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2nd March, 2017
Supreme Court denies nod to woman to terminate her 26-week fetus

New Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI) The Supreme Court has refused to allow a woman, who is in her 26th week of pregnancy, to abort her foetus on the ground that it suffered from 'down syndrome', saying "we have a life in our hands". The apex court said that as per a report of the medical board constituted to examine the 37-year-old woman, there was no physical risk to the mother in continuation of pregnancy.
 
A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao observed that though "everybody knows that children with down syndrome are undoubtedly less intelligent, but they are fine people."  The bench said as per the report, the foetus is "likely to have mental and physical challenges" but the advice of the doctors does not warrant termination of pregnancy. "With this report, we don't think we are going to allow termination of pregnancy. We have a life in our hands," the bench said. "In these circumstances, as per the present advice, it is not possible to grant permission to terminate the pregnancy," the court said. 
 
Down syndrome is a congenital disorder due to a chromosome defect, which causes intellectual impairment and physical abnormalities, which varies from individual to individual. Babies with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21. Down syndrome is also referred to as Trisomy 21 (CDC).
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Even 3-4 mm BP reduction matters

Recent studies have shown the prevalence of hypertension to be 25% in urban and 10% in rural India. Good news is that even minor reductions in BP can be significant.

New Delhi, March 01, 2017: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death and hypertension is the most common, reversible risk factor for CVD. High blood pressure goes hand-in-hand with, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, overweight/obesity and diabetes.

In India, 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure and the total number is over 10 crore. Of those with high blood pressure, nearly 30% don't know they have it, and 65% don't have it under control.
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