Health and Lifestyle

Saturday, April 21, 2018Beer belly bad for your heart

New York, April 21: If you have developed a spare tyre, it is time you saw a doctor to assess your cardiovascular health as researchers have found that belly fat, even in people who are not otherwise overweight, is bad for the heart.

"People with a normal weight but a fat belly have more chance of heart problems than people without a fat belly, even if they are obese according to BMI (body mas


Saturday, April 21, 2018Ravi Thapar next Ambassador to Nicaragua

New Delhi, Apr 21: Indian Ambassador to Panama has been given the addition charge of envoy to Nicaragua.

Mr Thapar, a 1983-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, would take up this assignment soon.

Presently Ambassador of lndia to Panama, Mr Thapar has been concurrently accredited as the next Ambassador of India to Nicaragua, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Last mont


Saturday, April 21, 2018WHO concerned over increasingly overwhelmed health services in Gaza Strip

Gaza, Apr 21: Mass demonstrations in Gaza have left at least 33 Palestinians dead and more than 4279 injured since March 30, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The escalating violence has also led to the injury of 41 health staff, of whom 3 were injured by bullets, with 13 ambulances damaged by bullets and tear gas, a WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region report said on Saturday



Saturday, April 21, 2018Treat sunburn, improve gastro immune system with yogurt

New Delhi, April 21: Yogurt, the versatile dairy product, is filled with nutrition and is equally useful for skin and hair. Treat sunburns, acne and improve your immunity with yogurt, say experts.

Himanshu Chadha, Founder, APS Cosmetoofood, and Nmami Agarwal, Nutritionist and Dietician, have listed the goodness of yogurt:

* Treat sunburn: Spread yogurt on the affected area, leave it for 20-


Friday, April 20, 2018Delicious ways to eat mangoes this season

New Delhi, April 20: From mango sandwich to a mango dessert, one can try out some delicious ways of trying this fruit so that you can make the most of it this season.

Carefully curated by French chef Gregory Bazire from Brooke Bond Taj Mahal Tea House and Chef Paul Hayward, Executive Pastry Chef, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, try out these mango recipes and enjoy the summer season.

* Earl Grey E


Thursday, April 19, 2018Eat fatty fish to cut your heart disease risk

April 19: Consuming fatty fish four times a week may help increase the amount of good cholesterol and prevent the risk of heart disease, finds a study.

The findings showed that fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, also known as good cholesterol, in people with impaired glucose metabolism.

Morever, using daily 30 ml of camelina oil


Thursday, April 19, 2018HOME REMEDIES FOR ACIDITY

Home remedies for acidity make it easy to treat the condition of excessive secretion of acids in the stomach during the process of digestion. They include consuming plantains, cumin seeds, orange juice, cloves, milk, honey, apple cider vinegar, ginger, jaggery, aerated drinks, coconut water, coriander leaves, leafy vegetables, and sprouts, among a number of other similar food products.

There a



Our stomach produces hydrochloric acid to digest the food that we eat. Whenever we eat, cells within the lining of the stomach pump acid to liquefy all the elements of that sumptuous dinner.

Problems occur when these cells produce large amounts of acid, more than your stomach needs. When this happens, you will suffer from stomach acidity. You would know if you were suffering from stomach acidi


Tuesday, April 17, 2018Jewellery trends go bold and asymmetrical for 2018

The 2018 is witnessing some new trends in jewellery and the re-imagination of some of the trends of yore. From boldness, juxtaposition of colours, asymmetrical shapes to trapped and protected gemstones, experts suggest some trends for this year.

Venkatesh S., lead designer at, enlists some of the most prominent trends that one can expect in the months to come.

* Bold statement


Tuesday, April 17, 2018Ayurvedic skin care for swimmers

It is that time of the year and swimming pools are filled with people who wish to escape the heat. Before you step out this summer, ensure you have some skin protection, say experts.

Omkar Kulkarni, Head of R&D department, Netsurf Network and Austin, Head - Research and Development, Cholayil Private Limited, lists some tips.

