TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research

TB pills most effective prior to, not after, food: Research In a study that could change the intake schedule of tuberculosis drugs, a group of researchers have found that food reduces the effectiveness of most medicines prescribed as the first line of treatment for the infection. A team from National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) examined 25 TB patients in Chennai who consumed food just before they took their medication.They found significantly lower concentrations of anti-TB drugs and a delay in their absorption. They studied the concentrations of three key first-line drugs: rifampicin, isoniazid and…

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Make the most of your holiday. Here’s how to use your vacation to relax and unwind

Make the most of your holiday. Here’s how to use your vacation to relax and unwind

As well as getting enough sleep, working out and eating well, there are many other ways to de-stress and bring some calm into your life, and vacations are the perfect time to practice some self-care. Here we round up how complementary methods such as essential oils, relaxing baths and natural surroundings, can all help you to fully switch off and unwind this summer. Get a massage A massage is a great way to take time out and do something for yourself, and can help boost relaxation, reduce stress, as well…

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The Most Popular Games on Facebook Right Now

The Most Popular Games on Facebook Right Now

Games are a big part of Facebook, but have you ever wondered which of the the social media platform’s universally recognized games are the most popular and – consequently – the most financially successful for their creators? Some of the contenders in the list of most popular ever Facebook games are obvious – others might surprise you. Candy Crush If you have a Facebook account, you’re probably already familiar with Candy Crush.  Even if you’ve managed to avoid playing the game yourself, it’s impossible to not notice how loved the…

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The 3 most exciting developments in sports nutrition right now, according to scientists

The 3 most exciting developments in sports nutrition right now, according to scientists

IT SEEMS LIKE every day a study comes out touting the purported health perks of a new supplement or food or beverage. Gelatin can help you recover faster! Chili pepper supps could help solve the obesity epidemic!Apple peels and green tomatoes could help preserve muscle mass! And while there’s certainly some validity to these claims and probably hundreds more, there’s still a lot “more research needed,” per the scientists behind the studies. And while many of these things are worth trying in an “it can’t hurt” mentality, there are certain…

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5 Most Effective Exercises for Abs

5 Most Effective Exercises for Abs

5 Most Effective Exercises for Abs Who wouldn’t like to flaunt ripped six-pack abs? While that is not entirely a true definition of fitness, aesthetically it is what many fitness enthusiasts aspire for – the proverbial six pack abs. The most popular symbol for fitness globally is a well-defined set of abs! Case in point is the recent music video of Kala Chashma with Katrina Kaif and her enviable abs. They would kill for it or (theoretically) die trying! If you’ve been slogging in the gym without any results, here’s…

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Most Indians Dependent on Private Healthcare: Study

Most Indians Dependent on Private Healthcare: Study

Households across India still overwhelmingly depend on private providers for healthcare services over public healthcare, a recent study has found. Senior Fellow at Brookings India, Shamika Ravi, found in her study “Health and Morbidity in India: 2004-2014” that as much as 75 per cent of outpatient (OPD) care in India was exclusively private in 2014. Around 55 per cent of inpatient (IPD) care is from private hospitals, it added. Ravi, however, noted that dependence on private healthcare is declining. “Indian households’ dependence on public care has risen by 6 per…

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Trees Benefit India, Pakistan, Bangladesh Most in Air Pollution Reduction

Trees Benefit India, Pakistan, Bangladesh Most in Air Pollution Reduction

Cities in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan stand to benefit most from tree planting, in terms of both heat and particulate matter reduction, according to a study that identifies the potential return on investment (ROI) from tree planting in 245 global cities. The ‘Planting Healthy Air: Global Return on Investment Rankings’ study ranks all 245 cities for the potential per capita impact of planting trees, as defined by degrees of temperature reduction or the amount of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution that could be removed with a given investment. “Many cities…

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Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren’t getting better

Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren’t getting better

Delhi is the most polluted, but other metros aren’t getting better MUMBAI Mumbai’s a coastal city isn’t always able to counter the pollutants in the air. On several days in the year, air quality drops into the poor category , and experts say more monitoring and data is needed to ensure it doesn’t go the Delhi way. Not all existing monitoring stations are able to give us the right picture because they don’t meet the required standards. Having access to data and using it to take precautionary measures is important,”…

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Smoking, Alcohol Associated With Most Cancers in U.S

Smoking, Alcohol Associated With Most Cancers in U.S

Preventable risk factors like smoking and alcohol are closely associated with 11 of the 15 cancers in the US, finds a study. The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, finds that the cancer burden is 20 per cent to 30 per cent higher in African-Americans than in all races and ethnicities combined. To measure cancer burden, researchers from the American Cancer Society calculated the disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost to cancer. This measure combines mortality, incidence, survival, and quality of life into a single summary indicator. DALYs…

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U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths Drop; Rate Among White Women Falls Most

U.S. Breast Cancer Deaths Drop; Rate Among White Women Falls Most

U.S. death rates from breast cancer have dropped, although the decline was still greater among white women than black women, according to a study released Thursday. From 2010 to 2014, there were approximately 41,000 deaths each year from breast cancer, the second-most deadly cancer for women after lung cancer, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. While total death rates dropped during the five-year period, the decline was greater for white women at 1.9 percent per year compared with 1.5 percent per year for black women, the study…

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