Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. That it is a significant problem in India is evident from the statistics: The sales of anti-asthma medicines in India went up 43% over the past four years, shows market data, with 2016 marking a 15% growth in anti-asthma prescriptions across children and adults. Despite the statistics, there are ways to prevent asthma and certain things can help you cope better. Here’s a round-up of research…

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Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Do you take health supplements? Beware of health risks and nutritional imbalances

Fitness today is a far more integral part of daily life than ever before. We all want toned bodies, firm muscles, right weight and an appealing appearance. For that we do extensive workouts. Working out burns up calories and we need supplements and protein powders to make up for the energy loss and to avoid exhaustion. A good supplement ensures that you get adequate essential nutrients. Sportspersons and athletes, especially, need supplements for stamina and post-workout recovery. There are a number of supplements in the market. But you need to read the label…

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Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

India’s health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health programme by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. The new estimate of $25 billion for a three-year extension of the flagship health programme, down from an initial figure of about $33 billion, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a multi-pronged agenda to revamp health services. Planned reforms include streamlining spending and bureaucracy, slashing prices of life-saving drugs and medical devices, and nudging companies…

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Friends with health benefits

Friends with health benefits

Don’t just be a ‘social snacker’, go out there and make real friends to live longer and healthier. Seeking sympathy online by constant updates about your personal life may not be interpreted as real friendships. In fact, it could only have an adverse effect on your mental health, say experts. What is needed is a genuine social circle in the real world that goes beyond the ‘likes’ and ‘latergrams’. Why? To live longer and healthier. REACHING OUT Research shows that one is at greater risk of heart disease without a strong…

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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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9 Health Benefits of Switching to Brown Rice

9 Health Benefits of Switching to Brown Rice

It cannot be ignored that brown rice is healthier, full of nutrition and tastes delicious. It is a whole grain which has the outer bran layer and germ intact and therefore, contains a higher amount of fiber, minerals and vitamins. Also, it is not subjected to intense processing like white, polished rice and so, is more wholesome and nutritious. The relationship between our meals and white rice is strong.  Our meal is often incomplete without pulao or some form of rice. As palatable as it tastes, we are often oblivious to the…

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Avoid drinking cow’s milk and have a beer a day for good health. Here’s why

Avoid drinking cow’s milk and have a beer a day for good health. Here’s why

Food trends often come and go, and with them a lot of confusion about what we should and shouldn’t eat for a healthy, balanced diet. Nutritional epidemiologist Karin Michels from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, USA, has spent much of her career studying how health can be optimised through a proper diet, and agrees there are many misconceptions around various foods. Believing that many people are not adequately advised on their diets by health professionals, which could have important outcomes for future well-being, she explains the truth behind…

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5 Ways Switching to Mediterranean Diet Can Boost Your Health

5 Ways Switching to Mediterranean Diet Can Boost Your Health

The Mediterranean Diet is touted to be one of the most beneficial diets for good health and well-being. As the name suggests, this popular diet is typically followed in the Mediterranean countries, inspired by the healthy dietary patterns of Greece, Southern Italy and Spain. It is characterised by high consumption of plant-based foods, grains, vegetables, nuts and olive oil and limits the consumption of red meat and unhealthy fats. Here are various benefits of following the Mediterranean diet as per research studies –   1. It May Help Keep the…

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5 Incredible Cauliflower Benefits: From Reducing Cancer Risks to Brain Health

5 Incredible Cauliflower Benefits: From Reducing Cancer Risks to Brain Health

Have you ever wondered what the majestically shaped, intricately folded, off-white looking member of the cruciferous family of vegetables – cauliflower – entails? The stake it holds in the upkeep of parameters of the human body? It would not be incorrect to assume that the countless curves and folds in the body of the cauliflower plant exhibits those countless benefits for health and well-being. It originates from the brassica species. Commonly known as cabbage, that’s where the etymology of the term lies. It’s mainly the upper white part, also known as curd, which is edible….

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Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?

Is coconut oil ‘the little black dress of wellbeing’? Photograph: Alamy It wasn’t that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (that’s the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest “superfood” extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional, healing and mind-enhancing powers. Aisles of health food shops are packed with bags of flour, snacks, milk, sugar…

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