HindustanTimes Fri,26 Dec 2014

Sanchita Sharma

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A mobile key to maternal health

Dr Anita has a flourishing practice in Bihar. She is the most sought-after consulting gynaecologist in a state with India's highest fertility rate. But Dr Anita is not a real person. She's a recorded voice that works as an audio-visual aid for community health workers advising families on mother and child health.

What is Ebola? Ask the nation's frontline health workers

From screening passengers coming from West Asia to having isolation wards in designated hospitals and rapid response teams, India does have a contingency plan in place. But what about awareness about the virus beyond India's half a dozen metros, asks Sanchita Sharma.

Ready for deadlier Ebola-like outbreak?

A virus (Marburg) more deadly than Ebola has killed a man in Uganda, confirmed the World Health Organisation on Friday, raising fears of a new outbreak even as the world struggles to contain Ebola, which has killed more than 4,000 people and infected at least twice as many.

Tobacco kills half its users: Tips on quitting smoking

France has announced plans to introduce plain packaging of cigarettes as part of tough anti-smoking laws. Tobacco use in India is higher than France (31%), with 34.6% adults here using some form of tobacco. India too has introduced graphic warnings on tobacco packages, but how effective are they?

Health issues: The hours you work determines heart health

The longer people work, the higher are their chances of developing heart disease within the next 10 years! Researchers now link working more than 40-hours a week with the narrowing and hardening of blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the heart.

Twitter, Facebook and email are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol

Staying unplugged from the rest of the world is unimaginable, but the Jammu and Kashmir deluge made the nightmare a reality for many of us. Wonder why staying unplugged leaves us powerless? Because Twitter and Facebook are more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol!

Get up, stand up, look younger, live longer

The elixir of youth is right under your nose but even after you hear about it, it’s very likely that you’ll sit around and do nothing to slow down ageing. It is because this anti-ageing miracle needs you to use your feet a lot more than you do in life.

Eating tapeworm eggs the worst way to lose weight

Eating tapeworm eggs to lose weight has to be the craziest way to crash-diet. And there are people dumb enough to do it. Getting active sounds like hard work, but it’s far more palatable than swallowing eggs fished out of human poop, Sanchita Sharma writes.

Do you know even handshakes are injurious to health?

In findings that will undoubtedly make conservatives leap with joy — if conservatives do leap at all — scientists have found that traditional bowing as a greeting is far healthier than shaking hands, high-fiving or fist bumping.

Ebola virus goes rogue, but pandemic unlikely

Diseases jumping species to maim and kill have obvious sci-fi parallels, but few of us realise that many of the world’s most deadly infections come from animals.
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