Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

One of the fondest childhood memories for most of us would be bursting balloons towards the end of a birthday party. Something about the act brought immense joy as we would pull down the strings, place the balloons on the floor and jump on them. As grownups, we now of course have a different perception. We finally know how annoying a habit it is, plus all that deafening noise! As much fun as it may be, popping balloons could have some setbacks too. According to a study done by University…

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Want to Lose Weight? Cut These 5 Things Out of Your Diet This Second

Want to Lose Weight? Cut These 5 Things Out of Your Diet This Second

Losing weight can be tough. You want to slim down, but unless you have the stamina to dedicate the next few months to your body, you’ll also want to maintain a social life, which means cocktails after work and an occasional slice of pizza late at night. Most of us wake up, look at ourselves in the mirror, and decide that it’s time to make a change and lose weight. That change typically means better eating and more regular workouts, but it isn’t foolproof. There will be days when things…

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Coping with ‘fear of missing out’ over the holidays

Coping with ‘fear of missing out’ over the holidays

Have you heard the phrase “Fear of missing out”? It’s commonly known by its acronym, FOMO, and while many say it comes from using social media too much, you don’t have to be online for it to have an effect on your life. The fear of not staying “connected” may cause problems, said Dr. Joe Taravella, a licensed clinical psychologist at New York University Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Rehabilitation. “It can lead to cognitive distortions and that is people thinking… that they’re truly missing out on things,” he said. FOMO…

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Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women are still underrepresented in medical trials evaluating treatments for breast cancer, according to a new study. Of three different types of trials evaluated by researchers, only one had an increase in enrollment of older women with breast cancer between 1985 and 2012. The other two had decreases. Seeing how older people react to cancer therapies “is crucial to inform decision-making and to optimally serve patients’ medical, emotional, and functional needs,” the authors of the study write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, online December 19. “As physicians and…

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Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women with breast cancer still left out of medical trials

Older women are still underrepresented in medical trials evaluating treatments for breast cancer, according to a new study. Of three different types of trials evaluated by researchers, only one had an increase in enrollment of older women with breast cancer between 1985 and 2012. The other two had decreases. Seeing how older people react to cancer therapies “is crucial to inform decision-making and to optimally serve patients’ medical, emotional, and functional needs,” the authors of the study write in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, online December 19. “As physicians and…

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Former Google career coach shares a visual trick for figuring out what you want to do with your life

Former Google career coach shares a visual trick for figuring out what you want to do with your life

  If you want 2017 to be an exciting year, design it that way. That’s the advice of former Google career coach and job strategist Jenny Blake, who has helped more than 1,000 people with their work lives. She recommends creating a “mind map,” a visual diagram of your interests and goals. Drawing one doesn’t take that long and could help you figure out the next project, hobby or career change that will make the new year happier and more successful, Blake says. “My favorite way to brainstorm creatively whether…

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Are you eating right? Find out through this guide

Are you eating right? Find out through this guide

1 Smile. Be thankful and enjoy every meal that you eat. 2 Never skip breakfast. The most important meal of the day, activates brain cells and gives the much-needed energy to carry out daily tasks. Traditional parappu sadam (dal rice) with the right proportion of salt is extremely healthy besides the usual bread, dosa, idli, eggs, etc. Start the meal with a fruit because an empty stomach digests the fruit better than having it after a meal as the fruit becomes acidic. 3 Always eat when you are hungry. Never…

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Not Getting Enough Out of Running Races? Walk

Not Getting Enough Out of Running Races? Walk

Meghan Kita has been running for 14 years, ever since joining her high school track team. She’s got 17 marathons under her belt and a gig as a senior editor at Runner’s World magazine. So it was kind of a big deal last month when Kita decided to try something she’d never wanted to do at a race before. She walked. It’s not that she has anything against people who take it slow, Kita is quick to point out. It’s that for her, personally, walking had always felt like giving…

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Heart attack or Heartburn: How You Can Find Out

Heart attack or Heartburn: How You Can Find Out

With heart diseases being one of the major causes of death in India, it is perhaps not surprising that most people presume any pain in the chest area to be an attack. As a result, in a large number of cases a patient is rushed to the hospital, only to find that it is a mere heartburn. To prevent the panic following a presumed attack, the victim and the people around him must exhibit the capacity to use the resources at their disposal and differentiate between the two. According to…

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Are You Drinking Enough Water? 6 Signs to Look Out For

Are You Drinking Enough Water? 6 Signs to Look Out For

On a daily basis, the human body loses water, even when you’re not purposely working up a sweat. The amount, of course, varies depending on your activity levels and climatic conditions. The body is however tuned to tell you whether you need to replenish your water reservoir. The easiest way to judge if your body needs water is how thirsty you are. In simple sense, water is essential simply because of its liquid consistency. Water, with its remarkable dissolving properties, is the perfect medium for transmitting substances, such as phosphates…

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