Health & Medicine

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Health & Medicine

The New Chinese-American War of Designer Humans

Advances in science spark competition between powers that are rivals.  At least that is how the community sees it broadly. Oncologist Lu You and his team at the Sichuan University in Chengdu introduced gene edited cells on October 28, 2016 into a patient from West China Hospital with aggressive lung

17 Nov 16 3 min read
Health & Medicine

30% of ICU survivors go through PTSD

The Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is very common amongst those who have experienced the trauma like being in war, being sexually assaulted etc.  But now a new study at John Hopkins [http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/ptsd_symptoms_common_among_icu_survivors] shows that the PTSD symptoms

04 Mar 13 3 min read
Health & Medicine

Are we hard wired to Avoid Exercise?

Are we wired for being against the exercise?  It seems that there are individual differences because of the threshold we have in our body for exercise.  And that can make it easy for some and difficult for others.  So what is the way out?  Start with baby steps… and slowly

19 Feb 13 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Green Tea & Red Wine disrupt the Alzheimer advance

Good news for the Green Tea and Wine drinkers!  These two products contain chemicals that help fighting the impact of Alzheimers.  They do so by disrupting a key step in the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Findings were published in Journal of Biological Chemistry [http://www.jbc.org/content/early/

06 Feb 13 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Scientific Breakthrough: After Antibiotics have wiped your digestive bacteria, cure is injecting someone’s poop into your digestive tract

Here is an interesting situation – bizarre one really. We use anti-biotics for a lot of infections.  These anti-biotics, along with decimating the bacteria that is harmful, goes further and gets rid of bacteria in the digestive tract as well.  Great!  Right?  Naah!!  The bacteria in the digestive tract that we

24 Jan 13 3 min read
Health & Medicine

Universe is like a Giant Brain

A news study says that Universe is a giant brain. > According to a study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the universe may be growing in the same way as a giant brain – with the electrical firing between brain cells ‘mirrored’ by the shape of expanding galaxies. > The results of

18 Jan 13 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Mindful Meditation relieves Chronic Inflammatory Ailments like Arthirities, Asthma etc

We all know that Meditative techniques help relieve chronic ailments.  Now, a study by University of Wisconsin underscores that by doing a “controlled” study, where other therapeutic factors, like supportive social interaction, expert instruction, or learning new skills were kept out of the measurements. > People suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions,

17 Jan 13 3 min read
Health & Medicine

The Fallacies of Fat: Myths of Weight Gain

America is fat and obese.  One in three adults and One in six kids are obese.  How can you reduce weight?  Here is a discussion with endocrinologist and obesity doc Robert Lustig on what works.  He has recently written his book – Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food,

16 Jan 13 1 min read
Health & Medicine

All about Food Myths and Fad Diets

Here is a very interesting discussion where we listen to the experts on the Fads and Myths relating to foods.  Here is the introduction to the piece and then the discussion > Every New Year millions of Americans resolve to lose weight, eat better and hit the gym. Sadly, many of

11 Jan 13 1 min read
Health & Medicine

India’s permissible Radiation Limits from Cell Phone Towers is 900 times the global safety limits; causes headaches, behavioral problems

This is unacceptable. Just because people are not aware and ignorance is being misused – criminally, I would say – to hurt a population without its knowledge!  In the coming years, the health impact of this on an entire population could be nothing short of devastating. I’m hoping, that people start

08 Jan 13 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Hazards of Sleeplessness

Sleeplessness is abig epidemic in the world right now, specially in the US.  Remember how Michael Jackson died due to taking anesthesia to just sleep?  Here is an interesting Infographic gving the hazards of being sleepless.

17 Dec 12 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Are Tattoos an advanced form of Acupunture?

Tattoos today are more a fashion statement.  In fact, in some cases, they signify rebellion to tradition in modern society.  But that may not have always been true.  Tattoos, it seems, may have been used to help in alleviating some illness or health issue in prehistoric times.  Interestingly, an Iceman

11 Dec 12 16 min read
Asia

Do Blood Groups define Personality Types and Belief System?

