Heart of darkness

His suicide came as a slap on my face. Like for many others, Anthony Bourdain’s suicide was a shock to me. Here was a man, who was at the top of his game and yet he killed himself. As an adolescent, I always dreamt to be a food critic travelling the world, but chose a far less interesting career in medicine instead. 
J.R. Ram Jul 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Not just in the mind

This spring, when every tree in Brooklyn seemed to be shedding pollen all at once, I developed a nagging itchy throat with frequent spasms of coughing that made it difficult to talk or walk. I attributed the problem to allergies even though I'd never had such a reaction before.
?NYTNS Jun 27, 2018 00:00 IST

The liquid of life

Water makes up 75 per cent of the body weight of an infant and 55 per cent of an adult. Our body is composed of multiple complex cells which contain enzymes, electrolytes and electrical charges. All these function only in the presence of water. "Fasting unto death" (for political or religious reasons) will take two months if only food is avoided. It will take seven days or less if water is also withheld.
Dr Gita Mathai Jun 27, 2018 00:00 IST

A pass for pasta

Pasta is no longer off the menu, after a new review of studies suggested that the carbohydrate can form part of a healthy diet, and even help people lose weight.
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH Jun 27, 2018 00:00 IST


Here's evidence that loud background music in restaurants affects food choices - and not in a good way. Behavioural scientists who ran a series of lab studies and field experiments found that participants selected more unhealthy items like red meat and cake when the ambient music was loud. They were more likely to choose healthy items when softer music was played in the background. "High-volume music is more exciting and makes you physically more excited, less inhibited and more likely to choose something indulgent," said Dipayan Biswas, a professor of business and of marketing at University of South Florida in Tampa and lead author of the paper, published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. The genre of music did not appear to influence the choices, the researchers said.
NYTNS Jun 27, 2018 00:00 IST

Parental guidance

Most parents will agree that their parenting goals are largely to ensure that their children know how to navigate through life — how to be happy in whatever they do, and how to deal with the ups and downs of life. 
Sangbarta Chattopadhyay & Namita Bhuta Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST

What it means to be healthy

People often confuse health with fitness and assume if they are physically fit they are healthy. There is a big difference between the two even though both are important.
Jun 24, 2018 00:00 IST


It's been estimated to affect up to a third of adults, and for some it can prove debilitating. So when British news anchorman, Tom Bradby, was revealed to be absent from work with insomnia, his plight will have struck a chord with many.
The Daily Telegraph Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Go bananas

A banana might reasonably replace sports drinks for those of us who rely on carbohydrates to fuel exercise and speed recovery, according to a new study comparing the cellular effects of carbohydrates consumed during sports.
Nytns Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST

Surgery: the last resort

QI have severe pain in my right knee. The doctor says it is osteoarthritis, the knee is damaged and that I need a knee replacement. Not only is it expensive, but I am also only 47 years old.
YOUR HEALTH - Dr Gita Mathai Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST


Researchers interviewed 501 couples who were trying to get pregnant without medical assistance. The participants kept diaries on their diet and other health and behavioural habits, including fish consumption. The researchers followed the pairs for a year or until pregnancy. They found that men who had two or more 4-ounce servings of fish a week had a 47 per cent shorter time to pregnancy, and women a 60 per cent shorter time, than those who ate fewer servings a week. By 12 months, 92 per cent of the couples who ate fish twice a week or more were pregnant, compared with 79 per cent among those who ate less. The study, in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, controlled for age, education level, smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity and other factors.
Nytns Jun 20, 2018 00:00 IST


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