Consuming soy foods such as soy milk and tofu and cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages, kale and broccoli may help reduce common side effects of treatment in breast cancer survivors, researchers say. Treatments designed to prevent breast cancer recurrence often inhibit the body’s production or use of oestrogen — the hormone that can fuel breast cancer growth. As a result, such patients often experience hot flushes and night sweats, among other side effects that are commonly post menopause. The findings, led by researchers from Georgetown University, showed that intake of cruciferous vegetables and soy foods were associated with fewer reports of menopausal symptoms.  Higher soy intake was also associated with less reported fatigue.  Phytochemicals, or bioactive food components, such as isoflavones in soy foods and glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables may be the source of the benefit, the researchers said. While isoflavones bind to oestrogen receptors and exert weak oestrogenic effects, glucosinolates in cruciferous vegetables influence levels of metabolising enzymes that can modulate inflammation and levels of oestrogen, possibly attenuating treatment-related symptoms. The study addresses an important gap in research on the possible role of lifestyle factors, such as dietary habits, in relation to side effects of treatments, said lead author Sarah Oppeneer Nomura from the University’s Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. “These symptoms can adversely impact survivors’ quality of life and can lead them to stopping ongoing treatments,” Nomura said. “Understanding the role of life style factors is important because diet can serve as a modifiable target for possibly reducing symptoms among breast cancer survivors,” she added. For the study, published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, the team included 173 non-Hispanic white and 192 Chinese Americans. Women who consumed more soy foods also showed suggestive associations with lower reporting of other symptoms, including joint problems, hair thinning/loss and memory, but these associations did not reach statistical significance. Thus, until more study is conducted, breast cancer patients should not suddenly start eating soy, if they have not consumed it before, the researchers warned. IANS : 12th. Dec,17



A group of women who have publicly accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment and assault, have detailed their accounts of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by the US President, the media reported. “This was serial misconduct and perversion on the part of Trump. Unfortunately, this behaviour isn’t rare in our society, and people of all backgrounds can be victims. The only reason I am here today is that this offender is now the President of our country,” Rachel Crooks, a former Bayrock Group receptionist who accused the President of kissing her on the mouth without her consent in 2005, said at a press conference on Monday. Samantha Holvey, the former Miss North Carolina 2006 who has accused Trump of inspecting beauty pageant contestants, and Jessica Leeds, who said the President of grabbing her chest and attempting to move his hand up her skirt on a flight, also appeared with Crooks at the conference, reports CNN. Brave New Films, a production company that released a film on the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault, hosted the event. At least 15 women have come forward with a wide range of accusations against Trump, ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault to lewd behaviour around women. In addition to the woman at Monday’s press conference, Trump’s accusers include Temple Taggart, the former Miss Utah USA who accused Trump of kissing her on the lips in 1997; Mindy McGillivray, who accused Trump of grabbing her behind at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida in 2003 and Natasha Stoynoff, who accused Trump of “forcing his tongue” down her throat during a photo shoot at Mar-a-Lago in 2005. Crooks called on Congress to “put aside party affiliations and investigate Trump’s history of sexual misconduct”, reports CNN. “In an objective setting, without question, a person with this record would have entered the graveyard of political aspirations, never to return… Yet here we are with that man as President.” Leeds added that while some areas of society were “being held accountable for unwanted behaviour… We are not holding our President accountable for what he is and who he is”. On Monday night, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that the allegations took place “long before he was elected president” and that Trump has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations”. Sanders also claimed that “eyewitnesses” have backed up Trump’s denials. “The President has denied these allegations, as have eyewitnesses. “Several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the President’s claim in this process and again, the American people knew this and voted for the President and we feel like we are ready to move forward in that process.” On Sunday, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said that women who accuse a man of inappropriate sexual behaviour including Trump “should be heard”, CNN reported. The renewed focus on Trump’s accusers comes as Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore fights to win a Republican seat, despite accusations that he pursued relationships with teenagers, including molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old when he was in his 30s. Moore has denied all the allegations and Trump has stood by Moore despite the accusations. IANS : 12th. Dec,17


Radio Choklate 104 FM – Odisha’s leading radio channel – distributed free clothes to persons living below poverty line by holding the 8th Street Store in Cuttack on Sunday.  As many as 200 people were benefited due to the noble initiative by Radio Choklate.  After receiving overwhelming success in Bhubaneswar, Kendrapara, Jajpur, Rourkela, Puri and Berhampur, the Radio Choklate hosted the 8th edition of Street Store at Sikharpur in silver city Cuttack to bring smile on poor and needy people’s face in chilling winter. The programme headed by Tanaya Patnaik, curator of the Street Store, was managed by Radio Choklate RJs including RJ Sangram, Nadim and Madhu. Radio Choklate 104 FM – Odisha’s leading radio channel – distributed free clothes to persons living below poverty line by holding the 8th Street Store here on Sunday. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 12th. Dec,17


