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Sanchita Sharma
Sanchita Sharma
  • A single lower-than-normal reading is not a cause for worry if there are no symptoms. But a sudden drop in pressure - a fall of 20/10 mmHg or more - along with symptoms of dizziness, fainting spells, clammy skin, nausea, blurred vision or disorientation indicate trouble.
  • Empathy
    Jul 11, 2015 17:48 IST

    From apathy to empathy in just three simple steps

    Empathy, which for years people believed was an attribute that you were either born with or lacked -- can be taught.

  • Paediatrician
    Jul 04, 2015 16:29 IST

    Is India doing enough for public health?

    Each year, 40 million people are pushed into poverty because they are forced to abandon jobs because of ill health or have to sell their land and assets to pay healthcare costs.

  • skinny jeans
    Jun 27, 2015 17:46 IST

    Are skinny jeans, high heels, tattoos really a health hazard?

    Can ill-chosen apparel and accessories actually wreck your body? Undoubtedly. Does it mean that you should wrap yourself in swathes of natural fibre and only opt for orthopaedic shoes? Absolutely not.

  • Fat
    Jun 20, 2015 21:13 IST

    Brown or white? How the colour of fat determines weight

    Skinny or voluminous, all of us have some amount of fat tucked away inside us, with the type, amount and distribution depending on our genes and lifestyle. Body fat is classified brown, white, subcutaneous and visceral. Some of it is healthy, most is not.

  • The doctor's in but is (s)he listening?
    Jun 14, 2015 11:12 IST

    Are you listening doctor? 'Patient' hearing leads to better decisions

    If you ask yourself when was the last time you met a doctor who listened to you, you're likely to struggle to recall. If you've actually met one who did, it's likely he or she is the one you keep going back to for every real or imagined threat to your health.

  • Toxin
    Jun 06, 2015 15:57 IST

    Toxic bites: Tracking poisons in your diet

    If you're wondering why we're all not dead despite this deadly onslaught, it's because our liver, kidneys and digestive system work overtime to break down and excrete most of these toxins, usually within hours.

  • woman
    May 25, 2015 13:49 IST

    Beat the heat: A ready-reckoner on keeping cool

    Sweating leads to excessive loss of salt and minerals, causing the body to dehydrate severely and causing problems.

  • Homosexuality
    May 23, 2015 18:15 IST

    India's turn to say 'yes': Lessons from Irish vote on same-sex marriage

    Though India is one of the few countries that legally recognises the third gender and gay-rights activists are getting increasing popular support, India ranked 81 among 127 countries ranked in the Gay Happiness Index compiled by Planet Romeo, a popular dating app that surveyed 7,100 people in India.

  • Botox
    Apr 18, 2015 18:31 IST

    Botox's less glam avatar treats spasm, incontinence

    Botox reaches the brain but does not cause side effects, which shows its use is safe. But at the end of the day, it is a neurotoxin. When given in wrong doses by untrained hands, Botox can play havoc with your nerves.

  • Kleptomania
    Apr 25, 2015 20:04 IST

    Urge overkill: Here's why kleptomaniacs are not thieves

    Kleptomaniacs rarely set out to steal. They nick because they are unable to overcome a sudden irresistible urge to pilfer things they don't want or need. It's the act of stealing, not the object swiped, that gives kleptomaniacs a high.

  • Hypertension
    May 09, 2015 18:45 IST

    Hypertension: What's your number?

    In most cases, hypertension does not cause symptoms. And in rare cases when symptoms- headaches, ringing in the ears, lightheadedness, sleeplessness, fatigue - do occur, people put it down to stress and overwork and don't seek treatment.

  • Selfie stick
    May 16, 2015 16:37 IST

    Selfie stick: Self-destructive narcissism or harmless way to have fun?

    Though taking photos of yourself with your dinky camera has been around for a few years -- 'selfie' was the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2013 -- the trend is riding the social media wave to become become inescapable.

  • disease
    Apr 11, 2015 14:32 IST

    Does size really matter when measuring disease risk?

    If these studies are anything to go by, doctors should consider replacing their high-end tests with a simple old-style measuring tape.

  • Mind
    Apr 05, 2015 12:01 IST

    Don't be 'stuffocated': Here's how to declutter, discard without angst

    It's not easy to let go of your possessions. It's natural to hang on to mementoes and keep some essentials at hand for future use. But many of us take this to an extreme, accumulating and hoarding things of little or no use that soon take over our personal space.

  • cold and cough
    Mar 28, 2015 17:12 IST

    How resilient Mumbai is battling multiple drug resistant TB

    Bustling Mumbai is undoubtedly India's most vibrant metropolis, but with 60% of its 13 million population living in slums, inevitable shortfalls in housing, sanitation and nutrition make people susceptible to infection.