Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

Suicide notes, self-harm messages a cry for help?

When Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma croon the “break-up song” in Bollywood flick ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’, he advises her to update her social media status from “baasi relationship ka label” (in a relationship) to “available” and get on with her life. If only it were so easy to handle a heart break. In June this year, when Hani Aswani of Ulhasnagar, a Mumbai suburb, broke up with his girlfriend of six years, he decided to hang himself. And, to drive home the message, the 26-year-old livestreamed his last moments…

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Cow antibodies bring hope for effective AIDS vaccine soon

Cow antibodies bring hope for effective AIDS vaccine soon

In a significant find, a team of researchers has reported for the first time elicitation of powerful, HIV-blocking antibodies in cows in a matter of weeks — a process that usually takes years in humans — paving the way for developing a broadly effective AIDS vaccine in the near future. According to the study, published in the prestigious journal Nature, the unexpected discovery in cows is providing clues for important questions at a moment when new energy has infused HIV vaccine research. “One approach to a preventive HIV vaccine involves…

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Depression may alter brain structure

Depression may alter brain structure

An individual suffering from depression may be at an increased risk of developing changes in the structure of the brain associated with communication and thinking skills, researchers say. The findings showed that alterations were found in parts of the brain known as white matter, which contains fibre tracts that enable brain cells to communicate with one another by electrical signals. White matter is a key component of the brain’s wiring and its disruption has been linked to problems with emotion processing and thinking skills, the researchers said. Further, people with…

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US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

US doctors reverse brain damage in drowned toddler

Doctors in the US have successfully reversed brain damage in a two-year-old who became unresponsive to all stimuli after a drowning accident. The girl experienced cardiac arrest after a cold water drowning accident in a swimming pool. After resuscitation at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in the US, MRI revealed deep brain injury as well as grey and white matter loss. She had no speech, gait or responsiveness to commands, and was constantly squirming and shaking her head. Since hyperbaric oxygen therapy was not available in the patient’s location, doctors at Louisiana…

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Therapy for parents of autistic children helps them handle emotions better

Therapy for parents of autistic children helps them handle emotions better

While therapy helps kids with autism, it has a great effect on parents too. According to recent study, a group of researchers have discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience improvements in their own depression, emotion regulation. Approximately 70% of children with autism struggle with emotional or behavioural problems, and may benefit from cognitive behaviour therapy to improve their ability to manage their emotions. The scientists discovered that parents who participate in cognitive therapy with their children with autism also experience a real benefit that…

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Have you been trying to lose weight? This simple diet tip can boost your progress

Have you been trying to lose weight? This simple diet tip can boost your progress

When trying to get in shape, changing your diet in small ways is crucial. Certain foods are extremely beneficial for you. So, if you among those who crave to order junk delicacies between 11am and 6pm time, you need to take a smart approach when it comes to snacking healthy. Munching all day, particularly on food with little nutrition, could result in eating too much and packing on extra kilos. A healthy snack between meals can also decrease your hunger and keep you from overeating at meal time. Nidhi Pant, co-founder of DesiVDesi…

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Researchers create a smart underwear that prevents lower back pain

Researchers create a smart underwear that prevents lower back pain

Engineers in the US have designed a smart, mechanised undergarment that may help prevent lower back pain by reducing muscle fatigue. While solutions for back pain are aplenty, most of them have at least one of three problems — they are unproven, unworkable or just plain unattractive. “People are often trying to capitalise on a huge societal problem with devices that are unproven or unviable,” said co-investigator Aaron Yang from Vanderbilt University Medical Centre in Nashville, Tennessee, US. “This smart clothing concept is different. I see a lot of health…

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5 signs you should quit a vegan diet

5 signs you should quit a vegan diet

Loading up on fruits and vegetables may not seem like a bad idea. However, the vegan diet may always not be the best for optimum health. Obsessing over any diet can have some side effects. According to nutritionist Urvashi Sawhney, if you experience any of these signs, it is time that you give up the vegan diet. 1.You are always bloated: If you eat only kale smoothies, beans and legumes for days, you can experience a lot of bloating. If bloating persists for weeks, it is a sign that you should…

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Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

India spent $16.9 billion on oil, gas and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 but the health costs to meet the burden of air pollution-linked diseases was eight times more at $140.7 billion, says a report by an European environmental non-profit organisation. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) assessed the spending of seven economically powerful countries on fossil fuel subsidies, and the health costs associated with fossil fuel subsidies. The report, `Hidden Price Tags’, said India can provide 375 million households with solar lamps or train nearly 32,000 extra doctors for rural…

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Does sweating mean more fat loss?

Does sweating mean more fat loss?

We have all been down this lane. Followed our gym instructor’s advice and done 10 minutes of treadmill, 20 minutes of cycling and 10 minutes of cross-trainer. And happily by the end of each gym session, we are soaked in layers of sweat. We step of the gym thinking these droplets of our hard work have translated into tremedous fat burn (and weight loss). But is your weight monitor showing the same on the scale? What does sweating mean? Sweating is your body’s mechanism of cooling down. This means that when…

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