Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

Walk, do a household chore, hit the gym: Live long by being active for 30 min daily

How active are you in your everyday life? If you find that you are not even engaged in physical activity of any kind for even 30 minutes a day, it’s time to find time to exercise and change your lifestyle. The Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study involving more than 130,000 people from 17 countries, led by the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, showed that any activity is good for people to meet the current guideline of 30 minutes of activity a day, or 150 minutes a…

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India’s drug prices regulator calls for better oversight of private hospitals

India’s drug prices regulator calls for better oversight of private hospitals

India’s drug pricing authority called for better regulation of the country’s massive private healthcare industry on Friday to ensure government efforts to cut prices benefit patients. To cut the cost of procedures such as angioplasty and knee surgery, India’s National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has dramatically reduced prices of knee implants and cardiac stents in recent months. The move has been hailed as a major effort by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make healthcare affordable, but it has been met with stiff resistance from healthcare providers. Several hospitals across…

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Govt seeks asset valuer for Air India stake sale

Govt seeks asset valuer for Air India stake sale

As the government prepares to peg a price tag to Air India for its stake sale, it has invited applications for an asset valuer for the national carrier as well as its subsidiaries and overseas offices. The Union Cabinet has given its in-principal approval for disinvestment of the debt-laden Air India and has constituted a group of ministers to chart out the future course of action. According to the tender document floated by civil aviation ministry, the asset valuer will have to carry out the valuation of land, buildings, aircraft,…

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There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

A drug used to ease the effects of jet lag may also prevent the painful side effects of cancer medications, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug known as melatonin appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health. They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain to touch and cold temperatures, that can be severe enough to cause…

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Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them, bananas are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates, Vitamin C and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a breakfast staple in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat bananas to gain weight but you may have also heard that bananas are great for weight loss. Confused? Does eating bananas help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here. Yes, it is…

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Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

Ultimate running guide for beginners: What to eat, how to start, distance and more

For gym-phobes and those who hate exercising, running can make for a perfect way to stay fit and healthy. Research shows that running can benefit the spine and reduce back pain, keep your knees healthy and ensure complete mind-body well being. Here is a guide of everything you need to know about it: * Who can run? Running is for everyone irrespective of your age, size or background. Start slow and gradually you will observe that you are able to run for a longer span of time. Don’t push yourself too hard in the…

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Special programmes for education of ST students

Special programmes for education of ST students

Minister for Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes A.K. Balan has said that special programmes will be implemented to raise the standard of education among Scheduled Tribe students. He was speaking at the inauguration of an education programme under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in Kuttampuzha on Saturday, said a press release here. Ten ‘Ooru Vidya Kendras’ would be started in Kuttampzuha and Vengoor panchayats, the press release added. “A hundred common study places will be arranged this year to improve the standard of education of the students,” the Minister…

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40% reservation for girls at planned schools, institutes for minorities: Naqvi

40% reservation for girls at planned schools, institutes for minorities: Naqvi

The government has decided to proffer 40% reservation for girls at 100 Navodaya-type schools and five higher education institutes it plans to set up for minority community students, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said. The minister of state for minority affairs said the government was mulling to open the 100 Navodaya-type schools in minority concentrated areas of the country. “We want to empower the communities with dignity and, therefore, are focusing on the education sector… This (reservation) is to ensure they complete their education,” he told PTI. A high-level…

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No NEET-like single entrance exam next year for engineering

No NEET-like single entrance exam next year for engineering

The human resource development (HRD) ministry has decided against conducting a single entrance exam for engineering from next year and states will continue with their own examinations. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar on Sunday told HT that a committee formed by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) will submit a report on whether the single entrance exam will be conducted some time in the future. “The issue of single entrance exam is still pending and a committee will submit its recommendations. But no changes will be made next year…

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