Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister announced a unique health insurance under Universal Health Assurance Mission (UHAM) of the Central Government and claimed that the programme will  be recognised as the 'largest public health insurance programme' in the world. The insurance scheme will be free for people below the poverty line (BPL) and those above this limit can avail health insurance at a …
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Chronic alcohol exposure can lead to disruptions in the sleep cycle, not just when one actively drinks but even years after one stops drinking. Individuals with alcohol use disorder frequently suffer from severely disrupted sleep, said the study co-authored by an Indian-origin professor. 'Sleep-wake disturbances can last for months, or even years after someone stops drinking. It indicates that …
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To curb the rise of diabetes in India, a hospital announced it would set up 50 'sugar clinics' for easy access to integrated diabetes care while promoting early detection. Apollo Hospital in collaboration with Sanofi (a pharmaceutical firm) will set up the clinics that will increase awareness about diabetes and help people in managing their lifestyle. 'Through the opening of Apollo Sugar …
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Sierra Leone's Foreign Minister Samura Kamara to discuss the rising Ebola epidemic in the country. 'They discussed the effects of the Ebola outbreak on the country and how the UN would work with Sierra Leone to combat the outbreak and mitigate its effects,' Ban's spokesman said. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 3,000 people have …
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Along with the fun and frolic of garba during Navratri, the nine-day fasting routine has also started. Although dieticians say that fasting is good for health, following a healthy fasting diet and not starving yourself is the key to maintain overall well-being. While lack of stamina and weakness are common signs of improper fasting, these effects can be minimized by following good fasting …
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Women who accept and tolerate their bodily imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their high body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives, a research indicated. This self-compassion may protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders. 'Women may experience a …
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A new study has demonstrated that emotion- expressive suppression is not only able to reduce negative emotion effectively, but also dampens the negative emotion faster than cognitive reappraisal. The study provided an important perspective for the solution of a long-lasting issue of public concern: how to reduce the impact of negative emotion efficiently, especially in urgent and demanding …
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A psychologist has come up with nine tips that he claims can help achieve an 'amicable divorce.' Michael Hakimi, who practices at Loyola University Health System and still remains good friends with his wife after their 20-year marriage ended in divorce, and said that it was important to have a harmonious divorce. People don't have to put on boxing gloves. When it became a fight, the only winners …
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Actress Liv Tyler is pregnant for the second time, her representative has confirmed, saying she's happy and thrilled. Tyler, who has a nine-year-old son Milo William, is expecting her second child with boyfriend David Gardner. 'Liv Tyler is happily pregnant with her second child,' people.com quoted Tyler's representative as saying.  'The couple is thrilled with the news,' said a source. Tyler …
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According to findings presented at the annual meeting of Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) 2014 in Chicago, drinking caffeinated beverages can fight fatigue while driving.   Usually, listening to music and drinking tea, coffee are two popular fatigue-fighting measures that drivers take. According to ShiXu Liu, a graduate student in Ontario-based McMaster University's department of …
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According to a study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, you're more likely to be responsive to smiles in a social group after drinking an alcoholic beverage. For the study, researchers involved 720 healthy social drinkers, between the age 21 and 28 years, and randomly assigned them to three groups. Each group was randomly assigned to receive a particular drink: an …
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The online health and wellness portal HealthyDunia.com has announced the launch of the India Health & Wellness Awards 2014 (IHW Awards). The awards are aimed at recognising key players who have made significant contributions to the Indian healthcare industry. To be held on December 20, 2014, the IHW Awards would be supported by several organisations including the Delhi Medical Association, …
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Movies, especially some Indian ones, do require us to suspend disbelief and, to be honest in some cases all our understanding of medicine and the human body. Things like brain transplants, polio being cured by encouragement and patriotism bringing people back to life have left us amazed at what these movie-makers were thinking. But this video from a Telegu movie has left us in awe of the …
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Recently, when the team of 'Happy New Year' visited the Google Headquarters, the audience was lucky to catch a quick glimpse of Shah Rukh Khan's much talked about 8-pack abs. He was there to promote his latest film and was inevitably asked about his now-popular abs. In response to this, the actor simply lifted up his shirt to let the audience have a peek of them. The actor did confess that it …
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