From 167 to 130, India’s maternal mortality rate down by 22%

From 167 to 130, India’s maternal mortality rate down by 22%

The number of women who die during childbirth in India has come down sharply, with more women now delivering children in hospitals. The maternal mortality rate (MMR) , according to the sample registration system (SRS) data released by the office of Registrar General of India on Wednesday declined to 130 in 2014-16 from 167 in 2011-13 — a significant improvement on a parameter widely used by analysts and developmental economists to rate a country’s progress. MMR is defined as the number of maternal deaths per 100,000 live births. The 22%…

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New technique to combat cancer developed by scientists

New technique to combat cancer developed by scientists

A group of scientists has worked to develop a new technique in order to fine-tune cancer treatment. According to a study conducted by the University of East Anglia, cancer therapies that cut off blood supply to a tumour could be more effective in combination with existing chemotherapeutic drugs. The study revealed that tumour growth is better-reduced in mice when the expression of a particular protein called Beta3-integrin is targeted in combination with drugs that are already used in cancer patients. It is hoped that the findings could help fine-tune treatment…

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5 ways to master sustainable fashion without compromising on style, by Rebecca Corbin-Murray

5 ways to master sustainable fashion without compromising on style, by Rebecca Corbin-Murray

Rebecca Corbin-Murray, stylist to the likes of Lily James, Naomie Harris and Jenna Coleman, is big on sustainable fashion. Fed up with the misconception that shopping ethically means knitting your own clothes or shapeless hemp sacks, she set about dressing her celebrity clientele in cruelty-free, eco-friendly brands. The stylist has also launched an Instagram account dedicated to profiling chic, yet sustainable labels, @the.ecoiste. If the statistics are anything to go by, Corbin-Murray is more than right to be beating her eco drum; the fashion industry has a huge impact on the…

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8 Effective Remedies For Constipation Suggested By Ayurveda

8 Effective Remedies For Constipation Suggested By Ayurveda

Constipation is one of the most common health problems these days. As per Ayurveda, this condition occurs when vata’s cold and dry qualities disturb the colon, inhibiting its proper functioning. A day without complete bowel movement can be very unsettling and sometimes painful. Our modern lifestyle is such that it has given a rise to this problem. Some of the most common causes are junk food consumption, alcohol drinking, smoking and over-eating. Most people affected by this problem feel bloated and uneasy with the inability to pass stool easily. Ayurveda…

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Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Is your child feeling bogged down by academic pressure or social anxiety? Yoga at school will help

Yoga and mindfulness activities at school can help improve emotional health of children with anxiety, according to a study. Researchers at Tulane University worked with a public school in New Orleans to add mindfulness and yoga to the school’s existing empathy-based programming for students needing supplementary support. Third graders, who were screened for symptoms of anxiety at the beginning of the school year, were randomly assigned to two groups. A control group of 32 students received care as usual, which included counseling and other activities led by a school social…

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Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Packaging affects how food is absorbed by our bodies, and not in a good way

Turns out, food packaging could be negatively affecting nutrient absorption in your body. According to a new study conducted by the Binghamton University, food packaging could be negatively affecting the way in which your digestive tract operates. “We found that zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles at doses that are relevant to what you might normally eat in a meal or a day can change the way that your intestine absorbs nutrients or your intestinal cell gene and protein expression,” said researcher Gretchen Mahler. According to Mahler, these ZnO nanoparticles are present…

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10 Pro Tips for Building an Ecommerce Business with Fulfillment by Amazon

10 Pro Tips for Building an Ecommerce Business with Fulfillment by Amazon

Amazon has made a name for itself as one of the biggest and most trusted brands in ecommerce. But small businesses don’t necessarily need to view Amazon as a major competitor. You could instead make the company into a partner. Most ecommerce sellers already know that you can list and sell your own products on the platform. But you can actually rely on Amazon to handle the shipping and logistics part of your business as well — through the Fulfillment by Amazonprogram. Theo Prodromitis is the owner of the Spa Destinations shop on…

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Beat exam stress and perform well by following these 4 health tips

Beat exam stress and perform well by following these 4 health tips

It’s that time of the year when both students and parents feel “exam pressure”. Students are under pressure to perform their best, but doing so requires a balanced approach to health, in addition to consistent studying. This balanced approach helps students boost their memory and remember what they have studied. Dr Hariprasad, an Ayurveda expert at The Himalaya Drug Company, recommends the following tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle during the upcoming exams: * Exercise regularly: Physical activity is an effective tool to improve academic performance. Studies conducted at the University…

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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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Binge Watching TV May Reduce Your Sperm Count By 35 Percent: Dietary Tweaks To Manage Your Sperm Count

Binge Watching TV May Reduce Your Sperm Count By 35 Percent: Dietary Tweaks To Manage Your Sperm Count

Dear men. Your habit of watching TV more than 5 hours a day could drastically bring down your sperm count by a whopping 35 percent according to a latest study. According to the study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology.   The findings also revealed that Male TV addicts were found to have 38 percent lower sperm count than those who had a less sedentary lifestyle. TV addiction could be attributable to eating high-calorie junk food and laziness in their impact on the sperm count, said the researchers.  …

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