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HindustanTimes Wed,16 Apr 2014

Sanchita Sharma

Cleansing my body, losing my mind

The thought of straight-jacketing, including dietary, gives me panic attacks. Don't get me wrong. I'm not a gourmand or a glutton. I'm fairly indifferent to food and eat most things that come my way.

Are toilets the next big market opportunity?

In the month when his US $76 billion fortune helped Bill Gates reclaim the world’s richest title from telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu of Mexico after a four-year hiatus, you’d think he’d have a lot of thoughts to share.

Breathing easy again

If you weigh so much that walking leaves you breathless, you need to lose weight fast to prevent chronic oxygen scarcity damaging your lung and heart.

Do detox plans actually work?

To understand the toxicity better, let’s just take heavy metals emitted from vehicular and industrial emissions. They are everywhere. Unlike organic pollutants, heavy metals do not decay and seep down into the water-table and leech into the food chain.

Knock, knock... Is the doctor there?

You walk into a restaurant and ask for a coffee. The place is busy but you’re told you’ll be served in 10 minutes so you sit and wait.

Highs and lows of love addiction

Shashank Anand takes his role as a champion of lovers very seriously. The 40-year-old sanyasi, who runs a meditation centre to help dejected lovers, wants to focus his energies in turning love into an "andolan" (revolution).

How leftover smoke hurts days after

Cigarette smoke, like murder, is classified in degrees. First-hand smoke is smoke inhaled by smokers, second-hand is exhaled smoke and other toxins from a burning cigarette inhaled by non-smokers. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Medicine getting up close and personal

Advances in imaging should lead to better care, prompt diagnosis and improved outcomes, but this can only happen if the physicians listens to the patient instead of worrying about filling forms and ticking boxes. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Polio vaccine is not the threat, its opponents are

Unidentified gunmen killed one vaccinator and two policemen in two separate attacks on polio vaccination teams in northwestern Pakistan on Friday. In Swabi in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, two policemen were killed as they headed to provide security for a vaccination team.

‘No scientific basis for gay stereotypes’

Homosexuality is a sexual ‘orientation’ — not ‘behaviour’, which connotes choice — that describes people who have sexual or romantic attraction to people of their own sex.

Mental health gets precedence as India set to de-criminalise suicide

A bus that functions as a mobile tele-psychiatry unit is helping thousands get diagnosed and treated for mental health diseases in the Puddukottai  district of Tamil Nadu for as little as Rs. 700 per patient per month.

The skinny on the flip side of obesity

Sure, obesity is a disease that needs to be prevented, but so is obsessing about body image. 'Fat' is not a description, albeit unkind, like ‘tall' or 'short', anymore. Sanchita Sharma writes.

Sex and regret differs in men and women

Even the rare men who do not claim sexual assault was consensual or that the woman enjoyed it, almost never think of it as “wrong”. The only regret, even in their comparatively more virtuous minds, is being accused, caught or ridiculed.

Stopping misogyny, it starts in the womb

India has more laws that protect the rights of women than the shoes in Imelda Marco’s erstwhile closet. But much like Marco’s now termite- and moth-eaten shoes, these laws are more talked about than used.

Strange whims and odd makeovers

For a lot of people, plastic surgery is no longer about cocking-a-snook at their unsatisfactory genes to always look better than their best. It’s more about having a whim and being ready to pay megabucks to get what you want.
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