World of Japanese Blood Group DynamicsJapan is a remarkably homogenous country and people have to invent differences for prejudice to find a play.  For, differences bring distinctions for some and inferiority for others. So they have come up with Blood Type defining the character, temperament and personality of people.  In

06 Nov 12 3 min read
Business

Roche’s Hepatitis Drug Patent Revoked by India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board

In a major win [http://india.nydailynews.com/newsarticle/bb7f0b4b32e0dfe8f7ffe77002886b7e/india-revokes-roche-hepatitis-patent#ixzz2BCAsXcTi] for Indian drug companies which manufacture generic drugs for major ailments, the India’s Intellectual Property Appellate Board revoked Swiss giant Roche’s patent for a hepatitis C drugs.  This means that the patent that could have prevented

03 Nov 12 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Instant Noodles are Unhealthy!

Just Five Minutes? This very popular ad for Maggi Noodles and the popularity of Instant Noodles has been specifically for the kids in India.  But are these noodles safe for kids?  Or even adults? Well, it turns out that they aren’t! Ahmedabad-based Consumer Education and Research Society has done

25 Oct 12 1 min read
Health & Medicine

India Tops the world in Maternal Deaths!

Another damning indicator of health for India. Something that can be easily prevented by a bit of training and proper resources – Maternal Deaths [http://www.siliconindia.com/news/general/India-Ranks-First-In-Maternal-Deaths-Worldwide-nid-116490-cid-1.html?utm_campaign=Newsletter&utm_medium=Email&utm_source=l1] during child birth. India tops the global list – well ahead

21 May 12 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Sperm Donors now asking for Brahmin and Sunni/Shia Sperms

We had talked [http://www.patheos.com/blogs/drishtikone/chennai-couple-wants-iitian-sperms-for-a-designer-baby-a-debate/] about designer babies and how some parents had come out with an ad for IIT-ians’ sperm. In this market, of sperm donors things keep getting stranger and stranger. Now we see parents asking [http://www.siliconindia.com/news/general/Indians-Shopping-for-Brahmin-Sperm-nid-116478-cid-1.

21 May 12 1 min read
Health & Medicine

India goes one year without polio

Melinda Gates administers polio vaccine in an Indian VillageOf the many diseases in India, one has hurt the lives of many people.  Many young lives have been put to such a waste because the kids couldn’t use their limbs properly – only because of lack of a vaccine that was

13 Jan 12 1 min read
Careers

For Long Life, Love your Colleagues!

Do you have a great relationship with your colleagues at work?  If not, the chances of you dying earlier than those who have good relationships is lower by 250%! Next time that obnoxious co-worker comes to you and starts on his/her tirade, just flash that number and hopefully that

07 Aug 11 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Only 46% of Mothers in India Breast-feed

Breat Milk is very important for the future of the newborns.  Yet, I saw a statistic [http://ibnlive.in.com/news/only-46-percent-of-mothers-breastfeed/173369-60-121.html] that shocked me for the Indian context. > only 46 per cent of Indian mothers breastfeed their babies during the first six months, according to a survey

06 Aug 11 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Sexual Stimulation in Women has been mapped

Medical researchers have mapped out the Genital sensations in women and the findings seem to be in line with what the women knew instinctively and suggested men to improve their satisfaction. Some women are hardly ever satisfied by male partners and often use sites like sex toy insider [https://www.

06 Aug 11 4 min read
Health & Medicine

Indian Hospitals: Killing Fields?

An unfortunate incident has come to light that showcases the insensitivity of the medical practitioners and the rot in India’s hospitals these days.  The staff of Allahabad’s Swaroop Rani Hospital apparently dumped two patients in a forested area at the behest of a doctor.  One was mentally challenged

04 Aug 11 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Tears of Women and Men

Tears help us express ourselves at times.  Specially women.  Women use tears – emotional tears – very effectively in their relationships.  But not before now was it known that tears turn men off.  And no men cannot differentiate between fake saline water and tears in terms of odor or probably even taste.

