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Panic room

Anxiety is universal and commonplace. We have all experienced anxiety at some point of time in our lives, and most of us don’t even think it is something to be taken seriously. Perhaps we assume that it’s natural to be worrying, anxious and high-strung in today’s world and so, we don’t see how anxiety wreaks havoc on our lives. 
Sangbarta Chattopadhyay & Namita Bhuta Aug 12, 2018 00:00 IST

Fishy tale

All over the world, fish is one of the main sources of animal protein. According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, it comprises about 20 per cent of all animal protein consumed. In developing countries such as India, half of all animal protein consumed is fish. Certain communities have a well-established tradition of eating fish every day.
Aug 08, 2018 00:00 IST

A face less equal

Q I feel that my face is asymmetrical and I am very self-conscious about it.
YOUR HEALTH - ?Dr Gita Mathai Aug 08, 2018 00:00 IST

Golden Slumber

Sleep is the most important piece of the health and wellness puzzle. If it has a profound impact on both psychological and physical state of our health. We spend one-third of our day sleeping, and studies have reported that seven-eight hours of sleep is positively associated with health and longevity. So, sleep plays a vital role in overall well-being. 
Kaushik Talukdar Aug 05, 2018 00:00 IST

Yogurt myths

Could a pot of full-fat yogurt for breakfast be an alternative to a daily aspirin to prevent strokes? New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that a fatty acid found in dairy could lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease — and strokes in particular.
The Daily Telegraph Aug 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Ways to keep UTI at bay

The kidneys in a human body produce around 1.5 to 2.5 litres of urine a day, which travels to the bladder through the ureters and is stored there. A person empties his or her bladder via the urethra around 6-8 times a day.
YOUR HEALTH - Dr Gita Mathai Aug 01, 2018 00:00 IST

Mental notes

I seem to have a problem in getting even small tiffs out of my mind. I keep thinking about them, even at night, so much so that I am not able to sleep well. What to do?
Jul 29, 2018 00:00 IST

Play like a pro

Football fever reached its crescendo over the last one month. While we marvelled at the creative skills of the best on the pitch, I wonder how many actually appreciated the demands the sport places on the physical system of the human body. Football, arguably, is possibly the most physically demanding of all sports.
Jul 29, 2018 00:00 IST

Heart to heart

More than six crore Indians currently suffer from heart disorders, according to an estimate. Many of them will eventually be advised either a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) - colloquially known as bypass surgery - or an angioplasty. While some people will be worried about the physical impact of a major surgery like the bypass, almost all will be chary of the immense costs. In fact, about 80 per cent of people prescribed bypass or angioplasty cannot afford these procedures. So they look for alternative treatments and there are quite a few on offer - pharmaceutical intervention or pills, Harvard-researched natural bypass, US Food and Drug Administration approved EECP, laser surgery and so on. While most of these methods are scientifically sound, none of them are foolproof. There is also no one-size-fits-all solution - only an experienced doctor can judge which therapy will suit a patient.
Jul 25, 2018 00:00 IST

Fit chits

Drinking coffee has been associated with lower mortality rates for a while but a new study suggests that caffeine is not responsible for this effect. Researchers found that the risk of death from any cause - particularly from cancer and cardiovascular disease - declined steadily as coffee consumption increased. Those who drank a cup a day have 6 per cent lower risk than those who drank less than that, and people who drank eight or more cups a day have 14 per cent lower risk. The study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, adjusted for age, race, smoking, sex, body mass index and alcohol consumption. Interestingly, the associations were similar for not only ground and instant coffee but also for caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee, making it likely that caffeine had no role to play in prolonging life.
NYTNS Jul 25, 2018 00:00 IST

When food is medicine

My sister-in-law was once a diabetic. She's not any more. This was not due to some miracle cure, but a common-sense change in her diet - she ate a lot more veg and a heap less sugar. The pounds dropped off, and she eventually reached the point where she no longer needed her insulin. While diabetes cannot be "cured", it can be sent into remission by a healthy diet. This is just one example of food-as-medicine, a subject that has interested me for almost as long as I've been cooking professionally.
The Daily Telegraph Jul 18, 2018 00:00 IST

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