POSTED BY News Ed ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 11:51 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 IST

The trending Ice Bucket Challenge seems to have finally reached India with actress Hansika Motwani and ace tennis player Rohan Bopanna being two of the first in the country to pour a bucket of ice cold water on themselves.

Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched in ice cold water, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge USD 100 to ALS research.

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POSTED BY News Ed ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 11:51 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 15, 2014 AT 15:23 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 15, 2014 15:23 IST

The health minister Harsh Vardhan was recently in the news for his views on sex education.

EastIndiaComedy looks  'at India's attitude towards sex through a "government approved" sex education lecture.'

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 15, 2014 AT 15:23 IST, Edited At: Jul 15, 2014 15:23 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 07, 2014 AT 15:01 IST ,  Edited At: Jan 07, 2014 15:01 IST
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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jan 07, 2014 AT 15:01 IST, Edited At: Jan 07, 2014 15:01 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 17, 2013 AT 23:27 IST ,  Edited At: May 18, 2013 03:27 IST

The power of a celebrity sharing personal anecdotes, particularly when it comes to something as life-threatening as breast-cancer and as moving and transformative an experience as a preventive double mastectomy (the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts) to reduce risk of breast cancer was brought home when Angelina Jolie wrote her celebrated "brave and heroic" op-ed in the New York Times. what she described as a "desire to encourage other women to get gene-tested and to raise awareness of the options available to those at risk"

Leaving aside predictable adoloscent male responses on the lines of memorial pages on something aptly named as the Superficial, there was genuine admiration and a world-wide media-buzz.  As the Guardian put it:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 17, 2013 AT 23:27 IST, Edited At: May 18, 2013 03:27 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 14, 2013 AT 21:43 IST ,  Edited At: May 14, 2013 21:43 IST

Writing in the New York Times, Angelina Jolie has revealed that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy (the medical term for the surgical removal of one or both breasts) to reduce her risk of breast cancer.

My doctors estimated that I had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, although the risk is different in the case of each woman.

Only a fraction of breast cancers result from an inherited gene mutation. Those with a defect in BRCA1 have a 65 percent risk of getting it, on average.

Once I knew that this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy. I started with the breasts, as my risk of breast cancer is higher than my risk of ovarian cancer, and the surgery is more complex.

On April 27, I finished the three months of medical procedures that the mastectomies involved. During that time I have been able to keep this private and to carry on with my work.

But I am writing about it now because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience. Cancer is still a word that strikes fear into people’s hearts, producing a deep sense of powerlessness. But today it is possible to find out through a blood test whether you are highly susceptible to breast and ovarian cancer, and then take action.

Read the full piece at the NYT: My Medical Choice

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 14, 2013 AT 21:43 IST, Edited At: May 14, 2013 21:43 IST
     
 
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