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  • Ditch ready-to-eat meals to avoid high calories: Survey

    6 November, 2014 5:31 AM 5

    Do you want to help trim yours and your family’s waistlines? One can save over a month’s worth of calories every year by ditching ‘ready meals’ and instead taking a Do it Yourself (DIY) approach to making common foods. The research by etailer AppliancesDirect found that the average family stands to save 240,000 calories, the equivalent of 32 days’ recommended

  • Kick the butt to avoid chronic back pain

    4 November, 2014 10:19 AM 4

    Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to develop chronic back pain, warns a research. “Smoking affects the brain. We found that it affects the way the brain responds to back pain and seems to make individuals less resilient to an episode of pain,” said Bogdan Petre, technical scientist at the Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine

  • 'I'm a Minimal Make-Up Fan': Dipannita Sharma

    4 November, 2014 4:00 AM 7

    Rose water, a facial moisturiser and a cream with SPF 25 are a must for me. Which do you prefer: minimal make-up or a glossy look for a big night out? If you skip your fitness regimen on a particular day, do you compensate for it? If you use a good leave-in conditioner after a wash and later blow-dry your hair, you can style it any way you want to. For a more natural

  • After fare feud, MMRDA, Metro operator spar over built-up area

    4 November, 2014 12:10 AM 17

    A fter a long-drawn tussle over the fare structure, the city’s development authority and the Reliance Infrastructure-led operator of Mumbai’s first Metro are now locked into another conflict. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has shot off a letter to the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), the Metro operator, saying the latter

  • The vast viral universe

    1 November, 2014 7:02 PM 12

    Behind the hellish Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa lies an agent that fittingly embodies the mad contradictions of a nightmare. It is alive yet dead, simple yet complex, mindless yet prophetic, seemingly able to anticipate our every move. For scientists who study the evolution and behaviour of viruses, the Ebola pathogen is performing true to its vast, ancient

  • The magic of belief

    1 November, 2014 6:21 PM 16

    How many words does it take to know you’re talking to an adult? In Peter Pan, J M Barrie needed just five: “Do you believe in fairies?” Such belief requires magical thinking. Children suspend disbelief. They trust that events happen with no physical explanation, and equate an image of something with its existence. Magical thinking was Peter Pan’s key to eternal

  • Knowing cancer risk may not affect screening rate

    31 October, 2014 9:59 PM 13

    When scientists tested people for a genetic mutation that increases the risk for colon cancer, they thought that telling people of their increased risk would encourage them to get the recommended screening. They were wrong. Researchers studied 783 people older than 50, the age when screening is recommended for everyone, who were not getting it at the start

  • Dietary tips for the wedding season

    31 October, 2014 9:58 PM 8

    Weddings are significant life events when brides and grooms want to look their best. It’s a time in every bride’s and groom’s life when body shape and weight concerns are at their peak. A recent study reports that both men and women conceptualise their wedding appearance (including weight), but it is found to be more important among women than men. However

  • ‘More toilets don’t lead to better health’

    31 October, 2014 9:52 PM 11

    Because of the well-known dangers of open defecation — especially for children’s health — bringing millions of latrines to the poor has long been a goal of public health experts. But now a major study in India has stunned advocates of latrine building by showing that it may do little good. Because of the well-known dangers of open defecation — especially

  • Runners, get your carb dose right

    31 October, 2014 9:27 PM 8

    Many runners in Sunday’s New York City Marathon may be overlooking a simple way to improve their finishing time, according to a new study of marathon nutrition. The study finds that consuming the right number of sports gels at the right moments during the race could help average runners achieve better-than-average results. No one should be surprised