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Sanchita Sharma
Sanchita Sharma
  • India's private healthcare sector treats patients as revenue generators by prescribing expensive drugs, getting kickbacks for referrals, and doing unnecessary tests and surgeries.
  • Medical malpractice
    Mar 01, 2015 12:22 IST

    Getting the treatment you need, not one doctors want

    India's private healthcare sector treats patients as revenue generators by prescribing expensive drugs, getting kickbacks for referrals, and doing unnecessary tests and surgeries.

  • Hearing
    Feb 07, 2015 17:29 IST

    Why hearing is not enough, you need to listen

    While humans rely heavily on personal communication, experts fear that reading facial expression, body language and other forms of non-verbal communication is a skill getting lost among the generation spending more time with gadgets than living and breathing people.

  • Heart attack
    Jan 19, 2015 18:49 IST

    Lifestyle diseases kill 38 million globally, 16 million prematurely: WHO

    The way you live is likely to determine how long you will live. Diseases linked to lifestyle choices -- smoking, alcohol abuse, eating too much sugar, salt or fat among others -- kill 16 million prematurely. Many of these deaths could be averted with small investments, the report found.

  • Deepika Padukone
    Jan 17, 2015 20:50 IST

    Lessons from Deepika Padukone's winning fight against depression

    Depression tends to creep up on you when you least expect it, which often makes it difficult to diagnose. It becomes all the more difficult when, like Deepika Padukone, you have all the trappings of success: fame, money, good looks and a supportive family.

  • fitness
    Jan 25, 2015 17:12 IST

    Get on your feet to live longer

    Staying active gives you an edge over people who don't exercise, irrespective of what you weigh. Overweight people who are burn around 100 calories through exercise -- walking fast enough to be slightly out of breath for 20 minutes at a time -- each day lower their chances of getting a lifestyle disease.

  • Heart attack
    Jan 17, 2015 16:56 IST

    Keep track of these 6 surprising heart-attack triggers

    Many people believe that losing your temper is a great way of letting off steam and putting a grudge or a troubling situation behind you. Wrong. Anger hurts you far more than the person bearing the brunt of your vitriolic venting.

  • stay healthy
    Jan 10, 2015 18:15 IST

    Eat, breathe and medicate to boost immunity

    As the flu season peaks in India and sporadic swine flu deaths bring back memories of the 2009 pandemic that killed close to 20,000 people worldwide, what everyone wants to know is how you can ward off the flu. Here are ways to stay healthy.

  • Lung
    Jan 04, 2015 14:58 IST

    Find out how healthy your lung is: What you can do to better it

    If you experience breathlessness and difficulty breathing after exertion for longer than three weeks, you might want to take tests to rule out chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • health advice
    Dec 27, 2014 17:50 IST

    When things are best left unsaid

    Every second adult in urban India lives with a chronic illness or health issue. In most cases, the problems are undiagnosed. Another widely prevalent and often undiagnosed condition is the urge to give unsought advice to everyone and anyone, specially on issues to do with their health or lack of it.

  • young minds
    Dec 21, 2014 13:37 IST

    When terror comes home via television and risks damaging your child

    From terror attacks in a Peshawar school that left 148 dead to the 17-hour armed siege in Sydney, news channels often have more graphic images of violence in one news bulletin than video games and films with adult ratings. And here's what this does to children.

  • brain
    Dec 13, 2014 17:38 IST

    How to keep your mind razor sharp

    There's no single cause for failing memory, just as there's no single outcome for it. It may improve with some effort, or it may worsen with time. What all neurologists agree on is that if you give as much thought to your brain as you do to your body, the brain will keep whirring longer.

  • Blood donation
    Dec 12, 2014 22:19 IST

    India’s rarest blood groups make transfusions a challenging affair

    A rare blood is a one that is found in 1 in 1,000 people in a given population, but Bombay “Oh” is rarer, occurring in one in 7,600 people in Mumbai and one in 2,500 in south-west Maharashtra. It’s absent in other parts of the country.

  • Salt
    Dec 07, 2014 12:16 IST

    How much salt is too much? We answer the recurring query

    How much salt should I eat? It’s a question most of us ask physicians when our blood pressure creeps up and we are forced to acknowledge we can’t live forever. The answer is: Use added salt as little as possible. Here's why.

  • sniffles
    Nov 29, 2014 17:36 IST

    Winter woes: Does cold weather make you ill?

    Viruses cause colds and throat infections, exposure to cold doesn't. Only people who carry a latent virus develop a cold because when the body is chilled, the blood vessels in the nose and throat constrict, lowering the supply of infection-fighting white blood cells.

  • dengue
    Nov 22, 2014 12:08 IST

    The power of Android: How smartphones are swatting out dengue in Lahore

    Pakistan's Punjab Information Technology Board's dengue activity tracking system uses real-world field testing of aedes egypti (mosquito that transmits dengue) larvae and confirmed cases of dengue from hospitals to predict where outbreaks are likely to happen.