A healthy population will be more receptive to programmes and initiatives aimed at improving its education, food security and employment opportunities, President Pranab Mukherjee said Wednesday.’A strong and fit population can more easily be motivated and steered to realise the nation's goals. A vibrant society, free from disease and malaise, naturally has better prospects for progress and …
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The media can play a positive role in improving the human rights and health of homosexual men in South Asia, a report said Wednesday. 'The report titled ‘A Framework for Media Engagement on MSM and Transgender Persons in South Asia’ has been developed by the Centre for Advocacy and Research (CFAR) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). ‘Though media coverage of HIV has increased over the …
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A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court seeking immediate ban on sale of fruits and vegetables, which contain artificial colour and harmful preservatives. A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice R.S. Endlaw, agreeing to hear the PIL, posted the plea for May 21 and clubbed it with another petition that relates to pesticides in fruits and vegetables. The PIL filed by advocate …
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A new report by the WHO shows how antibiotic resistance has become a serious threat around the world and has the potential to affect anyone irrespective of region or age. Antibiotic resistance–when bacteria change so antibiotics no longer work in people who need them to treat infections–is now a major threat to public health. ‘Without urgent, coordinated action by many stakeholders, the …
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Survived a heart attack? Start taking cereal fibres as this would improve your chances of a longer, healthier life. According to a promising research, people who survive heart attacks have a greater chance of living longer if they increase their dietary intake of cereal fibre. 'Those who ate most fibre had a 25 percent lower chance of dying in the nine years after their heart attack compared with …
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Do you know that your diet before conceiving can affect your child's genes? You must read this. A mother's diet before conception can permanently alter the DNA of the offspring that may affect his/her development, a significant study shows. 'Our results represent the first demonstration in humans that a mother's nutritional well-being at the time of conception can change how her child's genes …
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Trying to muster the motivation to lace up your running shoes and hit the pavement? Think back to a particularly exhilarating run or scenic bike ride and odds are you’re more likely to hit the gym. That’s according to the results of a recent study out of the University of Hampshire, which found that the mere act of summoning the memory of past exercise experiences -- particularly positive …
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What has diabetes to do with your brain? Well, it may shrink your brain by two years every decade, an alarming research has indicated. It is the first such study linking diabetes to a change in the size of the brain. 'Our research found that patients having more severe diabetes had less brain tissue, suggesting brain atrophy,' said R. Nick Bryan, a professor of radiology at University of …
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Five new polio cases have been reported in Pakistan, bringing to 58 the number of children affected this year, a media report said Wednesday. Four cases were reported from North Waziristan and one from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Dawn online reported. (Read: Pakistanis need to get themselves vaccinated for polio before entering India) The four affected children in North Waziristan have not received any …
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Thermostability, an innovative technological intervention, can help achieve 95 percent coverage of expanded programme of immunisation in India and would merit 70-80 million doses annually, said Hilleman Laboratories, a joint-venture between Merck & Co. and Wellcome Trust. The announcement has come when World immunization week is being observed April 24-30. US-based Merck & Co is a …
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Researchers have showed that highly stressed people who eat a lot of high-fat, high-sugar food are more prone to health risks than low-stress people who eat the same amount of unhealthy food. Kirstin Aschbacher, PhD, an assistant professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry and lead author, said chronic stress can play an important role in influencing biology, and it’s critical to understand …
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Actress Zoe Saldana has a 'low maintenance' beauty regime and prefers minimum make-up to save time. The 35-year-old has been unveiled as L'Oreal Paris' latest spokesmodel. 'I'm always on the run because I'm such a workaholic, so I'm pretty low maintenance. A red lipstick and a ponytail and I'm good to go. I just need my basics: foundation, red lips, mascara and blush,' said Saldana. 'That gets …
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Researchers have found that information technology, such as smartphone applications, can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives. Cheryl Shigaki, an associate professor in the MU School of Health Professions, said current weight loss recommendations are essentially the same as they were decades ago, but each generation has to learn how to manage modern challenges to …
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Scientists in the US have developed a new training program for the brain that they say can make you smarter. Called 'Gist reasoning training,' the program developed out of the University of Texas at Dallas goes beyond standard memory recall and information processing tests and improves cognitive performance by challenging the brain in areas like strategic attention, integrated reasoning and …
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