* An earthy touch: A dip in the pool can beat the summer heat but


Monday, April 16, 2018Novel tool may combat HIV transmission in women

Toronto, April 16: Scientists have developed a new tool that can potentially help protect women from being infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

The tool -- a vaginal implant -- decreases the number of cells that the HIV virus can target in a woman's genital tract.

Unlike conventional methods of HIV prevention such as condoms or anti-HIV drugs, the novel implant takes advan


Thursday, April 12, 201810 Common Summer Workout Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to sweating it out in the summer heat, common missteps can eventually lead to dangerous health risks. With sweltering humidity and rising temperatures, it's important to have a solid checklist of what not to do—both to keep you safe and allow you to perform at your best.

If you've spent all fall, winter and spring cooped up indoors, check out this list of common summer workout mi


Thursday, April 12, 2018 ‘Eat a Whole Pizza’ workout is probably the workout of your dreams.

Fitness has always been about maintaining a strict and healthy diet while diligently heading to the gym or going for yoga. But if you are a diehard foodie, who cannot resist food at all, moreover, your food is all about more and more intake of carbs, then it’s a fair game to indulge in a cheat meal after a strenuous workout session once in a while. Not many know that a whole wheat or whole grain


Thursday, April 12, 2018Alternative sanitary pads are here, but accessibility still an issue

New Delhi, April 12: Awareness about the harm easily-accessible, plastic-based sanitary napkins have been causing to both health and the environment is spreading -- but slowly. And helping the cause of better menstrual hygiene, many sanitary pad makers, NGOs and indigenous brands are turning towards natural products to produce sustainable pads.

Organic cotton, banana or jute fibre -- and even


Wednesday, April 11, 2018Brain injury in teenagers may up Alzheimer's risk: Lancet

London, April 11: Sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBT) in your 20s may increase the risk of developing dementia including Alzheimer's in your 50s by 60 per cent, a review of nearly three million patients has revealed.

The findings, published in journal The Lancet Psychiatry, showed that men with traumatic brain injury histories had slightly higher rate of developing dementia (30 per cent


Tuesday, April 10, 2018'India can be example to world in eliminating TB'

New Delhi, April 10: Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Janet Tobias says she admires the fact that India is striving to eliminate tuberculosis (TB) by 2025 -- well before the global target date of 2030. She feels that India can not only eliminate the infectious disease, but it can be an example to the world on how to do it.

"Given what India accomplished with smallpox and polio eradication, I think


Sunday, April 8, 2018Lipid in eyes can prevent diabetic retinopathy

New York, April 8: A particular type of lipid or fat -- earlier thought to be only existing in the skin -- has now been found in eyes. It may play a key role in deterring the eye disease diabetic retinopathy.

Diabetic retinopathy is considered one of the most debilitating complications of diabetes and the leading cause of vision loss among adults.

"Our study presents an unexpected finding t


Saturday, April 7, 2018PM wishes people on World Health Day

New Delhi, Apr 7 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday wished people on World Health Day.

In a message, the Prime Minister said, "Good health is the foundation of human progress. This World Health Day, I wish all of you remain in the best health and continue to scale new heights of growth. '

'I welcome the theme 'Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere' that has been chosen by


Thursday, April 5, 2018KEEPING IT COOL !!!

This is promising to be a hot dry summer. We’ve already had scorching daytime temps and expect it to get hotter. We northern iglooers don’t normally worry about too much heat, but this year, be ware. Heat stroke is serious and can be life-threatening.

Keep your cool.

Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weat


Wednesday, April 4, 2018Smartphone app better at measuring blood flow

A smartphone app using the phone's camera has performed better than traditional physical examination to assess blood flow in patients undergoing coronary angiography, scientists said on Tuesday.

The findings highlight the potential of smartphone applications to help physicians make decisions at the bedside.

