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Navratri special: Eat these foods to ease acidity

Acidity

Navratri special: Eat these foods to ease acidity

We know that many people fast on Navratri. As per experts, fasting is good for health, but one should follow a healthy fasting diet and not starve yourself.

Researchers crack structure of key protein in Zika virus

Zika virus

Researchers crack structure of key protein in Zika virus

A team of researchers have cracked the full structure of a key protein in Zika virus (ZIKV) which may help to understand how the deadly virus replicates itself as well as to potential treatments.

Gastric medications may increase risk of bacterial infection

Gastric

Gastric medications may increase risk of bacterial infection

Researchers, including one of Indian-origin, have revealed that common gastric medications may increase the risk of bacterial infection.

Scientists identify 12 new genes linked to ovarian cancer

Cancer

Scientists identify 12 new genes linked to ovarian cancer

A team of international scientists has identified a dozen new genetic variants that have the potential to increase the risk of women developing ovarian cancer.

'Medicinal diet' can cut diabetes risk: Study

Diabetes

'Medicinal diet' can cut diabetes risk: Study

The starches in diet resist digestion and pass through to the colon or large bowel where they are broken down by microbiota or gut bacteria.

Scientists successfully culture beating human heart cells on spinach leaves!

Human heart

Scientists successfully culture beating human heart cells on spinach leaves!

When the plant cells are washed away what remains is a framework made primarily of cellulose, a natural substance that is not harmful to people.

Work dragging you down? A 20-minute power nap will help you rejuvenate!

napping

Work dragging you down? A 20-minute power nap will help you rejuvenate!

Bosses should consider allowing staff to take a short nap in the office. It can make a huge difference, suggests researchers, reports the Independent.

Learning cooking skills via bestselling cookbooks? It could make you sick

Food safety

Learning cooking skills via bestselling cookbooks? It could make you sick

Scientists say bestselling cookbooks give little useful advice about reducing the risk of foodborne illness, particularly in recipes involving meat products. 

Mental Healthcare Bill: Here's why JP Nadda said thanks to Shashi Tharoor

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill: Here's why JP Nadda said thanks to Shashi Tharoor

During the discussion on the Bill in Lok Sabha on March 24, Tharoor made an emotional speech revealing his experiences of living with a victim of mental illness while giving a host of suggestions.

 

Scientists develop new rapid blood test to accelerate TB diagnosis!

Tuberculosis

Scientists develop new rapid blood test to accelerate TB diagnosis!

Making matters worse, TB bacteria can lurk dormant in a person's lung tissue, often for decades, before spontaneously producing full-blown TB disease that can then spread to others.

Seasonal allergies: Tips to keep pollen at bay

Alletgies

Seasonal allergies: Tips to keep pollen at bay

While there's no cure, there are many things you can do to reduce or prevent springtime allergies – from medication to good household habits.

Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Why it is significant for India with high suicide rates

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill passed in Lok Sabha: Why it is significant for India with high suicide rates

The passage of the Mental Healthcare Bill 2016, which was earlier passed by the Rajya Sabha in August 2016, is significant given India's current mental health status. 

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

brain health

Over 100 genes linked to memory in humans identified

The study is part of the nascent but growing field of "imaging genetics," which aims to relate genetic variation to variation in brain anatomy and function.

Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

Liver disease

Hepatitis C drug faces fresh battle

A single pill of the the drug, marketed as Sovaldi and other names, can cost up to $1,000 (920 euros). In France, a 12-week course of treatment costs 41,000 euros.

Want to reduce your risk of obesity? Cooking at home and avoiding TV during meals will help!

Obesity

Want to reduce your risk of obesity? Cooking at home and avoiding TV during meals will help!

Those whose family meals were all home-cooked also had lower odds of obesity than other adults who ate some or no home-cooked meals.

Grocery shopping? You're probably inviting more germs than you'll find in your toilet!

germs

Grocery shopping? You're probably inviting more germs than you'll find in your toilet!

