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Sanchita Sharma

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.

Best prepared rarely stumble and fall

More often than not, it’s not the better player, but the fitter one, who wins. And that’s why her critics cannot take away from Saina Nehwal’s bronze victory against China’s Wang Xin, who was forced to abandon a match she was leading 21-18, 1-0 to hobble out of court because of a knee injury. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Prescriptive shots of java keep you going

Going through a working day without several steaming cups of coffee or tea not only wilts your mind but may also be killing you silently in mysterious ways, show a gaggle of studies since May this year. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Laughing, real and fake, boosts health

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.

The innovation tsunami saving lives

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.

Kicking child-sexual abuse in the face

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.
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