State spending on health can’t keep pace with cardiac diseases. Making the right lifestyle choices is the best preventive and a cost-effective solution, writes Sanchita Sharma
For more than limiting screen time, just ensure you spend a similar amount of time outdoors doing things other than fiddling with your tablet or smartphone, writes Sanchita Sharma.
Okay, so I have high blood pressure (hypertension), so do one in every three adults worldwide, say World Health Organisation estimates. But unlike hypertension plaguing other unfortunate adults — unfortunate because it contributes to 62% strokes and 49% heart attacks — my hypertension has mood-swings. Sanchita Sharma writes.
It's a heartbreaking YouTube video, of a young girl holding up handwritten flashcards to describe years of bullying that drove her to depression, drugs, alcohol and multiple suicide attempts.
Ever since Dr Google and Dr Wiki set up shop in cyberspace, medical practice has become annoyingly complicated, complains every doctor I meet these days. Sanchita Sharma writes.
There are traditionalists who starve themselves all day to demonstrate their devotion to their spouses on Karvachauth. And then there are those who cash in on the tradition that became a cowbelt obsession overnight after being promoted in the insanely popular serials produced by the self-professed champion of Indian values, kEkta kKapoor. Sanchita Sharma writes.
You'd expect most little girls go crazy at the sight of pretty candles and sparklers but even watching them in film gives eight-year-old Siya anxiety attacks each year. Sanchita Sharma writes.
James Bond's Mega Boss 'M', for me, never stood for "Mother" until cyber-outlaw Javier Bardem blamed his mangled mind and dodgy dentistry on her and went on such an Oedipal overkill in Skyfall that even flinty Bond got teary-eyed. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” This existential question has perplexed philosophers since time began, and annoyed the rest of us since school began. Sanchita Sharma writes.
Fast food advertisements: out of sight, out of mind.
Fad diets are a bit like new infections, a new one pops up almost every year. Sanchita Sharma reports.
Understanding teenage behaviour, I've been told by people who study the mysteries of the mind, is tougher than detecting a photon without destroying it. Unravelling its mysteries would, like the photon experiment, win you a Nobel, not for physics but for peace (and quiet). Sanchita Sharma writes.
All they want is a polio-free world, and it is a colossal tragedy that we cannot protect the polio workers from the rumours and gunshots of politics and ignorance writes Sanchita Sharma
Much like the prescription Santa hats on Christmas eve and hateful hangovers the next morning, all health columns leading up to the new year are inevitably on innovative permutation-combinations of how to live a sober, fitter and better life. At the risk of being contrarian, I won’t go into all that.
Personal tragedies aside, news reports from Delhi and across India over past few weeks have left us all shaken and stirred. At times like this, when my thoughts jump all over the place, the only thing that can get some semblance of calm in my head is music.