Fresh produce section often doubles up as a hub of germs as an easy point of entry for germs into handles.

Diagnostic tests for nut allergy may be 'unreliable', say scientists

Allergy

Diagnostic tests for nut allergy may be 'unreliable', say scientists

At present, the most accurate way to diagnose a possible food allergy is an oral food challenge.

Mental Healthcare Bill 2016: Parliament gives assent, decriminalises suicide

Mental health

Mental Healthcare Bill 2016: Parliament gives assent, decriminalises suicide

An important clause in the bill decriminalises suicide, thereby deeming it unpunishable, while also stating that a person who attempts suicide should be presumed to be suffering from severe stress.

Video games a 'viable and effective' treatment for depression, say researchers!

Mental health

Video games a 'viable and effective' treatment for depression, say researchers!

The findings showed that playing the specifically designed video game helped people feel they had some control over their depression.

The power of a hug: A loving embrace is the secret to your baby's good health!

child health

The power of a hug: A loving embrace is the secret to your baby's good health!

There are emotional benefits that hugs have for your bundle of joy.

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

Premature babies

Karan Johar's emotional post on his kids Yash-Roohi being premature will move you to tears – Read

In an emotional post shared on social media, the filmmaker whose children were born almost 10 weeks before full-term, jotted down a heart-whelming note revealing that he was terrified initially on learning that there were complications with his babies' birth. 

Gum disease and your health: Why regular dental checkups are important

dental health

Gum disease and your health: Why regular dental checkups are important

Gum disease, or gingivitis, begins with bacterial growth in your mouth and is a result of poor dental hygiene. 

Summer skincare: How to choose sunscreen according to your skin tone

Beauty tips

Summer skincare: How to choose sunscreen according to your skin tone

While the ultimate solution of any sun protection regimen is the proper and regular use of a high SPF sunscreen, make sure that you choose a sunscreen that is suitable for our skin.

Doing household chores can keep heart attack at bay

Heart attack

Doing household chores can keep heart attack at bay

As per a new study, simple household tasks, such as making bed, doing laundry or carrying groceries can start the road to recovery for people who have had a heart attack or a stroke.

Stem cell therapy restores sexual function in impotent men

stem cell therapy

Stem cell therapy restores sexual function in impotent men

Erectile dysfunction to some degree affects nearly half of men between the ages of 40 and 70. 

Rising osteoarthritis in India compels doctors to stress on need for more trained surgeons

Osteoarthritis

Rising osteoarthritis in India compels doctors to stress on need for more trained surgeons

Osteoarthritis occurs when there is damage in and around the joints that the body cannot fully repair.

Feeling low? Visit a spiritual retreat to lift your mood, says study!

brain health

Feeling low? Visit a spiritual retreat to lift your mood, says study!

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University in the US observed about 14 participants ranging in age from 24 to 76.

Tired of making several trips to the toilet at night? Reduce your salt intake!

Healthy eating

Tired of making several trips to the toilet at night? Reduce your salt intake!

Salt can only be disposed from the body when it is dissolved, so the more people eat the more urine needs to be expelled to get rid of it.

Highly religious people, atheists are least fearful of death, say scientists!

death

Highly religious people, atheists are least fearful of death, say scientists!

The findings were mixed across the studies, with only 30 percent of the effects showing this finding.

Speaking about depression will help you on your way to recovery, says PM Narendra Modi

Depression

Speaking about depression will help you on your way to recovery, says PM Narendra Modi

He said that depression was not an incurable ailment and one can get rid of it if a right psychological environment is built for him or her. 

Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district hit by foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

Foot-and-mouth disease

Tamil Nadu's Tiruvallur district hit by foot-and-mouth disease outbreak

FMD affects cloven-hoofed animals (those with divided hoofs), including cattle, buffalo, camels, sheep, goats, deer and pigs.