HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Sanchita Sharma

Teaching an old brain new tricks

This week, scientists got a monkey to use thoughts to control two virtual arms of its avatar using technology that will help people who are paralysed use a mind-controlled exoskeleton. For, apart from swinging from trees, humans can pretty much do everything that monkeys do, including surviving space rides and racist jokes.

Lessons from nepal on flushing away infection

One of the facts prime-ministerial aspirant Narendra Modi got right was India needing “toilets before temples”. What he didn’t mention was neighbouring Nepal is already doing it. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Water, the fuel for peak performance

Winter's when you worry about putting on weight and give little thought to how much water you drink, but the two are inextricably linked. Mild dehydration alters mood and lowers concentration and energy levels. Sanchita Sharma reports.

Tulsi, a herbal fix for almost everything

You can chew the herb for practically everything, from anxiety, cough, allergies, asthma, fever, diarrhoea, indigestion and vomiting to heart disease, arthritis and snakebites.

Cruel cut: Female circumcision in East Africa

Vivian Magero, 23, was nine when she narrowly escaped female genital mutilation (FGM), also referred to as female circumcision.

Boom Country

Along with India, Kenya is among 40 countries with the fastest-growing populations. Policy and social changes are making a difference, but not fast enough. Sanchita Sharma writes.

A world conspiring to make you fat

Adverts for fatty food trigger hunger by stimulating the brain’s appetite control centre, announced researchers at the 94th annual meeting of The Endocrine Society in the US this week. Sanchita Sharma reports.

The highs and lows of bariatric surgery

Dumping your excess weight and its associated insecurities in a bariatric clinic may sound like a fairytale fantasy, but it is anything but. Even if your surgery is a breeze and you lose all the weight you wanted to, life doesn't always get the Cinderella ending you had hoped for.

Keeping a step ahead of parasites

If infection-causing organisms were even half as dumb as the dodo, the world would have been free on infection several decades ago. It was not to be.

'Global AIDS infection down, India played crucial role'

In 2011, 2.3 million got infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, making new infection the lowest ever in more than a decade. Sanchita Sharma reports.

Going down memory’s everchanging stream

Surrealist Salvador Dali famously said the difference between false and true memories is the same as for jewels: it’s the false ones that look the most real, the most brilliant. And far, far more interesting. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Inactivity kills, get moving now

Lack of exercise kills as many people worldwide as smoking; just 150 minutes of moderate activity every week could be beneficial, writes Sanchita Sharma.

Racked by troubled past

Executives roughed up during violence at Maruti’s Manesar plant are struggling to get over incident. Sanchita Sharma writes. Life after trauma

Turning pretzel to boost mood & mobility

Yoga evangelist-turned-serial crusader Swami Ramdev’s shrill claims that yoga cures homosexuality, AIDS and all cancers has done unimaginable damage to the many validated benefits of the traditional Indian science of exercise and well-being. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Reversing the brain’s age, slowly and surely

Ever had the feeling that you’re losing your mind? Well, you are, quite like the rest of us. And if you are a woman who is stressed, you’re likely to be losing it faster than a lot of us. Sanchita Sharma writes.
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