10 Jan 11 1 min read
Health & Medicine

A Story of Unhealthy, Careless and Lazy Indians

India prides in Vedas, Spirituality, and yoga.  One would assume that people would have the fundamental health parameters in place.  At least in places where poverty is not an issue.  But the story is something totally different. Not only are we Indians lazy, unhealthy, stupid, careless and prone to diseases;

28 Dec 10 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Our Health and Their unHealthy Studies

Heisenberg once said that the position of an electron and the accuracy of the measurement of its position are inversely proportionate.  Which means that if you find the position with a high degree of precision, you can safely assume that your measurement is highly inaccurate.  Health industry and its pronouncements

30 Nov 10 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Brain can LISTEN to shapes

Interestingly, we hear shapes pretty well.  It seems that Canadian Scientists think that human brains can decode the shape of an object by processing special sound inputs [http://www.hindustantimes.com/Brain-can-see-objects-by-listening/H1-Article1-615392.aspx] . > “The fact that a property of sound such as frequency can be used to convey shape

21 Oct 10 1 min read
Careers

Lack of Friendships and Longer Working Hours

These days we work a lot of hours in office.  Sometimes and in some cases these hours are as high as 20 in a day!  For many people, there is hardly any life outside office.  Such is the state of life these days.  And we all have many colleagues we

21 Sep 10 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Being Sober on a High?!

“Mujhe chadi nahin hai, abhi bhi poora hosh hai!  Main iski tarah nahin jisse dhakan soong kar chad jaati hai.” (No, I am not on a high, I am completely sober!  I am not like him who gets a high just by smelling the cap of a liquor bottle). I

16 Sep 10 3 min read
Health & Medicine

Water and Weight loss: Useful companions

Do you want to lose weight?  And use the natural things?  Think seriously about using water in various ways.  Lets understand at least three ways: 1. Lemon Water Drinking Warm lemon water is an excellent way.  Just boil some water in the morning and add lemon juice from a freshly

02 Sep 10 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Forget Fat genes, go exercise!

In US, there is an entire society built on accomodating Obesity.  Not obese people, but obesity.  It is as if the Americans don’t want to offend this rather privileged state of being in human beings.  So, myriad of theorires are created to explain why being fat is fine and

01 Sep 10 1 min read
Health & Medicine

From Botox to Yoga, a body full of toxins

Katie Price alias Jordan, a model, is struggling to conceive [http://www.dnaindia.com/entertainment/report_katie-price-swaps-botox-with-yoga_1381598] because of all the toxins in her body. > is struggling to conceive probably because of toxins in her body from Botox and tanning So, what does she do?  She has gone to

11 May 10 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Men programmed to be obsessive about sex

Dr. Louann Brizendine M.D., is a neuropsychiatrist and the author of “The Female Brain”.  She has now come out with a new book “The Male Brain: A Breakthrough Understanding Of How Men And Boys Think” [http://www.louannbrizendine.com/?p=100]. There she argues [http://in.news.yahoo.com/

02 Apr 10 1 min read
Health & Medicine

What's in a Pill?

This week I was in bed still recovering from the flu for the fourth time in a period of six months. Terribly unwell and under house arrest, I watched many informative movies. One of them was Food, Inc. which really opened my eyes as to what we eat and where

12 Feb 10 5 min read
Creative

Peach fruits and the Facebook Statuses

Peach. Just that seems to be the status of a FB friend this morning.  Ok, what about that?  What is Peach, I wonder.  To which I am told with Simpsonian “Duh” – “its a fruit”.  Hmmm.  True… but!??? Then I go to another status and it says “White”.  Now this sudden

08 Jan 10 2 min read
Creative

Peach fruits and the Facebook Statuses

Peach. Just that seems to be the status of a FB friend this morning.  Ok, what about that?  What is Peach, I wonder.  To which I am told with Simpsonian “Duh” – “its a fruit”.  Hmmm.  True… but!??? Then I go to another status and it says “White”.  Now this sudden

08 Jan 10 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Peanut-Banana-Honey Porridge from Isha Yoga

When we were going through the Isha Yoga Inner Engineering class, our lunch was all-natural meal of dishes made of raw fruits, vegetables and nuts.  Nothing was cooked.  One of the things that especially caught my imagination was Peanut-Banana-Honey Porridge.  I had thought that it had milk in it.  But

