Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

Here’s why a high sugar diet of desserts and colas can be bad for your heart and liver

It is a known fact that drinking too many soft drinks and eating a lot of sweets is unhealthy, but it may put even otherwise healthy people at increased risk of heart disease, warns new research. The study, published in the journal Clinical Science, showed that healthy men had increased levels of fat in their blood and fat stored in their livers after they consumed a high sugar diet. “Our findings provide new evidence that consuming high amounts of sugar can alter your fat metabolism in ways that could increase…

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Mercury to repair teeth a bad fix for your health

Mercury to repair teeth a bad fix for your health

Mercury has been a critical component of dental amalgam fillings for decades. But a recent decision by European Union to phase out its usage among children and pregnant women has renewed the debate on its harmful effects. In India, Toxics Link, a non-government organisation working on chemical pollution, has written to Dental Council of India (DCI) seeking ban on its use. “Children lose their milk tooth, hence filling cavities with mercury amalgam only generates more mercury bearing waste and also exposes the child to further risks of mercury toxicity,” claimed…

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ADHD: Not Bad Behavior But Physical Illness

ADHD: Not Bad Behavior But Physical Illness

Are you facing difficulties in finishing tasks, listening to your boss or concentrating on your current project of work? You may be having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder commonly known as ADHD. ADHD leads to people finding it difficult to concentrate on one thing at a time, leading to troubled relationships and difficulty in school or work. Youngsters are known to be prone to this disorder due to hormonal and social changes they go through. ADHD leads to poor social involvement, low self-esteem and inability to work in a child. Children…

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Food and Mood: 10 Foods That Can Cheer You Up on a Bad Day

Food and Mood: 10 Foods That Can Cheer You Up on a Bad Day

We know that sweet treats or your favourite foods can make you happy and turn things around on a low day but we’re talking science. Some foods are known to transform your mood because of certain compounds that they contain. A lot of research has shown that our diet can affect our mood. The theory is simple – the food we eat can bring about certain changes in our brain structure which can affect your mood and behaviour. There are also several factors that can affect your feelings. These simple…

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Bad air worse again, fog to return

Bad air worse again, fog to return

Delhi’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” level on Friday–first time this December–as the weather deteriorated and the Met office warned of dense fogin isolated pockets over the weekend. For nearly a month, the air quality index (AQI) kept fluctuating between “poor” and “very poor” categories. There were many “severe” days in November, the last was on November 29. But on Friday , levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) shot up by many times. The sky appeared hazy through the day. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),…

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Is Soya Bad for Your Health? Here’s Why You Should Have it Sparingly

Is Soya Bad for Your Health? Here’s Why You Should Have it Sparingly

In recent times soya has been much talked about and touted as the new big thing, especially for vegetarians. However, studies indicate that the health benefits of soya may have been greatly exaggerated, mostly by the soya industry itself. In fact, soya makes its way into almost all processed food because of its versatility. Also, soya is cheap and in abundance. It adds thickness, creaminess and bulk to processed food. Now healthy or not, that is a question I have set out to answer.Doctors agree that eating soya on a…

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Modern Life, Bad Habits: Africa Faces Deadly New Illnesses

Modern Life, Bad Habits: Africa Faces Deadly New Illnesses

When Rose Kariuki first felt a lump on her left breast, the spectre of cancer — a disease she had only heard of on television — was the last thing on her mind. “To me, cancer was nowhere near us. It was shocking, I feared death, I feared so many things,” the 46-year-old Kenyan school teacher told AFP. Rose is one of a growing number of Africans suffering from cancer, one of the lifestyle diseases — along with diabetes and heart problems — proving increasing deadly on the continent. A…

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What are states doing to fight bad air?

What are states doing to fight bad air?

Raising concern over the poor air quality in Delhi and its adjoining area, the NCR Planning Board on Tuesday asked its member states Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan -to submit their action plans. It also asked the state governments to increase forest cover to 20% from the present 3.3% and to start land acquisition for building seven new inter-state roads “immediately”. The board also noted that the forest cover in the NCR had reduced to 3.30% of the entire geographical area in 2012 from 4.30% in 1999. The states…

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Bad Posture Contributing to Osteoarthritis Among Youth

Bad Posture Contributing to Osteoarthritis Among Youth

As the number of youth suffering from osteorthritis continues to surge globally, health experts on Wednesday said that wrong postures for long durations was the biggest contributor to the disease. According to them, the issue was important because scientifically no amount of exercise or therapy can undo the problems caused by hours of bad posture a day. “Maintaining a right posture is a serious health business; so much so that a bad posture can ultimately result in serious morbidity. Right posture doesn’t simply mean sitting up straight. Posture refers to…

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Over 90% Of World Breathing Bad Air

Over 90% Of World Breathing Bad Air

Nine out of 10 people globally are breathing poor quality air, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, calling for dramatic action against pollution that is blamed for more than six million deaths a year. New data in a report from the UN’s global health body “is enough to make all of us extremely concerned,” Maria Neira, the head of the WHO’s department of public health and environment, told reporters. The problem is most acute in cities, but air in rural areas is worse than many think, WHO experts said. Poorer…

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