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Casting a spotlight on media and religion in India

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 luglio 2018

chandan mitraNEW DELHI — How can media coverage of religion contribute to greater understanding and foster social harmony? This question, among others, animated a dynamic forum co-hosted by India’s Baha’i community on Saturday in New Delhi.The event highlighted how, in the media, faith is too often associated only with negative expressions of religious practice, such as superstition, prejudice, oppression, and exclusion. With a rising tide of religious extremism over the past decades, religious violence has also garnered an abundance of attention in the media.Yet religion is vast and multifaceted, and its many constructive contributions to communities and to civilization itself are overlooked in popular discourse and media. This reality rings especially true in Indian society, according to Saturday’s panel of speakers, which included prominent media figures, government officials, scholars, and faith representatives.According to the Director General of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) K. G. Suresh, part of the problem is the lack of understanding about religion among media practitioners. “Journalists should understand the true nature of religion – that it contributes to love and unity, it inculcates virtues and morality,” said Mr. Suresh in his opening remarks as the chair of the forum on Saturday. “Religion should not be identified with the false godmen who exploit people and engage in criminal activities. They should focus on stories of harmony and loving co-existence between people of different religious communities and not just look for cases of conflict.” Panelists discussed some of the challenges associated with the current media model. For instance, they explored how the publication of stories is often driven by sensationalism. The pace at which news is reported often compromises the need for depth, accuracy, and nuance in a subject as complex as religion. While identifying the shortcomings of current media, the panel acknowledged the difficulty of finding a way forward. One of their main conclusions was that journalists need forums to pause and reflect on their coverage and the impact it has on perception and behavior.IIMC and the Office of Public Affairs of the Baha’is of India jointly hosted the gathering, called “Covering Religion with Sensitivity and Understanding in an Interdependent World,” held at the Institute’s campus in New Delhi.“We are trying to learn with others how the spiritual principles found in major religions can be applied to the transformation of individuals and society and for the betterment of the world. Given the great power of the media in shaping public perceptions and discourses, the Baha’i community of India and the IIMC felt there is a great need to have a conversation with media professionals about the way they cover religion,” explained Nilakshi Rajkhowa, Director of the Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in India.
At the event, print and broadcast journalists spoke frankly about what they perceive as challenges in reporting on religion, including the over-coverage of conflict and under-reporting of harmony among religious groups. Several speakers argued that in India, where religion is a strong presence in people’s lives, media’s responsibility to cover religion in a thoughtful and accurate manner takes on special importance and contributes to the way groups perceive their relationships to one another and society at large.Panelist Chandan Mitra, a Member of Parliament and the editor and managing director of The Pioneer newspaper, spoke about the need to appreciate religion’s unique influence on society. “If we are aiming for a value-based society, we cannot ignore religion. Religion gives us our sense of dharma or morality.” Reflecting on the event afterward, Mrs. Rajkhowa said, “Journalists can benefit from such spaces for deep, conscious reflection on their profession.” In the coming year, IIMC and the Baha’i community of India plan to continue the discussion on media and religion in a series of roundtable events.

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Acute Cardiovascular Care 2016 will put a spotlight on managing high risk patients

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 17 settembre 2016

navigatore coronarieThe annual congress of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), is held 15 to 17 October at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa in Lisbon, Portugal. The full scientific programme is available here. This year features state-of-the-art presentations by leading experts on “managing risk in acute cardiovascular care”, the congress theme.Professor Doron Zahger, Chairperson of the Scientific Programme, said: “All healthcare professionals working in acute cardiac care manage high risk patients in various situations such as acute heart failure, cardiac arrest, acute coronary syndromes, and high risk arrhythmias which can lead to sudden death.”Acute cardiovascular care is the specialty of cardiology dealing with acute problems in need of urgent care including heart attack, cardiac arrest, and acute heart failure, but also other conditions leading to acute cardiovascular problems such as pulmonary embolism or stroke.Original scientific research will be unveiled in a rich abstract programme covering the entire spectrum of acute cardiac care.
New studies will be presented on the hot topic of diagnosing myocardial infarction in the ambulance and emergency room. Professor Zahger said: “Prompt and accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure that patients receive the right treatment quickly, that the damage caused by heart attack is limited, and that the risk of heart failure is minimised. Accordingly, much research is ongoing in an effort to diagnose myocardial infarction earlier and more accurately.”Novel methods using shock wave therapy or medication for regenerating heart tissue that has suffered from restricted blood supply (ischaemia) will be revealed. The techniques may reduce infarct size, control inflammation, and improve heart function in patients with ischaemic heart disease.Inequalities in treatment of cancer patients who have a heart attack will be presented for the first time. The media will hear first-hand how care of these patients compares to those without cancer and the impact on in-hospital outcomes.
The use of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) to prevent sudden death is explored in patients who had an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest that was caused by acute myocardial infarction. “This is a unique use for ICDs and journalists will hear whether or not it shows promise for the future,” said Professor Zahger.ESC Gold Medallist Professor Keith Fox will give a keynote lecture during the inaugural session entitled “Vulnerable plaques in vulnerable patients”, providing journalists with new insights in this exciting field.An innovative virtual case area will showcase interactive demonstrations on a digital patient simulator. Cases with symptoms including palpitations, breathing difficulties, and swollen legs will be enacted in virtual patients created for the congress and discussed by international experts.This is the prime scientific event for all healthcare professionals working in acute cardiac care. More than 1000 delegates from around 80 countries are expected, including cardiologists, emergency physicians, intensive care physicians, interventionists, anaesthesiologists, imaging specialists, internists, cardiac surgeons, nurses, paramedics and other allied professionals who care for acutely ill cardiac patients. With hundreds of abstracts and more than 50 scientific sessions over three days, this is the event of the year in acute cardiovascular care.

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