You'd expect most little girls go crazy at the sight of pretty candles and sparklers but even watching them in film gives eight-year-old Siya anxiety attacks each year. Sanchita Sharma writes.
There are traditionalists who starve themselves all day to demonstrate their devotion to their spouses on Karvachauth. And then there are those who cash in on the tradition that became a cowbelt obsession overnight after being promoted in the insanely popular serials produced by the self-professed champion of Indian values, kEkta kKapoor. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Ever since Dr Google and Dr Wiki set up shop in cyberspace, medical practice has become annoyingly complicated, complains every doctor I meet these days. Sanchita Sharma writes.
It's a heartbreaking YouTube video, of a young girl holding up handwritten flashcards to describe years of bullying that drove her to depression, drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts.
Okay, so I have high blood pressure (hypertension), so do one in every three adults worldwide, say World Health Organisation estimates. But unlike hypertension plaguing other unfortunate adults — unfortunate because it contributes to 62% strokes and 49% heart attacks — my hypertension has mood-swings. Sanchita Sharma writes.
For more than limiting screen time, just ensure you spend a similar amount of time outdoors doing things other than fiddling with your tablet or smartphone, writes Sanchita Sharma.
State spending on health can’t keep pace with cardiac diseases. Making the right lifestyle choices is the best preventive and a cost-effective solution, writes Sanchita Sharma
Despite stacks of research on how sleeplessness kills you in insidious ways, being a borderline insomniac has never bothered me. I'd rather be up doing nothing particularly useful than asleep doing, well, nothing that I'm conscious of. Sanchita Sharma writes.
One in every two people feels that the time to start worrying about heart diseases is after turning 30 years or even later, a survey of 4,000 people by the World Heart Federation in India, Brazil, the United Kingdom and the United States of America has found.
What makes science so exciting is that it is by definition empirical - the result of objective analysis based on facts established after years of backbreaking observation, experimentation and review. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Teenage is the most stressful days of our lives," my son, 15, announced when I mentioned the 'what-I-thought-were-shocking but-psychiatrists-said-were-humdrum' findings of the Fortis Healthcare's Teen Suicide Survey over dinner last night. Health editor Sanchita Sharma writes.
Violent outbursts and stroppiness mask underlying loneliness and despair among the young and connected, shows a Fortis Healthcare Survey. Health editor Sanchita Sharma
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News reports of children, including toddlers as young as 3, being sexually abused have made me cringe each day over the past week. The frequency of these reports just adds to the horror of the acts. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Flu trackers — the pedestrian term for epidemiologists who chart disease patterns across the world -- now have an unlikely tool in Twitter to cut to the chase. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Finally, there’s a gene that is biased in favour of women. A gene that makes women happy but mysteriously has no effect on men could be the reason why most women handle the ups and downs of life better than men. Sanchita Sharma writes.