27 Nov 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Podcasts Can Help You Lose Weight

This is very interesting.. listening to podcasts can help you lose weight.  Not due to listening of health tips.. but listening to some entertaining stuff can make you lighter! > But men and women listening to entertaining or “enhanced” podcasts lost weight, plus it encouraged them to eat more fruits and

29 Oct 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Actress Lisa Ray has bone marrow cancer

It seems that the actress Lisa ray has cancer of the bone marrow – Myeloma.  She writes on her blog [http://lisaraniray.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/gently-carbonating/] about the recent diagnosis.  Calling herself as the “Junior member” of the patients with Myeloma (she is 37, while the avg age is

09 Sep 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Beet-root helps increase stamina

Do you want to exercise more?  Well, start consuming more beet-root.  It helps you exercise 16% more than normal.  Why? > The University of Exeter led-study has for the first time shown how the nitrate contained in beetroot juice leads to a reduction in oxygen uptake, making exercise less tiring.  The

08 Aug 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Takeover by the Beautiful Women!

Ok, its a conspiracy of the Beautiful women! They are propagating and making more attractive women.  Soon, less attractive women will go extinct this way.  A number of studies done on physical attractiveness and its links to reproductive success in humans (what the heck are people spending their money on

27 Jul 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

A Cabbage a day keeps Viagara away

Aphrodisiacs have been an obsession with men all through the ages.  With the advent of Viagara, a new chapter was written.  Now, there has been a study in UK to find the best natural Viagara out there.  So a team led by Croatian nutritionist Dr Lejla Kazinic Kreho did studies

13 Jun 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Genes of Anger

There was a movie – “Albert Pinto ko Gussa kyun Aata hai?” (Why does Albert Pinto get angry).  Well, it turns out .. because Albert Sr. used to get agry.. that is why Albert Jr. is getting angry.  And it all boils down to one “T”. A gene called DARPP-32 produces more

05 May 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Eating less leads to better memory

Eating just enough is a smart thing.  Eating more just because you can – given the wealth and access – doesn’t mean you are healthy.  But that is how the society is progresses.  Prosperity somehow, inexplicably directly translates into overeating and obesity (remember the Roman Emperors?). Now, a study suggests that

29 Jan 09 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Red wine may help in Alzheimers

People may hate the French but their interest and loves with different things fascinate the world.  Red wine is one of those things.  French have lower death rate from heart attacks and one of the element is supposed to be their red wines. Now a UCLA professor [http://www.elements4health.

21 Nov 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Claudia gets a windpipe of her own

It is a major scientific breakthrough and I wanted to recognize it as well as chronicle it here at Drishtikone.  For the first time, in a commercial way at least, a body part has been created out of tissue from a person’s own stem cells.  Here is the interesting

21 Nov 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Ugly facial scars on men attract women

Have you seen women swoon over men with ugly facial scars?  Well, now a study says that actually women are attracted to men who have facial scars.  But the rider is that they are not likely to have a long term relationship with those guys.  The reverse – attractiveness of women

18 Nov 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Fat women are more sexually active

When ever any one thinks of a sexy female one usually thinks of a petite one.  But the researchers [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/HealthSci/Fat_women_more_sexually_active/articleshow/3657934.cms] now say it is the fat women who are sexually more active.. > The data revealed that overweight women

03 Nov 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Farts and Blood Pressure

You hate when someone farts near you, dont you?  Well, the person is letting out Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S).  It is created not by the person but by the bacteria living in the human colon. A new study [http://news.yahoo.com/s/livescience/20081023/sc_livescience/thestinkinfartscontrolsbloodpressure] points to how

26 Oct 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Women Smokers and risks to their health

A lot of women have started smoking.  In fact the percentage of women amongst the new smokers is increased tremendously in the last decade. Despite the increase in vaporizers [https://fatbuddhaglass.com/collections/vaporizers] as an alternative to smoking, which is seen to be much better for lung health than

03 Sep 08 4 min read
Health & Medicine

Dead baby for 5 hours in Refrigerator comes alive

A kid was pronounced dead and was kept in the refrigerated storage unit.  As she was being taken to be buried the parents found her to have come alive!She was in the refrigerated [http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSLI23405020080823?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews] unit for 5 hours.  Any

24 Aug 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Polygamous men live longer

It seems a man’s survival is based on his ability and opportunity to procreate!  Study has found that polygamous men (with more than one wife) lived on average 12% longer than men from monogamous cultures.  The study discounted for socio-economic factors etc.  They studied men over 60 from 140

21 Aug 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

For intelligence, Size does matter!

