Planet-friendly, plant-based home cooking

With all the news about the health and environmental advantages of eating less meat, many people are trying to eat more plant-based meals. But where do you begin? Instead of trying to cook an entire vegetarian meal from scratch, start with one small step and build from there, says Dr. Rani Polak, founding director of…

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Lentils with a side of rice: the save-the-world diet?

Here is a rundown of the daily meal plan that dozens of health and environment experts are urging the world to adopt in order to sustain a global population of 10 billion by mid-century, while reining in climate change and preventing millions of premature deaths each year. Coming to dining tables everywhere by 2050: porridge…

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Surprising health benefits of Valentine’s Day traditions

WASHINGTON — They’re familiar sights this time of year: A box of chocolates and a dozen roses. But it turns out there may be some surprising health benefits to these Valentine’s Day staples. People have been trumpeting chocolate’s miracle properties for thousands of years, said Sally Squires, who writes the Lean Plate Club™ blog. “It goes way…

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What is Blue tea and how it helps in losing weight

What is Blue tea? Blue tea, or butterfly pea flower tea, is a caffeine-free herbal drink that is made by seeping dried or fresh leaves of the Clitoria ternatea plant. The tea was first introduced in the South East Asian countries and the deep blue colour of the flower has been traditionally used to make…

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Gut hormone increases response to food

The holiday season is a hard one for anyone watching their weight. The sights and smells of food are hard to resist. One factor in this hunger response is a hormone found in the stomach that makes us more vulnerable to tasty food smells, encouraging overeating and obesity. New research on the hormone ghrelin was…

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Decorating for Christmas earlier could have mental health benefits

Dr. Marcus De Carvalho of HPR Treatment Centers says there are studies that show decorating for the holidays early has mental health benefits. There are two types of people in the world: people who break out the Christmas décor right after Halloween and people who refuse to touch them until after Thanksgiving. Turns out, there…

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How safe are probiotics?

Amid the increasing rise of probiotic use in Western society, a recent journal article asks whether we should evaluate the products’ safety with a little more scrutiny. For millennia, humans have consumed foods rich with live bacteria. Yogurt, for instance, dates back to at least 5000 B.C., and in Korea, kimchi — fermented vegetables — has…

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Living in a room without air conditioning can impact your memory

Living in dormitories without air conditioning (AC) during a heat wave can lower students’ ability to focus, harm their working memory and increase reaction times, a Harvard study has found. The field study, the first to demonstrate the detrimental cognitive effects of indoor temperatures during a heat wave in a group of young healthy individuals,…

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World Is Dealing With a Massive Sugar Glut. India Is Big Contributor

Sugar stockpiles are poised for a record as slowing demand growth and surging production creates the worst-performing commodity of 2018. Consumers have become increasingly wary of the health impact of their sweet tooth, and companies from canned-fruit maker Del Monte Foods Inc. to snack-food seller Mondelez International Inc. are touting products made with less sugar….

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Shut Chinese companies hit desi pharma players

The shakeup in Chinese factories in the wake of environmental concerns is sending shivers down the spine of the domestic drug industry, with many fearing there will be supply disruptions and inflationary pressures. The environmental disruption in China has led to a massive increase — as high as 120 per cent — in prices of…

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8 desserts to help you lose weight

Quick and healthy diet-friendly desserts When you’re trying to cut calories, it seems like dessert is always the first thing to go. While it may be a bad idea to cozy up to a bag of cookies after a hard day at the office, enjoying a sweet, healthy treat now and then is no crime. In fact, the…

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Novel imaging technique can capture over 10k genes at once

In a breakthrough, scientists have developed a new technique that enables them to image 10,421 genes at once within individual cells. The technique, called intron seqFISH (sequential fluorescence in situ hybridisation), is a major advance in being able to identify what goes on across the genome in hundreds of different cells at once. “This technique can be applied to any…

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Here’s The Exact Amount Of Calories In Your Favourite Summer Fruits!

Summers are here in full force and any respite from the incessant heat is welcome. All across the Indian subcontinent, people are adding seasonal vegetables and fruits to their daily diets, either in the solid or juice form. Summer fruits are replete with a number of invaluable nutrients, dietary fibres and electrolytes, which are needed…

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Fostering innovation for improved health

Indian medical device industry is dominated by large multinationals with extensive service networks. With the entry of new global players and the growing presence of existing ones, import of medical devices, equipment and consumables witnessed a CAGR of around 6.8% during 2010-2015 in USD terms. Consequently, in 2015, imports accounted for nearly 72% of the market….

