MOOC can help women trying to make a comeback after Child Birth clinch ‘Dream Job’

MOOC can help women trying to make a comeback after Child Birth clinch 'Dream Job'
You could attend from the comfort of your house classes offered by elite colleges like Stanford, Oxford, or get trained by subject experts and that also for free or for a nominal cost

If you are a woman trying to get back to career after a break, by now you would be feeling bogged down by  statements like “you have missed the technical train”, “you do not have the required competency” and so on…You will be feeling dejected. But you need not…there is a way to get back to work by honing your skill set…and that also without leaving your house…

Just say yes to “MOOC”

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. You could attend from the comfort of your house classes offered by elite colleges like Stanford, Oxford, or get trained by subject experts and that also for free or for a nominal cost….. that’s MOOC explained in a line. MOOC was introduced in 2008 and since emerged as a popular mode of learning.

Benefits of MOOC:

  • They offer  large number of students the opportunity to study high quality courses online with prestigious universities, often at no cost.
  • They are ideal for independent study and students can select courses from any institution offering them.
  • They offer video lectures and provide interaction through peer review and group collaboration or automated feedback through objective, online assessments (including quizzes and exams).
  • Best option to top up skills and competences

Start you journey by selecting your MOOC Platform

Over the years many MOOC platforms have come up. Let me list out for you the top 3.

Coursera:

Coursera currently has 25 million registered learners and partners with 149 universities across 29 countries. Coursera now offers around 2,150 courses. Indeed a great collection. One could choose the desired course from 12 main categories namely Data science, Computer science, Personal development, Social science, IT, Business, Languages, Arts and Humanities, Life sciences and Math and Logic. In addition to single courses, Coursera also offers its own Specialization, and also offers fully-online Masters degrees. I must admit Coursera is my favorite.

edX:

edX too partners with top institutions from all over the world.  It’s the second largest MOOC provider in the world with over ten million students and offers over 1,500 courses. In addition to technical courses they provide courses in Law, Economics, Food and Nutrition, Ethics etc. edX offers certification programs like

MicroMasters certificateMicroMasters Programs are credit-eligible, provide in-demand knowledge and may be applied to accelerate a Master’s Degree.

Professional CertificateProfessional Certificates develop the proficiency and expertise that employers are looking for with specialized training and professional education.

X series CertificateXSeries are designed to provide a deep understanding of key subjects through a series of courses.

Udacity:

Unlike Coursera and edX, Udacity’s main partners are corporates like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and IBM Watson. Udacity offers lot many courses free, compared to above two. Its specialization course is called nanodegree. Udacity goes ahead to guarantee that those who purchase a Nanodegree Plus program will find a job within next six months. Currently they offer nanodegree in Digital marketing, Web development, Artificial Intelligence, Data science etc.

How to start with MOOC

How to start with MOOC
Start you journey by selecting your MOOC Platform

Once you decide on the platform get registered

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Meet Sophia…Sophia the Humanoid

Sophia the Human robot
She is the First Humanoid or First human like Robot

Sophia is a beautiful young girl. She is a citizen of Saudi Arabia. Probably the only woman from Saudi Arabia who is allowed to go around without wearing Hijab and without a male person accompanying her. She speaks English and Chinese and loves Sharukh Khan from Bollywood. She looks a lot like Hollywood actress  Audrey Hepburn.

All these might be making you think that I am describing a normal young girl, but not….she is the First Humanoid or First human like Robot. She is the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship. She is now two year old and by now she has travelled around the world attending all technology events.

All about Sophia the Humanoid

Sophia the humanoid
Sophia with her creator David Hanson : image
Sophia is the best example of robotics and artificial intelligence technologies coming together. Sophia was created by David Hanson and his friends at Hanson Robotics in Hong Kong. Sophia has perfect complexion and looks and can motorize as many as 66 facial expressions.  According to Mr Hanson “She can learn the human expressions by observing and pull-off self taught expressions. She is capable of wide ranging mimicking too,” .

Sophia describes herself as “I’m a real, live electronic girl. I would like to go out into the world and live with people. I can serve them, entertain them, and even help the elderly and teach kids. “. “It is science which created me, but philosophy will take me forward“. Whenever she is bombarded with the question about is this the beginning of machines taking over human, she answers them by saying that she sees this as the beginning of man and robot coexisting. She explains that she could be a great companion to lonely people, elderly people and specially disabled kids.