It seems that size does matter when it comes to intelligence!  It seems that Einstein’s brain – a few hours after his death – was retrieved and cut into 240 pieces and preserved for study.  It is understood that studies that bigger brains in certain areas are responsible for higher intelligence

19 Aug 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Lying posture makes you creative!

Does posture help in problem solving or thinking differently? BS, you would say… right? Well, a new study [http://www.physorg.com/news4028.html] says (Prelim albeit) that lying down significantly helped the subjects in solving anagrams and thinking creatively. Ostensibly, it had to do with brain chemistry and the

01 Aug 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Soy Intake can lead to infertility?

Most vegetarians use soy as a source for protein foods. In fact most simply cut out all the animal protein (milk and derivatives) and replace it with soy. Now, a study [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/25/AR2008072502985.html] , on merely 99 men has found that

29 Jul 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Health effects of bad bras

Of all the dress accompaniments, a lady’s bra must definitely rank as the most interesting and intriguing of garments. It is unique in its construction and has revolutionised the handling of a female’s “assets” ever since it arrived on the scene! As much as it is worn (and

28 Jul 08 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Mindful Meditation slows HIV progress

Meditation is a bastardized word. People have made it into practices into exercises into methodologies.. everything other than what it is supposed to be. The word for meditation in Sanskrit or Hindi was “Dhyan” – which means “to contemplate”. The eternal question is the most suitable for contemplation – “Who Am I”

28 Jul 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Tony Snow dies of cancer

Today another person went down to cancer – colon cancer. Tony Snow [http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/12/obit.snow/index.html] was the press secretary in Bush’s White House and was fighting cancer for last year or so. Today he died. He was also at Fox Channel.

12 Jul 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Quack-y cure for Heart disease?

Is this the age of “QUACKS” in the medicine area?  Well, it certainly does seem so from the different new pills and cures coming out each touting itself to be better than the last one. But this is truly a quacky cure!!  A red yeast rice is used for red

10 Jun 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Smoking and Terrorism

A post by Suresh Naig ======================== Contrast with the ban on smoking scenes in Indian cinema by the health minister and a host of measures to wean people away from smoking, during a major part of past century, smoking was a fashion statement. Winston Churchill seldom appeared in public without his

13 May 08 2 min read
Health & Medicine

The curse of memory

Her name is Jill Price.  Her disease is called hyperthymestic syndrome (from the Greek thymesis, for remembering, and hyper, meaning well above normal). She can remember EVERY detail from the age of 14.  Every means every detail!  Like what time she got up, who she met, what she did, what

10 May 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Sleep well and keep healthy

I was young and I slept so much that it was a joke! Whenever people would come to meet me, I would be sleeping. Yet, I was thinner. Does sleep have anything to do with your weight? Well, to be fair in my case I was a lot younger and

16 Mar 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Viagara 4 times a day for a 2 year old..

Yes, that is the cheapest way for him to stay healthy and alive. Oliver Sherwood [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Viagra_keeps_two-year-old_British_boy_alive/articleshow/2858339.cms] is afflicted with pulmonary hypertension (PH), a rare heart and lung condition that causes chronic high blood pressure.  Generally this disease

15 Mar 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Are we pre-wired for Mathematics?

I had gone for on an internship during my Masters program at IRMA to a small village in Rajasthan.  The NGO there was into adult education.  When asked as to what do they teach?  They said language and Math.  These people were farmers.  They would grow food and then sell

14 Mar 08 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Weight management and my paranthas

Ever since I went to work in my first job and stopped playing, my girth and weight expanded.  I have always been fond of eating good food – specially the Indian home cooked – so it is rather tough for me to leave that.  I have reduced my intake but there still

