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Sanchita Sharma
Sanchita Sharma
  • Skinny or voluminous, all of us have some amount of fat tucked away inside us, with the type, amount and distribution depending on our genes and lifestyle. Body fat is classified brown, white, subcutaneous and visceral. Some of it is healthy, most is not.
  • The doctor's in but is (s)he listening?
    Jun 14, 2015 11:12 IST

    Are you listening doctor? 'Patient' hearing leads to better decisions

    If you ask yourself when was the last time you met a doctor who listened to you, you're likely to struggle to recall. If you've actually met one who did, it's likely he or she is the one you keep going back to for every real or imagined threat to your health.

  • Toxin
    Jun 06, 2015 15:57 IST

    Toxic bites: Tracking poisons in your diet

    If you're wondering why we're all not dead despite this deadly onslaught, it's because our liver, kidneys and digestive system work overtime to break down and excrete most of these toxins, usually within hours.

  • woman
    May 25, 2015 13:49 IST

    Beat the heat: A ready-reckoner on keeping cool

    Sweating leads to excessive loss of salt and minerals, causing the body to dehydrate severely and causing problems.

  • Homosexuality
    May 23, 2015 18:15 IST

    India's turn to say 'yes': Lessons from Irish vote on same-sex marriage

    Though India is one of the few countries that legally recognises the third gender and gay-rights activists are getting increasing popular support, India ranked 81 among 127 countries ranked in the Gay Happiness Index compiled by Planet Romeo, a popular dating app that surveyed 7,100 people in India.

  • Botox
    Apr 18, 2015 18:31 IST

    Botox's less glam avatar treats spasm, incontinence

    Botox reaches the brain but does not cause side effects, which shows its use is safe. But at the end of the day, it is a neurotoxin. When given in wrong doses by untrained hands, Botox can play havoc with your nerves.

  • Kleptomania
    Apr 25, 2015 20:04 IST

    Urge overkill: Here's why kleptomaniacs are not thieves

    Kleptomaniacs rarely set out to steal. They nick because they are unable to overcome a sudden irresistible urge to pilfer things they don't want or need. It's the act of stealing, not the object swiped, that gives kleptomaniacs a high.

  • Hypertension
    May 09, 2015 18:45 IST

    Hypertension: What's your number?

    In most cases, hypertension does not cause symptoms. And in rare cases when symptoms- headaches, ringing in the ears, lightheadedness, sleeplessness, fatigue - do occur, people put it down to stress and overwork and don't seek treatment.

  • Selfie stick
    May 16, 2015 16:37 IST

    Selfie stick: Self-destructive narcissism or harmless way to have fun?

    Though taking photos of yourself with your dinky camera has been around for a few years -- 'selfie' was the Oxford Dictionary word of the year in 2013 -- the trend is riding the social media wave to become become inescapable.

  • disease
    Apr 11, 2015 14:32 IST

    Does size really matter when measuring disease risk?

    If these studies are anything to go by, doctors should consider replacing their high-end tests with a simple old-style measuring tape.

  • Mind
    Apr 05, 2015 12:01 IST

    Don't be 'stuffocated': Here's how to declutter, discard without angst

    It's not easy to let go of your possessions. It's natural to hang on to mementoes and keep some essentials at hand for future use. But many of us take this to an extreme, accumulating and hoarding things of little or no use that soon take over our personal space.

  • cold and cough
    Mar 28, 2015 17:12 IST

    How resilient Mumbai is battling multiple drug resistant TB

    Bustling Mumbai is undoubtedly India's most vibrant metropolis, but with 60% of its 13 million population living in slums, inevitable shortfalls in housing, sanitation and nutrition make people susceptible to infection.

  • Vitamin deficiency
    Mar 22, 2015 12:45 IST

    Catatonic depression? Could be just a vitamin deficiency

    Frequent bouts of nerve-racking anxiety, catatonic depression and stuporous lethargy can be triggered by a complex interplay between unrelenting work and social pressures. Or they could simply be a result of dietary omissions.

  • Toddler
    Mar 14, 2015 15:24 IST

    Baby blues: Is your toddler badly behaved?

    Parental depression, however mild, during the first years of parenting raises a toddler's chances of developing troubling behaviours such as hitting, lying, anxiety and depression during a critical time of development.

  • Swine flu
    Mar 13, 2015 15:51 IST

    A nightmare from hell: Should you be afraid of swine flu?

    A possibly mutated and more deadly virus, more than 28,000 infections and 1,600 deaths in a little over 10 weeks! This year's swine flu outbreak sounds like a nightmare from hell.

  • Anaemia
    Mar 07, 2015 18:48 IST

    Tired? You could be anaemic without knowing it

    Have you been feeling tired and listless for no particular reason? It could be stress, depression or, most likely if you're a woman, the ubiquitous but very fixable anaemia.