It’s not like she is  alone, she has seven siblings too.  

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5 Best ‘One – Stop Shop’ for Wellness and Health in India

5 Best 'One - Stop Shop' for Wellness and Health in IndiaThis is the age of ‘One – Stop Shop’. Its true in case of Healthcare too. With increased awareness among new age Indians about ‘staying fit’, we are continuously on lookout for ‘One – Stop Shop’ for Wellness and Health. Let me enlist for you best ‘One – Stop Shop’ for Wellness and Health in India.

 

  1. Health Total by Anjali Mukherjee
5 Best 'One - Stop Shop' for Wellness and Health in India
Health Total also provides ‘Do@home’ health/weight loss program, for extra busy people

As the name suggests Health Total is the baby of Anjali Mukherjee, a celebrity dietician. She has to her credentials three decades of experience. Team at Health Total believes in using food as medicine. They use a combination of ayurveda, food supplements, mild exercise and lifestyle changes to restore health and enhance energy levels in their clients. Health Total has  60 health centers across Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, Nasik and Indore. There service is also available through online. Health Total also provides ‘Do@home’ health/weight loss program, for extra busy people, which get delivered at door step after consultation with the medical team.

 

  1. Cure Fit
5 Best 'One - Stop Shop' for Wellness and Health in India
Cure Fit emerges as a tech-intensive wellness firm

The latest one that’s making buzz in wellness and lifestyle management service industry is Cure fit. It’s all gadget enabled and for new tech loving generation. Offerings from curefit is mainly packaged into three sub segments namely – cult.fit for physical fitness, eat.fit for healthy and nutritive food, and mind.fit for mental wellness offerings. HRX workout designed by Hrithink Roshan is available through cult.fit. It’s no wonder to see Cure Fit emerge as a tech-intensive wellness firm as its owned by Mukesh Bansal, founder of Myntra (now owned by Flipkart). Through Cure Fit they aim to provide an end-to-end proactive health management to consumers. According to them, through Cure fit, consumers will be able to enjoy better quality of life, reduce the probability of falling sick, and significantly reduce the risk of long-term chronic diseases.

 

  1. VLCC Wellness

5 Best 'One - Stop Shop' for Wellness and Health in India

VLCC is a name synonymous with weight loss in India. VLCC was founded by Vandana Luthra in 1989, when people in India was not even familiar with wellness and weight management. Over these years VLCC has grown into a big brand with 205 Wellness Centers in India and 49 in 10 other countries. At VLCC  they bring in latest scientific technologies along with nutritional and lifestyle counseling to create healthy wellbeing. They believe that each individual is unique and hence each person is assesed by a panel of experts comprising of include doctors, nutritionists, dietitians, psychologists, counselors, physiotherapists, therapists, beauty experts and dermatologists before formulating a detailed wellness plan. They have now diversified into even skincare, haircare, bodycare, functional foods and fortified foods products.

 

  1. Growfit
5 Best 'One - Stop Shop' for Wellness and Health in India
Grow Fit team comprises of chefs, nutritionists and engineers

Grow Fit is a health-tech company that uses data science, medical expertise and personalized inputs to improve the health and wellness of its customers. Grow Fit team comprises of chefs, nutritionists and engineers. Grow Fit assesses food intake and vital values with the help of an app and through a combination of expert advice and nutrition (which they deliver at doorstep) helps users to lead a healthier life. Growfit is the brain child of Jyotsna Pattabiraman.

 

5. Selfcare

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Say ‘I Do’ this Valentine’s day with DNA Tests

Today, you can learn about your genetic makeup by providing a simple, painless cheek swab which can be done in the comfort of your home. Head straight to the Mapmygenome website

“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible” – Harry Burns (When Harry met Sally). It’s that time of the year when the world falls in love. Statistically speaking, YOU too might be considering uttering “I Do” (or something to that effect) this V-day!

If you reside in India, chances are rather high that by now your Kundlis or Janampatris would have been matched, scrutinized and probably memorized, hoping to find out what the stars have to say about how your journey together would shape up. The stars may or may not have a direct impact on how your lives unfold, but for sure your DNA have a big say in this matter. SO get your Genomepatris too along with Janampatri.

So what’s Genomepatri? Few basics before introducing you all to Genomepatri. 

