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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Wellness

Skin repair tips: Treat sunburn with cool bath, aloe

If you step out of your house without sunscreen and if your skin turns blazing red, its better to move inside. Also bathe with cold water and use aloe to treat sunburn. Here are some tips to repair skin.

'Two-legged' chair to keep you more 'active'

One enterprising French designer has come up with a furniture concept to discourage sedentary behavior - a two-legged chair, which requires the user to shift position in order to keep stable, encouraging use of different muscle groups.

Here's how to keep tummy troubles away while holidaying

A bout of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or tummy trouble is the last thing one would want on a holiday - so be smart in managing what you eat and how you eat to keep issues away.

6 natural tips for flawless skin

Apart from the herbal weapons like face packs that come handy to get rid of various skin troubles, re-think your diet to fight skin woes naturally. From ­making breakfast your ­priority and including various acne-fighting foods, to ­combating tan the natural way, here are ways you can reclaim healthy skin.

Being friendly with neighbours might be good for your heart

Ever felt like your neighbour's antics could drive you to an early grave? Well, there may be reason for concern, said researchers who reported a link on Tuesday between having good neighbours and a healthier heart.

Gut bacteria may trick us into eating what they want

Gut bacteria may be affecting both our cravings and moods to get us to eat what they want, and often drive us towards obesity. Studies suggest that microbes influence human eating behaviour and dietary choices to favour consumption of the particular nutrients they grow best on, rather than simply passively living off whatever nutrients we choose to send their way.

Errors make a man perfect

People get better at tasks by practicing as they are aided by memories of how to perform the task and also of the errors made. Errors not only train the brain to better perform a specific task, but they also teach it how to learn faster from errors.

Egg whites or whole eggs for a healthy you?

Do you always toss out the yolks when you make an omelette? If studies are to be believed, avoiding egg yolks could mean you are missing out on good nutrition. Whole eggs don't raise your risk of heart disease -- in fact, it may be worse for your health to not eat them.

8,000-year-old gene key to Tibetans' high altitude adaptation

In a major breakthrough, US researchers have found a genetic cause - a single DNA base pair change that dates back 8,000 years - that contributes to the Tibetans' ability to live in low-oxygen conditions.

HT Quiz: Is your back bad enough to need a doctor?

Take the quiz to know if your back is bad enough to need a doctor? If your answer to five or more of the above mentioned questions is a yes, then you need to see a spine specialist.

Looking at Robin Williams’ death: The lowdown on being low

Robin Williams’ death put the spotlight on depression and suicide. Few people know that depression is second only to heart disease in lowering productivity and quality of life. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Can't fix your jet lag? Blame it on your genes

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Scences have identified a master gene that controls sleep and wake cycles and that could explain why most people have a hard time adjusting their sleep cycles when traveling between time zones.

Go with the gut: Chilli may be good for the intestines

If you love to bite into a hot chilli, there’s good news for you. Researchers at the University of California in San Diego say that dietary capsaicin — the active ingredient in chilli peppers — could provoke chronic activation of the intestinal lining, reducing the risk for colorectal tumors.

Lucid dreamers are better problem solvers, says study

Researchers at the University of Lincoln took an interest in what they call "lucid dreamers," those who actually know they are dreaming while the dreams play out. In the first empirical study on the subject, they found such people to exhibit better problem solving abilities in their day-to-day lives.

Know when to stop: Exercising too much can be harmful

Running more than four miles a day could be dangerous to your health, according to a study out Tuesday that examined how much exercise is too much. Benefits began to decline among those who ran more than 30 miles (48 kilometers) per week.
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