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

Reach out. Now.

Depression in young people is a difficult terrain to traverse. As a matter of fact, coping with depression is difficult for everyone, but it is more so for young people. There is usually a denial or lack of acknowledgement that young people can get depressed. For many years, it was thought that children and young people are actually incapable of feeling depressed.  
J. R. Ram Jun 17, 2018 00:00 IST

‘We are in this lonely battle together’ — poet Rupi Kaur’s message for those fighting the ‘sickness’

In the midst of so many suicides that have taken place this year — I feel terrified. Sometimes I myself feel so trapped in the dark it feels like the only way out is to end it all.
Jun 17, 2018 00:00 IST

Code Green

We are all supposed to include three cups - or six servings - of vegetables in our daily diet. Unfortunately, most of us fail to do so. And that is why some of us take the quick and easy way out by drinking vegetable juice instead.
Jun 13, 2018 00:00 IST

Don't be chicken

Until the age of one, a baby is protected from chicken pox by antibodies that have crossed over before birth from the mother. By the age of 20, 90 per cent of people has had chickenpox.
YOUR HEALTH - Dr Gita Mathai Jun 13, 2018 00:00 IST

Mirror magic

If you sprain an ankle or break a wrist this summer and cannot use one of your limbs, the muscles there will weaken and shrink - unless you exercise those same muscles in your other limb.
Nytns Jun 06, 2018 00:00 IST

Steam it out

Asthma, or reactive airways disease, is a chronic controllable disease. It occurs in all ages and both sexes and affects 30 to 40 per cent of the Indian population. Fatalities are rare but can occur due to ignorance, poor management, lack of adherence to medical advice and a penchant to "doctor shop".
Your Health - Dr Gita Mathai Jun 06, 2018 00:00 IST

How you can boost the development of your active child

Be it reciting a jingle heard on the television, running after everything that catches their fancy or bewildering adults with their endless questions, toddlers give us a glimpse of their infectious energy every day. Their energy and curiosity often leave parents astounded. This fascination about the world around them stems from the fact that the brains of young children are more active than adult brains.
Jun 05, 2018 13:59 IST


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