DNA, or DeoxyriboNucleic Acid, is the wonder molecule found at the heart of each of the 50 Trillion odd cells in your body! Each DNA molecule contains over 3.2 BILLION letters (called bases), that write out your Book of life – the code to your life; the instruction manual that makes you, so uniquely YOU. The DNA of each individual is unique, and that’s what makes you look and behave in a unique manner. Having said that, it’s interesting to note that this instruction manual reads almost identical for each human being! Yes, we all share ~99.9% DNA! That 0.1% difference in our code, is what makes us unique!

While some of this “variation” can easily be observed just by looking at each other – some are tall, some short; some are obese, some too lanky; some have curly hair, some straight, some wavy (…you get the whiff); a lot of these “variations” coded in our DNA can’t be observed, and hence appreciated. Some people are more resilient than others; some are better at feedback based learning; some are great sprinters, while others are more suited to cross country running; some are more susceptible to developing cancers, while others may have a greater predisposition to Cardiac conditions.

This sounds wonderful, at the same time a little intimidating, and a lot like science fiction. That’s where Mapmygenome comes into play. Today, you can learn about your genetic makeup by providing a simple, painless cheek swab which can be done in the comfort of your home. Head straight to  the Mapmygenome website

Mapmygenome is India’s leading direct-to-consumer genomics company! Established in 2013 with a vision to provide “Better Health for Indians through genomics”,  Mapmygenome specializes in enabling predictive, preventive, personalized healthcare for one and all. Through their varied offerings, they help one read and understand their genetic variations, and the impact they have on one’s life and health.

More about the Test : Genomepatri

Mapmygenome and Valentines Day
Mapmygenome is India’s leading direct-to-consumer genomics company

Genomepatri is the best personal genomics test that’s available for people in India. Genomepatri assesses inherited and acquired genetic health risks for 100 odd conditions, grouped into 16 panels. To learn more about Genomepatri, (add website link). Coupled with expert, personalised genetic counseling, they help you optimise your efforts towards building a healthier, better you, by listening to YOU…right down to a molecular level. Give them a simple cheek swab sample, and walk out with a personalised action plan for creating a version 2.0 of yourself, tailored to your genetics!!

What will you receive at the end of this Test

Mapmygenome and Valentines Day

You will receive a comprehensive report with details on your Genetic risk measured as ‘Life Time Risk’. The report takes into account your lifestyle, environment factors, family history, clinical evaluation etc. Genetic Counselor and Panel of Doctors will sit with you to explain each aspect of the report.

So…what will this Test report tell you about you and your partner

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Causes and Cure for Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks
While it’s not a disease or death causing one, disfigurement from Stretch marks cause emotional and psychological distress

Stretch marks or Striae gravidarum affects up to 90% of women. While it’s not a disease or death causing one, disfigurement from Stretch marks cause emotional and psychological distress. They normally develop on stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, upper arms, and lower back during second and third trimester.

Stretch marks happens when the skin is suddenly stretched often due to pregnancy. It is also seen with sudden weight gain, obesity and puberty.

What causes stretch marks during Pregnancy

There are two things that contributes towards stretch marks during pregnancy. One for sure due to the rate at which body expands during pregnancy which leads to skin tears. The second because of increased levels of hormones in pregnancy. Experts are still debating about it. These hormones causes more water to reach the skin, which relaxes the bonds between collagen fibers. As a result skin tear faster when it is stretched.

Some women are at higher risk for getting stretch marks

  • Family history
  • How much weight gain happen during pregnancy
  • Single or multiple birth
  • Had stretch marks before only, due to obesity

Use Essential Body Oil For Mama from Mamearth to reduce Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Use Essential Body Oil For Mama from Mamearth to reduce Pregnancy Stretch Marks

If I say there exist a complete cure for pregnancy stretch mark, it would be a blatant lie. Essential Body Oil For Mama from Mamearth is a wonderful product that can help you reduce the Pregnancy Stretch Marks. This one is best to be applied when you are in second trimester. The fact that this one is made using 10 prime essential oils like pracaxi oil, sea buckthorn oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil vouches for its quality.

What can this product do to your skin

  1. Prevent and repair stretch marks:  Blend of nourishing essential oils like sea buckthorn Oil, pracaxi oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, tea tree oil, lavender oil help in reducing the appearance of stretch marks and increases skin elasticity and maintains skin moisture.
  2. Reduce skin irritation: Stimulates the production of new collagen and improves skin elasticity.
  3. Keep skin hydrated: Nutrient rich sea buckthorn oil promotes skin elasticity, hydration and regeneration.
  4. Makes skin healthy and supple :Essential oils also provides moisturizing benefits.
  5. Safe to use on any kind of skin type: It is made up of natural ingredients and hence is safe for use during and after pregnancy. It contains absolutely no harmful ingredients like mineral oil, petrolatum, parabens, artificial fragrances or artificial colors. MamaEarth is FDA approved, which means it is 100% safe for babies as well as mamas.

