Ignorance, skepticism keep people from taking vaccine booster dose

Say people got Covid even after taking two doses Many residents of Karnataka are not keen on taking the booster dose of the Covid vaccine. High price of the dose, decreasing fear of Covid, ignorance and skepticism are the probable reasons, experts say. Raunak Sharma, 21, who hasn’t taken the booster dose, informed The Observer: “People are […]

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Bengaluru needs more mental health workers, cheaper therapy

A session costs Rs 3k-Rs 5k in the city Samiksha Prakash, 26, had been struggling with anxiety issues when she decided to take up therapy sessions in Bengaluru. However, she was unaware that the cost of therapy would drill a hole in her pocket.  “I earn around Rs 30,000 to Rs 32,000 per month,” said Prakash, “and […]

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Anemia increases 5 per cent in Bengaluru girls in 15-19 age group

Vitamin B12, iron deficiency is leading cause Anemia cases have increased in girls aged between 15 and 19 in Bengaluru over the years.  According to the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS),  45.1 per cent of girls in this age group have anemia. among these girls, an increase of almost 5 per cent since NFHS-4. Hetesvi […]

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WFH during lockdowns raised mental stress among women

Had more work at home despite help from men. Women working from home had more workload than men during the pandemic-induced lockdowns, affecting their mental health, as per a study.  Deloitte’s study on the impact of pandemic on working women has revealed that 65 per cent of the surveyed women had shouldered greater responsibility than […]

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Crocheting therapy being used to treat dementia patients

It engages the patient’s mind, studies show Crocheting and knitting, considered a hobby by many, is now being used by psychologists in senior care centres for the treatment of dementia.  Crocheting or knitting is a process in which you weave a yarn or thread by hooks in a certain pattern. These patterns can then be […]

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Re-implemented menstrual pads scheme remains on paper

NGOs step in as  government school girls aren’t getting any sanitary pads Despite the re-implementation of the Shuchi scheme by the Karnataka government in the financial year 2021-22, government schools in Bengaluru are still not receiving sanitary napkins. The scheme aims at distributing sanitary pads among adolescent girls in government schools and PU colleges.  The Observer […]

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Rise in infertility is becoming a concern for Karnataka women

Stress, smoking,  drinking among the many reasons A man came in with swift steps with a box of sweets in his hands. The nurses smiled and congratulated him on having his first newborn. In contrast to him was a  woman, not more than 25 years of age, wiping her tear-stained face with the crumpled end of […]

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