Chris Hemsworth, who hit the jackpot with “Thor: Ragnarok”, will next be seen on the silver screen with “12 Strong” that will release in India in January. The war drama is being brought to India by MVP Entertainment, and will release on January 19, a statement said. Helmed by Nicolai Fuglsig, “12 Strong” is set in the harrowing days following 9/11 when a US Special Forces team, led by their new Captain, Mitch Nelson (Hemsworth), is chosen to be the first US troops sent into Afghanistan for an extremely dangerous mission. The film, based on book “Horse Soldiers”, also stars Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Navid Negahban, Trevante Rhodes, Elsa Pataky, William Fichtner, and Rob Riggle. IANS : 11th. Dec,17



Aimed at encouraging the players of Indian team who bagged a bronze medal winning against a spirited Germany at the Hockey World League (HWL) Final here, the State government awarded Rs 10 lakh cash prize to each member of the winning team and Rs 5 lakh to support staff. CM Naveen Patnaik congratulated them while giving away the cheque to the winning members. “I am delighted that the Indian Hockey team has won the bronze medal. I congratulate all of them. The State government is presenting each of them with a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to encourage them in future,” Patnaik said. Patnaik also tweeted about the cash award and appreciated the players for their brilliant performance. On the occasion, Odisha Governor SC Jamir, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and other dignitaries of the sports fraternity were present. Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is also here to watch the matches, did not announce any incentives for the bronze medallists. He said that incentives are provided under the sports policy for nurturing the talent of players. He said that the union government has revamped Khelo India aiming at impacting the entire sporting ecosystem, with wide-ranging interventions. He said under this scheme, the government will provide a scholarship to 1,000 talented youngsters across various sports disciplines. Each sportsperson selected under this scheme will receive an annual scholarship of Rs 5 lakh for eight consecutive years.  India clinched the bronze medal after winning 2-1in the nail biting match against Germany in the playoff for the third position in the Hockey World League (HWL) Final at the Kalinga Stadium here. S.V. Sunil (20th minute) and Harmanpreet Singh (54th, penalty corner) scored for the hosts who earned their second consecutive bronze medal in the HWL Final. The Odisha TV : 11th. Dec,17


Though always making headlines for the wrong reasons, there’s much more to Malkangiri than just Maoist menace. Beyond the poor roads and lack of civic and health infrastructure among the tribal dwellings in the lap of Mother Nature who has spread her bounty everywhere in the district, there are plenty of sporting talents here who have made it to numerous National events without even basic facilities. Groomed at the Malkangiri Sports nursery, between 2012 to 2016 as many as 263 girls and boys have represented Odisha in various National events. Apart from volleyball prodigy Sirisa Karami who made national headlines for being selected in Indian U-18 team and was even praised by Sachin Tendulkar, young talents in archery and various other sports have made it to major championships without even full time coaches or infrastructure for training.  In 2014, archers from this centre won gold in the national school championships while they won silver and bronze in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Five players of the district’s men’s volleyball team are part of the State team too. “Young talents groomed here have done well in various sports, specially volleyball, archery and weightlifting,” said Gyanendra Prasad Badhei, district sports officer, Malkangiri. A new sports hostel has come up here where 52 boys reside and train but there is no residential facilities for girls yet. Even, the star volleyball player Sirisa, who was even felicitated by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and was promised support for training, is yet to get any such special support from the State government. The Odisha TV : 11th. Dec,17


The government on Monday strictly asked TV channels not to air advertisements selling and promoting condoms because these are “indecent especially for children” and can create “unhealthy practices” among them. “It has been brought to the notice of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting that some channels carry advertisements of condoms repeatedly which are alleged to be indecent especially for children,” an advisory from the ministry said. The advisory invoked Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, banning an “advertisement which endangers the safety of children or create in them any interest in unhealthy practices or shows them begging or in an undignified or indecent manner”. “In view of the above, all TV channels are hereby advised not to telecast the advertisements of condoms which are for a particular age group and could be indecent/inappropriate for viewing by children. Indecent, vulgar, suggestive, repulsive or offensive themes or treatment shall be avoided in all advertisements.  It said such advertisements may be telecast between 10 pm and 6 am to avoid exposure of such material to children. “Any failure will attract action as per provisions of the rules,” said the advisory. The missive comes after the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) requested the ministry earlier this month to take a call on such ads and their telecast timing. In September, a condom advertisement featuring Sunny Leone drew protests from a Surat-based group. The ad, which was displayed on hoardings across the city and carried a message in Gujarati “play but with love” was shared on social media by people. City-based group Hindu Yuva Vahini staged a protest at one of the locations where the hoarding was displayed. IANS : 12th. Dec,17