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Sanchita Sharma
Sanchita Sharma
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mar 01, 2015 12:22 IST

    Getting the treatment you need, not one doctors want

    India's private healthcare sector treats patients as revenue generators by prescribing expensive drugs, getting kickbacks for referrals, and doing unnecessary tests and surgeries.

  • Feb 07, 2015 17:29 IST

    Why hearing is not enough, you need to listen

    While humans rely heavily on personal communication, experts fear that reading facial expression, body language and other forms of non-verbal communication is a skill getting lost among the generation spending more time with gadgets than living and breathing people.

  • Jan 19, 2015 18:49 IST

    Lifestyle diseases kill 38 million globally, 16 million prematurely: WHO

    The way you live is likely to determine how long you will live. Diseases linked to lifestyle choices -- smoking, alcohol abuse, eating too much sugar, salt or fat among others -- kill 16 million prematurely. Many of these deaths could be averted with small investments, the report found.

  • Jan 17, 2015 20:50 IST

    Lessons from Deepika Padukone's winning fight against depression

    Depression tends to creep up on you when you least expect it, which often makes it difficult to diagnose. It becomes all the more difficult when, like Deepika Padukone, you have all the trappings of success: fame, money, good looks and a supportive family.

  • Jan 25, 2015 17:12 IST

    Get on your feet to live longer

    Staying active gives you an edge over people who don't exercise, irrespective of what you weigh. Overweight people who are burn around 100 calories through exercise -- walking fast enough to be slightly out of breath for 20 minutes at a time -- each day lower their chances of getting a lifestyle disease.

  • Jan 17, 2015 16:56 IST

    Keep track of these 6 surprising heart-attack triggers

    Many people believe that losing your temper is a great way of letting off steam and putting a grudge or a troubling situation behind you. Wrong. Anger hurts you far more than the person bearing the brunt of your vitriolic venting.

  • Jan 10, 2015 18:15 IST

    Eat, breathe and medicate to boost immunity

    As the flu season peaks in India and sporadic swine flu deaths bring back memories of the 2009 pandemic that killed close to 20,000 people worldwide, what everyone wants to know is how you can ward off the flu. Here are ways to stay healthy.

  • Jan 04, 2015 14:58 IST

    Find out how healthy your lung is: What you can do to better it

    If you experience breathlessness and difficulty breathing after exertion for longer than three weeks, you might want to take tests to rule out chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Dec 27, 2014 17:50 IST

    When things are best left unsaid

    Every second adult in urban India lives with a chronic illness or health issue. In most cases, the problems are undiagnosed. Another widely prevalent and often undiagnosed condition is the urge to give unsought advice to everyone and anyone, specially on issues to do with their health or lack of it.

  • Dec 21, 2014 13:37 IST

    When terror comes home via television and risks damaging your child

    From terror attacks in a Peshawar school that left 148 dead to the 17-hour armed siege in Sydney, news channels often have more graphic images of violence in one news bulletin than video games and films with adult ratings. And here's what this does to children.

  • Dec 13, 2014 17:38 IST

    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.