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You've gotta move it!

Remaining physically active as we grow older could help to keep our muscles and immune systems robust, according to two new studies of older recreational cyclists. Together, the experiments add to growing evidence that our assumptions about ageing may be outdated and that we might have more control over the process than we think.
Apr 04, 2018 00:00 IST

Fitchits

Just like baby talk is a way of bonding with babies, dog-speak - words spoken rhythmically in a high-pitched emotional voice - is important in building a relationship between pets and their humans. Scientists at the University of York, UK, have found that using dog-speak with your mutt not only strengthens your bond but also improves your canine friend's attention span. The researchers conducted experiments designed to understand why humans tend to talk to dogs in this way and if it is useful to the dogs in some way or whether humans do this simply because they like to treat dogs in the same way as they do babies. Evidently, adult dogs like people who speak to them in that special tone. If you want to develop a closer connection with Fido, talk about taking him for a walk and ask "Who is a good boy then?" That will be quite as effective as giving him a bone.
Agencies Apr 04, 2018 00:00 IST

Fitness

Walk for two minutes. Repeat 15 times. Or walk for 10 minutes, thrice. The benefits for longevity appear to be almost exactly the same, according to an inspiring new study of physical activity patterns and life spans.
Apr 02, 2018 00:00 IST

Pain & posture

Pain is never a good experience for anyone. However, pain can teach us a lot of things. We know more about pain now than ever before, thanks to some great research and advancement in pain science. Pain has become a particularly hot topic in the fitness world. People relate pain with poor posture, exercise selection, volume, the intensity of exercises, and lack of recovery. 
Kaushik Talukdar Apr 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Eat fruit, don't drink it 

A fruit is the epitome of healthy food, a fountainhead of nutrition loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Yet, when you discard the fibre and turn a fruit into juice, you throw away a large part of that nutrition and are left with a glass loaded with calories and sugar.
Sujata Mukherjee Mar 29, 2018 00:00 IST

The Most Popular Health Insurance Myths Busted

“Why would you buy health insurance while you are young and healthy?” 
Mar 29, 2018 13:44 IST

Solar blues

The slightest exposure to the sun leads to an itchy red rash on my body.
Dr Gita Mathai Mar 28, 2018 00:00 IST

Why Health Insurance Is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity

A nation’s well-being and productivity depends on the health of its citizens. With a rampant increase in the number of lifestyle diseases, accompanied by ever-rising medical inflation, health insurance has become the need of the hour. In a bid to provide health cover to the underprivileged, the Union Budget this year saw the unveiling of the National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS). NHPS will provide health insurance cover of up to Rs. 5 lakhs per family, to over 10 crore underprivileged and vulnerable families. This cover will be offered for secondary and tertiary care hospitalisation.
Mar 26, 2018 17:09 IST

Green grouse

I have no argument with people who adopt a vegetarian or vegan diet for health, religious, environmental or ethical reasons. But I object vehemently to proselytisers who distort science or the support for dietary advice offered to the more than 90 per cent of us who choose to consume animal foods, including poultry and red meat.
Mar 21, 2018 00:00 IST

Tired? Blame the T cells

Have you been feeling tired, lethargic, short on energy and unable to complete daily chores? While these complaints are common in all age groups, they are more likely in older people, especially women. The tiredness can also is expressed as daytime drowsiness.
YOUR HEALTH - DR. GITA MATHAI Mar 21, 2018 00:00 IST

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