We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report today involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over 6%, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a combination of widespread tobacco use,…

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Are we ignoring the psychological impact of skin conditions?

Are we ignoring the psychological impact of skin conditions?

If you had acne as a teenager, you’ll likely know that skin problems aren’t just a cosmetic issue, they can also massively affect your self-esteem. And chronic dermatological conditions, from psoriasis to eczema can have a huge impact on psychological health. But until recently, this hasn’t been talked about much. The British Association of Dermatologists considers the need for more psychological support for dermatology patients to be pressing. But with many trusts facing significant budget cuts, this is proving a tricky prospect. There’s a lot of stigma around certain skin…

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Here are 10 House of Mahendra Doshi home decor pieces we would love to buy

Here are 10 House of Mahendra Doshi home decor pieces we would love to buy

This collection of finely-restored furniture and artefacts has been put together as part of the ongoing exhibition and sale by the House of Mahendra Doshi at the CSMVS, Mumbai These days, you will find furniture pieces from different eras and in myriad styles coexisting wondrously together within the Coomaraswamy Hall, at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), Mumbai. As soon as you enter, an eclectic selection of Gothic bookcases, exquisite screens and art deco dining tables, among others, will catch your eye, with each vying for your attention. This…

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9 things about a woman’s body we bet men didn’t know

9 things about a woman’s body we bet men didn’t know

TNN | November 06, 2017 1/9Facts about a female’s body she may be too shy to admit 0 Sex education is a sad affair in our country. Body-positivity only sounds like a classy word that comes from revolutionaries-of-sorts from far off lands. But, guess what? We all have bodies and we all have issues with them. Knowing about what is normal and what isn’t is nothing but mandatory. So, in a bid to destigmatize knowledge about your body and its sexuality, here’s looking into facts about a female’s body she…

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Should We Really Chew Our Food 32 Times?

Should We Really Chew Our Food 32 Times?

Some say it is a far-fetched lore, and others claim it is just another one of the hundreds of food-related myths. Should we really be chewing our food 32 times, once for every tooth? This quote sustains even today, leaving countless people baffled. Fear not, we’re here to delve deep and find the scientific truth. The process of chewing is also known as mastication. When food is consumed, you break down food pieces into smaller particles through mastication. Saliva is then mixed with these tiny food particles and the resultant…

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20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

20 things we don’t do anymore because of technology

File photo: Performers dressed as Marilyn Monroe and Louis Armstrong check their smartphones before a “Stars in Concert” show at the Estrel hotel in Berlin, Germany, December 7, 2016. (REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke) See if these sound familiar: You’re not sure where your U.S. road atlas is, or if you even own one. It’s been so long since you licked a stamp, you’ve forgotten what it tastes like. You’ve seen more scrumptious two-minute videos in the past week than you’ve consulted a cookbook in the past year. We all know technology is…

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Why do sweet things stop tasting so after we eat anything sugary

Why do sweet things stop tasting so after we eat anything sugary

You had a doughnut and topped it with a cup of cappuccino, which suddenly tasted plain despite two sachets of sugar. This has sometime happened with all of us when something sweet ceases to taste sweet when had after something sugary. Here we decode why this happens. First let us understand how our brain functions. Our sensory organs receive sensory information from the brain and the body acts on these messages. Once your brain becomes accustomed to a constant signal, it tends to ignore it, and focuses on looking for…

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5 Health Blunders We Need to Stop Making Now!

5 Health Blunders We Need to Stop Making Now!

Who doesn’t want to be healthy? In fact, in the past few years there have been a lot of information and silly misinformation about our health. Such as “gluten free food is the key to eternal youth”, “chocolate gives you acne”, and “corn is fattening”. All these claims do sound convincing and they keep bouncing back although without much evidence. Behind most food and nutrition myths, there is probably a morsel of truth. So let’s separate science from silliness and get to real dietary wisdom that actually might help your…

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Why is Healthy Food So Expensive? Maybe Because We Expect it to be

Why is Healthy Food So Expensive? Maybe Because We Expect it to be

Imagine you’re in the aisle of your favorite grocery store, bombarded with hundreds of the latest and greatest products on the market. After grabbing a box of your favorite pasta off the shelf, you notice a new organic version of the spaghetti sauce you usually buy. Strikingly, the price is at almost a 50 percent premium compared with what your usual sauce costs. Here we go again, you think: You have to empty your wallet to buy the “healthy” stuff. If this describes how you think about the relationship between…

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More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

More Evidence That We Need To Stop Sitting So Much: Especially Men

If you have a desk job, it is pretty easy to spend most of your day on your bum. Even after you punch the clock, chances are there will be more time sitting between your commute and the nightly intake of your favorite shows. You know you should at least walk a bit more during the day. If you are like most people, it is difficult to get motivated. But recent research might push you in the right direction – especially if you are a man. In a study published…

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