RIGHT AT HOME: Sweet gifts for the home baker

RIGHT AT HOME: Sweet gifts for the home baker

If you’ve got home bakers on your holiday gift list, there are plenty of attractive and functional items on the market to help them whip up delectable goodies. Canadian artisan Brenda Watts of Hermitage, Prince Edward Island, makes French rolling pins out of flame birch in her Cattails Woodwork studio. They look like freshly baked baguettes, as decorative as they are useful. “I believe that beautiful things made from wood can have a purpose beyond what pleases the eye, “she says. “They should bring pleasure in use.” (www.etsy.com/shop/CattailsWoodwork ) Lisa…

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Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Marathon training: The what, when and how much you must eat to prepare for a race

Running a marathon is no small feat. Training for one is a process that requires time, dedication and proper nutrition. What you eat, in fact, plays the most important role in training for a race. Add to it when you eat — whether before or after the race. If you get it all right, breasting the tape on the finish line, in good time, would be one of your life’s most memorable feats. Simply put, watch out for what you eat in order to power through a long run. You…

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Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

Alex Azar must commit to ‘righting the ship’ for health care payments

APSTOCK In the Affordable Care Act and other subsequent reforms, Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services to test new ways to pay for health care, challenging health care providers, hospitals, and private insurers to provide better care for less money. Under President Trump and former HHS Secretary Tom Price, that work slowed and, in some cases, stopped altogether. With Price out the door, the nominee to replace him, Alex Azar, should commit to righting the ship. Congress passed payment reforms to test several simple but powerful notions: First, paying…

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Fall of Matunga Art Deco home reflects vanishing era of the garden suburbs

Fall of Matunga Art Deco home reflects vanishing era of the garden suburbs

In 1941, S Ramachandranforever altered the life of his son, Kamu, when he shifted his family from the west side of Vincent Road in Matunga, today’s Ambedkar Road, to the east. The family moved from a small home in Hindu Colony, a Maharashtrian neighbourhood, to a large apartment full of light and breeze in a cosmopolitan lane in Five Gardens. Eight-year-old Kamu was fascinated by the house design, and impressed by its architect who, at one point, rejected his father’s request for a window shade, or chhaja. “My father was a tough…

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Never Put Hot Food In the Fridge, Here’s Why

Never Put Hot Food In the Fridge, Here’s Why

Loved your piping hot bowl of stew and now going towards the fridge to refrigerate the left over? Stop! You may want to wait for it to cool down to room temperature before putting it in the fridge. In our bid to wrap up all the kitchen work in a jiffy, we often end up keeping foods that are still hot in the fridge. Did you know this can actually be dangerous for you and your family? The purpose of freezing is essentially to prevent the food from losing its…

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The Surprising Fitness Tool That Ashley Graham Uses to Tone Her Thighs

The Surprising Fitness Tool That Ashley Graham Uses to Tone Her Thighs

One thing we admire about Ashley Graham is her commitment to fitness. The 29-year-old consistently posts her exercise exploits on Instagram—and we are here for all of it. We also love that when she’s getting her sweat on, she doesn’t always use “typical” gym equipment. (Remember that time she was slamming massive tires with sledge hammers?) Her latest get-fit tool of choice: the prowler, which Graham has been spotted using in her Stories. At first glance, this simple mass of metal, which typically weighs between 60 and 80 pounds before being loaded with weight…

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The state that is leading the way on health care

The state that is leading the way on health care

Could a state in one of the farthest corners of our country finally help us turn a corner on health care? It looked like that on Tuesday when the people of Maine voted decisively to expand Medicaid over the wishes of their governor, Paul LePage, bringing health care coverage to 70,000 people in the state, many for the first time. This extraordinary ballot box accomplishment by state voters — and by grass-roots organizers — could potentially spark a movement across the country to expand and lock in Medicaid access, bringing health care to millions…

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5 High Fibre, Weight- Loss Friendly Snacks You Can Munch Through The Day

5 High Fibre, Weight- Loss Friendly Snacks You Can Munch Through The Day

Struggling to shed those extra inches around your tummy? Tried all sorts of dieting, yet no trace of desired results? Well, let us tell you a secret. Weight loss is as much about what you are eating as it is about how much you are eating. Alongside proteins, experts always recommend upping your intake of fibre for those on a weight reduction diet. This is because a diet rich in fibre helps you manage your weight by keeping you full for longer and curbing unwanted cravings. It can even regulate the…

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Ovarian cancer could originate in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries

Ovarian cancer could originate in the fallopian tubes, not the ovaries

Most — and possibly all — ovarian cancers do not start in ovaries but instead in the fallopian tubes, which are attached to them, claims a recent study. The new findings also point to the possibility that removing a woman’s fallopian tubes, but not her ovaries, may reduce risk of ovarian cancer in those at high risk for disease, including those with genetic changes (mutations) known to increase risk (e.g. BRCA). Senior study author Douglas A. Levine from New York University’s school of medicine said that based on a better understanding…

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National Ayurveda Day: Can the Taste of a Food Item Affect Your Health?

National Ayurveda Day: Can the Taste of a Food Item Affect Your Health?

Ayurveda is a goldmine of remedies and health-benefiting concoctions that are not only easy to arrive at but also inexpensive. The term Ayurveda stands for ‘science of life’ stemming from the words ‘Ayur’ meaning life and ‘Veda’ which means science. Ayurveda meticulously lays down guidelines on how one must chart out his/her daily routine starting from the regular diet. What we eat greatly influences our health, but as per the Ayurveda, the property of a particular food item, the time of food consumption as well as the taste of the food consumed…

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