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  • Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets: Study

    22 November, 2014 5:17 AM 16

    Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered ‘jet-air’ and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets. Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around

  • Switch to sugar-free | The Indian Express

    21 November, 2014 7:28 PM 12

    I am often asked if consuming a certain amount of sugar is essential in our diet. During digestion in the body, all carbohydrates including starches like cereals — bread, roti, rice, pulses, dals, fruits and potatoes breakdown into sugars. The body uses these sugars for energy. Sugars can be used in moderation by most healthy active people but must be used sparingly

  • Why we don’t need milk

    21 November, 2014 6:55 PM 16

    Almost no one will dispute that when a baby is born, breast milk is the best nutrition a mother can provide. All mammals nurse their young, and breast milk benefits a newborn infant in ways above and beyond nutrition. In fact, until 1 to 2 years of age, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, the Institute of Medicine and more promote

  • Obesity silently damages heart

    21 November, 2014 12:31 PM 15

    Obese people without an overt manifestation of heart disease experience silent cardiac damage that fuels risk of heart failure in the future, with new research suggesting that obesity is an independent driver of heart muscle damage. The findings challenge the commonly held belief that cardiovascular diseases seen in severely overweight people are driven

  • Health ATMs can be a reality soon

    21 November, 2014 5:07 AM 16

    Health ATMs, with a stock of drugs and other medical essentials, can soon become a reality in rural parts of India with some state governments mulling setting up such kiosks through the public-private partnership mode. The Wish India Foundation, an NGO working in innovations in health, will soon begin a project in Rajasthan through which it will set up health

  • Travelling with a smoker increases cancer risk

    17 November, 2014 5:03 AM 15

    While simply sitting in cars with people who smoke, non-smokers breathe in a host of potentially dangerous compounds that are associated with cancer, heart disease and lung disease, says a new research. In a small yet significant study, 14 non-smokers sat for one hour in the passenger seat of a parked sport utility vehicle behind a smoker in the driver’s

  • Why snacking on fruits can be harmful

    17 November, 2014 4:43 AM 11

    Snacking on unhealthy food in between meals may play havoc to your waistline. While fruits might be a better option for your physique, they may damage your teeth, reveals a survey. The warning about snacking on sugary fruit comes from a poll of 458 dentists, hygienists and dental professionals. Commissioned by Dentyl Active, the survey explored the foods

  • Rethinking decisions on breast cancer

    14 November, 2014 6:57 PM 10

    American women face conflicting advice about whether to be screened for breast cancer, at what age and how often. The decisions they make are often more strongly influenced by fear or a friend’s experience than by a thorough understanding of the benefits and risks of mammography. In 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force recommended that women between

  • Off drugs, onto cupcakes | The Indian Express

    14 November, 2014 6:55 PM 7

    Rodney Zimmers was 21 years old and 135 pounds when he got off heroin and cocaine for good. Three years later, he was still drug free but had ballooned to 250. He blames his weight gain on the high-calorie, high-sugar food served in rehabilitation. “Once I got sober, I continued to eat all this awful stuff,” said Zimmers, now 29 and the founder of Blueprints

  • Acting too soon on knee replacement?

    14 November, 2014 6:52 PM 6

    For someone whose knee is sore and creaky, the prospect of replacing it with a new, metal-and-plastic version of the joint can be beguiling. The surgery seems so easy and to promise so much: better mobility, less pain, an approximation, almost, of youth. However there is growing evidence that knee-replacement surgery may be too seductive — and that many people