Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

Airborne: No need for coughing or sneezing, flu may spread just by breathing

We may pass the flu to others just by breathing, according to a study which contradicts the popular belief that people can catch the influenza virus by exposure to droplets from an infected person’s coughs or sneezes. The study provides new evidence for the potential importance of airborne transmission because of the large quantities of infectious virus researchers found in the exhaled breath from people suffering from flu. “We found that flu cases contaminated the air around them with infectious virus just by breathing, without coughing or sneezing,” said Donald…

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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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Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Next education chief or not, Agnes Chan knows the system’s faults

Is she or isn’t she? Retired Canto-pop singer Agnes Chan Miling has been rumoured to be the next education minister. Then she told veteran journalist Man Cheuk-fei that she had never been approached for the top post. I have no idea if Chan – who has a PhD in education from Stanford University – would be suitable for the job. But after five years of Eddie Ng Hak-kim, anyone who has not been lobotomised would make a better education secretary. Singer Agnes Chan never received invitation to join new Hong…

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Want to roll around in snow or ski in summer? 4 places to visit in March, April

Want to roll around in snow or ski in summer? 4 places to visit in March, April

The Step into the Void glass skywalk overlooking the French Alps on top of a 3842-metre peak in Chamonix. The installation is made of three layers of glass and can withstand winds of up to 200kmph.(AFP) Not everyone’s definition of a winter getaway involves beach, sand or surf. For snow bunnies who love a good old-fashioned wintry wonderland getaway, Booking.com has compiled a list of the best last-minute destinations for rolling around in the snow, donning ski or skate, and sipping on a mug of marshmallow-topped hot chocolate in your…

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Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Stressed and Frustrated with Office Work? Go Take a Walk or Try Swimming

Everyone who has ever held a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Stress isn’t always bad. Stress within your comfort zone can help you stay focused, energetic, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation or alert to prevent accidents or costly mistakes at work. But in today’s hectic world, the workplace can often seem like an emotional roller coaster. Long hours, tight deadlines, and ever increasing demands can leave you feeling worried,…

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Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

Early Periods at the Age of 13 or Younger May Put Girls at Risk of Stroke

The onset of menstruation signals that a girl has hit her puberty. Of course, it is not an easy cycle – the whole process of menstruation, but every woman must go through it. While it makes a woman capable of giving birth to a child, on the other hand, it also brings along with it various hormonal changes which causes mood swings, abdominal pain, back ache, muscle pull, so on and so forth. There are various home remedies women can turn to for some relief, as well as resort to…

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Should You Freeze Or Reheat Your Food? An Experts Advice

Should You Freeze Or Reheat Your Food? An Experts Advice

Freezing and reheating food is a very common in our homes. Whether it is leftover food or extras we carry back from restaurants, it is usually stored for future use. Some homes also freeze seasonal vegetables for future use when they are not available. Food cooked or stored in an incorrect manner may lead to spoilage, resulting in infections in the body. The moisture content, temperature and storage time all influence the safety of stored food. Wrong handling may lead to food borne infections. Freezing the right way Ideally all…

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5 Healthy Snacks for People With (or Without!) Diabetes

5 Healthy Snacks for People With (or Without!) Diabetes

Yes, you can snack if you have diabetes When your stomach starts to rumble, you need a snack that can curb your hunger without blowing your blood sugar. Just like meals, snacks should be a combination of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. Aim for one that consists of 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrates and 100 to 200 calories (depending on your meal plan and medication). Here are five that typically get a seal of approval from diabetes educators and nutritionists. Whole-grain crackers, grapes, and cottage cheese Nutrient-rich whole grains like…

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Is Gluten Free Diet Real or a Fad?

Is Gluten Free Diet Real or a Fad?

The first month of the year brings my thoughts to the fact that so many people think being “gluten free” is a choice and we are doing it to be in vogue. The reality is that living a gluten free life isn’t easy, just like with any other lifestyle disease that can be tough. The challenges are never ending. Just the other day my son got a rash, which is a sign of gluten allergy. I was surprised. How could it be? What could have caused it? My kitchen is…

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Believe it or Not, Taking Regular Showers May Damage Your Immunity

Believe it or Not, Taking Regular Showers May Damage Your Immunity

Growing up, we were always told to brush twice and also shower regularly for good hygiene. It turns out that there might be little truth in this advice. According to a new study conducted at the Genetic Science Centre at the University of Utah, over-cleaning can damage the human microbiome which can have a negative impact on our immune system, digestive functions and even our heart health. The human microbiome is a collection of good bacteria, viruses and other microbes that live in your body and help in regulating day to day functions. They…

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