"Because of the widespread availability of smartphones, they are being used increasi


Wednesday, April 4, 2018Here's why you should consume coconut water in summer

during the summer season, the refreshing coconut water comes as a saviour, for we can beat the scorching heat and cool our body by savouring it. Coconut water not only quenches our thirst but also helps in keeping our body hydrated. It is considered as one of the healthiest drink and also promotes many health benefits.

Here are some health benefits of coconut water:

Treats dehydration


Tuesday, April 3, 2018'Sanitary pads need to be made biodegradable'

New Delhi, April 3: Periods: The word is no longer taboo. Both women and men, in recent times, have spoken out about menstrual health and there has been quite a lot of awareness over it through films and other medium.

Unfortunately, there is not as much awareness about the 'long lasting', 'stain free', 'soft' sanitary pads which different multinationals promote and which are easily available i


Tuesday, April 3, 2018Eight new trauma centres for road accident victims

Kolkata, Apr 3 : The West Bengal Government is in the process of starting eight trauma care centres across the State.

The locations would be on or near national and state highways, and other important roads.

Six of these centres will be located at SSKM Hospital, Bardhaman Medical College and Hospital (BMCH), North Bengal Medical College and Hospital (NBMCH), and in Kharagpur, Asansol and I


Monday, April 2, 2018Substandard and falsified medical products may cause harm to patients

Kolkata, Apr 2 : Substandard and falsified medical products may cause harm to patients and fail to treat the diseases for which they were intended.

Falsified medical products may contain no active ingredient, the wrong active ingredient or the wrong amount of the correct active ingredient. They are also found to commonly contain corn starch, potato starch or chalk, a WHO report today said.Some


Saturday, March 31, 2018Tips to minimise indoor air pollution

New Delhi, March 31: Add more plants to your decor and keep a tab on your appliances to keep a check on the indoor pollution at your home, say experts.

Gita Ramanan, Architect and Interior Designer, Founder, Design Cafe, and Anuj Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, Livspace, share some tips.

* Plants not only brighten up a space, but also are a source of fresh air. These Indian plants: Areca P


Friday, March 30, 2018Pakistan, Afghanistan thank UAE for help in fighting polio

Abu Dhabi, March 30: Pakistan and Afghanistan have thanked the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for its help in efforts to fight polio in the two countries.

"Pakistan and Afghanistan are the last two endemic countries in the eastern Mediterranean for polio, where the efforts for its eradication are still on. In the last two years, Pakistan has made significant strides and fortunately in 2018 we hav


Friday, March 30, 2018Food additives added to food to maintain safety, freshness, taste, texture or appearance

Kolkata, Mar 30 : Food additives are substances added to food to maintain or improve its safety, freshness, taste, texture, or appearance.

Some food additives have been in use for centuries for preservation – such as salt (in meats such as bacon or dried fish), sugar (in marmalade), or sulfur dioxide (in wine).

Many different food additives have been developed over time to meet the needs of


Thursday, March 29, 2018Improving TB treatment and control in West and Central Africa

Cotonou (West Africa), Mar 29 : The search for innovative and effective ways of tackling tuberculosis (TB) in the African Region is gaining momentum.

TB experts from West and Central African countries are meeting in Cotonou, Benin to share best practices and lessons learnt inTuberculosis case finding and treatment, a WHO statement today said

The meeting brings together National Tuberculosis


Wednesday, March 28, 2018Young obese at higher risk of cancer: Study

New York, March 28: Obesity which often leads to cancer in older adults is now reported with increasing frequency in young adults, a new study says.

According to the researchers, obesity increases the risk of 13 different cancers in young adults.

The meta-analysis describes how obesity has shifted certain cancers to younger age groups, and intensified cellular mechanisms promoting the disea


Tuesday, March 27, 2018An estimated 180 000 deaths every year caused by burns

Kolkata, Mar 27 : Burns are a global public health problem, accounting for an estimated 180 000 deaths annually.

The majority of these occur in low- and middle-income countries and almost two thirds occur in the WHO African and South-East Asia regions.

In many high-income countries, burn death rates have been decreasing and the rate of child deaths from burns is currently over 7 times high