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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Eating your way through menopause

Eating your way through menopause

During menopause, when a woman’s hormones are out of control, her mood swings can sometimes be overwhelming. Emotions simply cannot keep pace with the swift changes in the body. And because she’s not feeling happy, she’s less likely to take care of herself. There are many things you can do to ease the process. Now, more than ever, you need to embrace a lifestyle that is healthy and balanced, even if you do feel off-kilter on some days. And because menopause is a time associated with weight gain, hot flushes,…

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How to Snack in the Right Way if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

How to Snack in the Right Way if You Have Type 2 Diabetes

If you have type 2 diabetes, you don’t need to include snacks in your daily diet, unless you’re on a type of medication, such as insulin or sulfonylureas, that can cause hypoglycemia. However, snacks—if they are healthy and part of the meal plan developed by your diabetes educator or dietitian—can help prevent blood glucose peaks and valleys, as well as overeating at mealtime.The trick is knowing which foods make a “good” snack, the right portion size, and how often you should eat between meals.Calculate snack carbohydrates and calories A good…

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It’s all about loving your body, the way it is

It’s all about loving your body, the way it is

Recently, a global beauty and make-up brand made headlines when it appointed a man as its face. This comes at a time when body inclusivity and positivity has taken the form of a revolution. For every unhealthy social media trend, there’s a counter trend of healthy support. For every magazine that photoshops its cover girls, there’s one that’s breaking formulae by featuring the ‘unconventional and not perfect’ body type. For every body shaming troll online, we have an army of body positive people up in arms against them. India too,…

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Compound Exercises: The quickest way to get into shape this year

Compound Exercises: The quickest way to get into shape this year

Are you too busy for a workout? If your answer is affirmative, then you definitely need to find out about ‘smart’ exercises. Exercising too hard and for too long is passe. Fitness professional Nawaz Modi Singhania says, “There have been times when my day has ended at 2 or 3 am, and I haven’t managed to get a workout in. But I still do a quick compound workout in just eight or 10 minutes.” There are days when you know you have to look fit the next morning and cannot…

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New Way to Fight Therapy-Resistant Prostate Cancer Found

New Way to Fight Therapy-Resistant Prostate Cancer Found

Scientists have identified a signalling circuit in cells that can be targeted to treat advanced prostate cancer in patients who are resistant to existing therapies. Prostate cancer is the second-leading cause of death after lung cancer in American men, researchers said. Currently, the most effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer is to deprive the cancer of what feeds it – androgen hormones, such as testosterone. However, almost all patients eventually develop resistance to this therapy, leaving doctors with no options to counteract the inevitable. The study at The Scripps Research…

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Cardio versus Weightlifting: What’s The Best Way to Get Rid of Fat?

Cardio versus Weightlifting: What’s The Best Way to Get Rid of Fat?

The world of fitness is shrouded in myths and misconceptions. One of them would certainly be the association of cardio exercises with weight loss and linking weight training with alpha-human, muscular bodies. Cardio and weight training, both work in tandem to drop kilos and help you get toned. While cardio helps in burning fat, resistance training builds muscles in place of the lost fat. Some recent studies suggest that our metabolism stays high from 24 to 36 hours post a high-intensity workout. In order to lose weight, one should get…

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Low-fat diets ‘not the best way to lose weight’

Low-fat diets ‘not the best way to lose weight’

“Low-fat diets are not the best way to lose weight,” the Daily Mail reports. The findings come from a new review that analysed data from more than 50 previous studies on low-fat dietary interventions involving almost 70,000 adults. The study aimed to see how low-fat diets measured up to comparison diets for achieving long-term weight loss, defined as a year or more. The findings were mixed. There was evidence from a large number of trials that low-carb diets were better for weight loss than low fat – helping to achieve 1.15kg more weight…

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Raising a Vegan Baby: There’s a Right Way And a Wrong Way

Raising a Vegan Baby: There’s a Right Way And a Wrong Way

There’s a right way and a wrong way to raise a baby on vegan food. Those who get it wrong, parents say, give the responsible ones a bad name. A Pennsylvania mother claiming to be vegan was charged this month with child endangerment for feeding her baby nothing but small amounts of nuts and berries. In Italy, after a number of vegan babies required hospitalization for malnourishment, a lawmaker this summer proposed a bill that would make it a crime to feed children under 16 a vegan diet. Those cases…

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Triphala Churna: A Fuss-Free Way to Get Rid of Your Digestive Issues

Triphala Churna: A Fuss-Free Way to Get Rid of Your Digestive Issues

  Ayurveda is a goldmine of remedies that promise a cure for some of our everyday health woes. The age-old science comes studded with the discovery and exploration of rare and potent ingredients and herbs. These are often teamed with many commonly available items to create healing, health-benefitting concoctions. Triphala churna has existed in the Ayurvedic repertoire for centuries now. The churna is a mix of amla (Indian gooseberry) powder with two other fruits that are dried and powdered. Ayurveda recommends taking equal quantities of amla powder, bibhitaki – alternatively…

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