Japan’s School System Is More Equitable—and Less Costly

KAWAMATA, Japan—In many countries, the United States included, students’ economic backgrounds often determine the quality of the education they receive. Richer students tend to go to schools funded by high property taxes, with top-notch facilities and staff that help them succeed. In districts where poorer students live, students often get shoddy facilities, out-of-date textbooks, and fewer guidance counselors. Not in Japan. According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a group of 35 wealthy countries, Japan ranks highly among its peers in providing its rich and poor students with…

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Ready in 30 mins or less: These crab recipes by chef Vikas Khanna are ideal for a lazy brunch

There are times when you just want to stare into nothingness and simply unwind at home. While there are big chances of ordering in, we believe there are ways to make your weekend-in all the more interesting. All it needs is a little effort on your part. These three recipes by Michelin-star chef Vikas Khanna are worth your time and effort in the kitchen, even on a weekend. Crab Cakes Preparation time: 25 mins Ingredients 2 packets- Pound Gadre crab sticks 1/3 cup- Crushed crackers (preferably Ritz) 3 green onions (green and…

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Less diverse gut viruses raise diabetes risk

Your child’s chances of developing Type I diabetes may depend on the diversity of viruses present in his or her intestines, researchers say. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system destroys the cells needed to control blood-sugar levels, requiring daily insulin injections and continual monitoring. The study showed that children whose gut viral communities are less diverse are more likely to generate self-destructive antibodies that can lead to Type 1 diabetes. Further, children who carried a specific virus belonging to the ‘Circoviridae family’…

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Late Bedtime Habit Linked to Less Control Over OCD Symptoms

There’s a common saying – “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. And it holds true because following a proper schedule helps your body in carrying out its various daily functions as well as recover from damage. When we break the balance, sleeping late or not getting adequate sleep, we hamper our health. A new study done by Binghamton University, State University of New York suggests that people who go to bed late appear to have less control over their obsessive thoughts. The researchers…

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Cancer Survivors May Be Less Likely to Get Pregnant, Reveals Study

A new study, presented at the Annual Meeting of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) in Geneva, indicates that women who have survived cancer may be less likely to conceive. The negative effect has been attributed to the treatment methods used for cancer such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Researchers believe that these can affect fertility and may also cause damage to the ovaries, uterus and potentially affect those brain centres that control the reproductive axis. According to Richard Anderson, Professor at the University of Edinburgh, “This analysis provides evidence of the…

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