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3 Foods That Aren’t Actually Helping You Lose Weight (And The Alternatives)

Weight loss is something that everyone is talking about these days. In times where obesity and heart diseases are increasingly on the rise, health and weight issues are becoming a prime concern for everyone. But more than losing weight, one should focus on maintaining a healthy weight and losing fat. And although youngsters are turning…

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Research warns almost a quarter of the world will be obese by 2045

In 27 years from now, almost a quarter of the global population will be obese, researchers said Wednesday, warning of the mounting medical bill. If current trends continue, 22% of people in the world will be obese by 2045, up from 14% in 2017, according to a research. The startling projections, presented at 2018 European…

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Regulating salt intake key to prevent hypertension: Experts

Regulating salt consumption is key to prevent hypertension, which is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, stroke and heart failure, say experts. Hypertension, also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure. To lower the risk of heart disease, adults…

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ATA18: Why ‘Connected Care’ Is Vital to Evolving Senior Care

The perception that older people are technophobes must change. That was the message from AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins during a keynote address Tuesday morning at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference in Chicago. Jenkins said her organization’s mission is to empower seniors as they age, and believes technology — and telemedicine, in particular — will…

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10 desserts you won’t believe are actually healthy

When it comes to dessert, “healthy” is generally not the adjective most people look for. “Decadent,” “creamy,” “chocolatey,” and maybe even “sinful” are probably more enticing when the dessert menu appears. However, what if you could have your cake and eat it too, so to speak? Well, according to ten registered dietitian nutritionists, maybe you…

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Fight non-alcoholic fatty liver disease with these foods in your diet

Due to the increasing incidence of obesity other lifestyle related diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has emerged as a rising problem. We tell you how to cut down on your risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease by inculcating certain foods as part of your daily diet. But what is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease? It is a term…

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SMT wins tenders at five Brazilian hospitals

SMT (Sahajanand Medical Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) has succeeded in bagging prestigious tenders amongst Brazilian hospitals for the distribution of stents. The Indian stent manufacturer won tenders at five hospitals including the Army General Hospital, after rigorous examinations and regulatory processes. The alliance will accelerate SMT’s goal towards providing affordable and quality stents for the millions of people suffering…

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What is stevia?

Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used to sweeten beverages and make tea since the 16th century.   The plant is originally native to Paraguay and Brazil but is now also grown in Japan and China. It is used as a non-nutritive sweetener and herbal supplement.   A non-nutritive sweetener is one…

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Scientists establish connection between bowel inflammation and heart diseases

Scientists have found strong connections between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and heart attacks. Inflammation has long been recognised as playing a key role in the development of heart disease. IBD is an umbrella term for two chronic inflammatory conditions that affect the gastrointestinal tract – Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease. While studies have shown a…

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Reality check: Should you throw away your lipstick after being sick?

You should throw away any lip products you use when you’re sick – at least, that’s what one health and safety investigator in the U.S. claims should be done. Morgan Statt, who works for ConsumerSafety.org, spoke to The Independent recently about germs found on beauty products, and points to lip products as the worst offenders for…

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Primary health centres at 7,000 railway stations soon

Indian Railways may soon unveil primary healthcare centres along with Jan Aushadhi stores and sanitary pad vending machines at around 7,000 stations across the country as part of efforts to boost the national healthcare plan proposed in Budget 2018-19. The railways ministry has proposed that its infrastructure be used for providing primary healthcare services at affordable prices. “We have got a…

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Head Transplantation : Is it Possible ?

The noise level in the transplant community has reached a crescendo with the proposed head or whole body transplant venture called ‘HEAVEN’ (Head Anastamosis Venture). The technical feasibility and ethics of ‘Head’ and ‘Whole body’ transplantation are being questioned The success of organ transplantation has been called one of the least expected events in the…

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Chinese scientists clone monkeys, break barrier to human cloning

Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates — the order of mammals…

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For board exams, CBSE puts Type-1 diabetes under disabled category

Last year, the board allowed insulin-dependent students taking classes X and XII board exams to carry sugar tablets, chocolate, candies and water bottles inside the centre. NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has clubbed students suffering from Type-1 diabetes with persons with disabilities (PwD) this year, asking them to fill up the forms for classes X and XII exams under this category. Last…

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Paras Healthcare, HEC to set up multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi

Paras Healthcare and Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) are planning to jointly set up a 300-bedded multi-speciality hospital in Ranchi. This will be Paras Healthcare’s eighth hospital and will take its overall bed capacity to 1,305 beds across the country, Paras Healthcare said in a statement. “The new facility in Ranchi will help us further pursue our goal of…

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