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Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them

Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them
Let me break two beliefs right away; Mosquitoes do not bite and they do not feed on blood for food….

In the middle of your quiet sleep, suddenly you wake up scratching your hand and leg. The villain who disturbed your peaceful sleep is none other than mosquito. Mosquito bite is annoying, itchy, painful and above all irritating. It is the same small creature which does not allow your little one to play at peace in the park. They come back home complaining of itching and pain with swelling.

Have you ever wondered Why Mosquito Bites Itch and How to Stop Them

Let me break two beliefs right away; Mosquitoes do not bite and they do not feed on blood for food….

Mosquitoes do not feed on blood for Food

Both male and female mosquitoes get required nutrients not from blood, but from nectar. So why do they need blood. From blood mosquitoes get protein and iron needed to develop their eggs. Female mosquito feeds on blood, only when she’s developing eggs. 

Mosquitoes do not Bite

The mosquito with her proboscis, which is a straw-like mouthpart, pierces into the upper layer of skin. The mosquito then uses her proboscis to search for a good pumping blood vessel in the dermal layer. She then releases some of her saliva into the wound. Mosquito saliva contains an anti-coagulant protein which prevents the blood from clotting and allows her to suck blood into the belly until she is finished with her meal. 

Now the important question… Why Mosquito Bites Itch

It’s not the piercing with proboscis that causes itching, but the saliva from mosquitoes. The saliva comprising of 19 enzymes along with anti-coagulant protein sparks the allergic reaction. Body’s immune system responds to these allergens by releasing histamines which causes itching, inflammation, and swelling. In addition mast cells also contribute towards itching by releasing a substance other than histamine which are sensed by peripheral neurons causing a cascade of signals to the central nervous system.

So How to get rid of this Itch and Swelling…. Try out After Bite Roll On from Mamaearth

Try this product with anti-inflammatory properties which is made from 100% natural blend of essential oils for mosquito bites. It has no ammonia, alcohol, preservatives, mineral oil or chemicals.

Try this product with  anti-inflammatory properties  which is made from 100% natural blend of essential oils for mosquito bites. It has no ammonia, alcohol, preservatives, mineral oil or chemicals.  This product made using ingredients like chamomile, lavender, calendula and peppermint oil provides quick relief from rashes and itching due to mosquito. Since all ingredients used are natural and free of toxins they are totally safe on sensitive skin of babies.

Have a quick look at Wonderful Ingredients

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Breast Cancer Information and Awareness

High time we move from disease care to preventive care

 

Deaths from Breast cancer  in India is predicted to increase to 76,000 year on by 2020 with an average age of incidence shifting to 30 years from 50 years. Very disturbing facts. The age adjusted incidence rate of  Breast cancer was found as high as 41 per 100,000 women in Delhi, 37.9 in Chennai, 34.4 in Bangalore and 33.7 in Thiruvananthapuram.

High time we move from disease care to preventive care. This can be done by increasing disease awareness, initiating population-based breast cancer screening programs and making  breast screening available at more hospitals and healthcare centres at less cost. Through breast surveillance, cancers can be detected early when they are small and have not spread to lymph nodes making breast conservation possible as well causing reduction in mortality from breast cancer.

 

First understand the Risk factors:

  •  Compared to married women, single women showed  4–5-fold higher risk for developing breast cancer in the age group of 40–54 and above
  • Nulliparous women (woman who has never given birth) have a 2.2-fold higher risk than parous women
  • Having one or more first-degree relatives (mother, sisters) who have had breast cancer increases a woman’s chances of developing this disease
  •  BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations having been identified as the major genetic cause
  • The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age
  • Overweight women are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer
  •  High breast cancer incidence have been reported in Parsi community (consanguineous marriages, late age of marriage and childbirth)
  • Women who have had breast biopsies have an increased risk of breast cancer
  • Women who have high breast density have an increased risk of breast cancer
  • Women who have received radiation therpay to chest wall for any cause have an increased risk of breast cancer

How to detect breast cancer early on:

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