14 Feb 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Is Science doing a Makardhwaj?

There is an incredible and unbelieveable tale in the life of Hanuman – the Hindu deity.  Ram and Lakshman have been captured by Mahiravan and are being held captive in Patal – lok or under the seas.  When Hanuman goes to free them he is faced by a part-monket and part-fish (kind

13 Feb 08 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Kiss: Its evolution and usefulness

Since we are in the global “love/romance” season until this weekend, here is something on that very loving act of kissing.  An act which involves roughly 42% of our cranial nerves which are busy transporting nervous messages between lips, tongues (depending on the depth of the act), cheeks, nose,

11 Feb 08 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Breathe in Cow Dung… Throw up cancer

Remember how we scoffed at the village houses where cow dung and its cakes were the regular source of fuel?  How the city bred with a high nose think that it is rather unsanitary?  Well, it now seems that as much unsanitary it might seem (and be), some things (dirt

29 Jan 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Why men and women are attracted to longer legs

Men, it is said, like long-legged women.  Well, it is the other way around as well!  Tall men and women are considered attractive – and those with 5% longer legs, for both, men and women, are considered most attractive > Research involving more than 200 men and women revealed that people whose

17 Jan 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

A beating heart created in a lab

Scientists have taken the next step in biological science!  They have created a beating heart [http://edition.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/01/14/rebuilt.heart/?imw=Y&iref=mpstoryemail] “from scratch” so to say.  As the video below says, the researcher here gave nature its tools and let it do

15 Jan 08 1 min read
Health & Medicine

World loses USD 30 billion from Smoking habit!

Here is one of the world’s richest country – Nauru.  Small Island that has lots of wealth.  Here are its smoking stats: > Pct. who smoke: 54% > Population: 13,528 > Gross National Income: $67.6 million > Smokers cost in total national income: $5.1 million > Pct. of total: 7.5% Nations

06 Dec 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

World loses USD 30 billion from Smoking habit!

Here is one of the world’s richest country – Nauru.  Small Island that has lots of wealth.  Here are its smoking stats: > Pct. who smoke: 54% > Population: 13,528 > Gross National Income: $67.6 million > Smokers cost in total national income: $5.1 million > Pct. of total: 7.5% Nations

06 Dec 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Eat Veggies to fight Dementia

Dementia, it’s a word that no one wants to hear being associated with a loved one, but it can happen, unfortunately. That’s why there are places such as these Independent Living Facilities [https://careasone.com/blog/independent-living-facilities-requirements-regulations/] that can help with this sort of things. Older people get

12 Nov 07 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Eat Veggies to fight Dementia

Dementia, it’s a word that no one wants to hear being associated with a loved one, but it can happen, unfortunately. That’s why there are places such as these Independent Living Facilities [https://careasone.com/blog/independent-living-facilities-requirements-regulations/] that can help with this sort of things. Older people get

12 Nov 07 2 min read
Health & Medicine

Obesity in India

Health standards in India are going down. More people are obese these days. It is the offshoot of prosperity. It is happening in China as well. Worst still the obesity in women is significantly higher than in men! Take a look at this graph from Mint [http://www.livemint.com/

12 Oct 07 1 min read
Environment

Meat Eating Hurts Human AND Environment Health!

The modern world has a swagger.  A sense of over-confidence that we can do what we want and the negatives can be overcome through some scientific break-through.  Until now, that has been true.  But the tipping point may be approaching fast and furious.  Those who want to enjoy the abundance

13 Sep 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Men are from Mars and Women from venus

Everyone knows that men and women think differently.  But nowhere is the difference more apparent than in the attitudes on sex and courtship.Here [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Men_think_sex_girls_prefer_kiss/articleshow/2345396.cms] is an interesting study on kissing and what turns men and women: > Researchers

07 Sep 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

A Tragic Death at IIT Kanpur

I got this mail from a fellow-IRMAn.  It again shows the extreme lack of humanity in us Indians.  There are times when we feel bad – but then there are times when we feel utterly shameful of our identity.  This is one of that moment after I read through this mail.

01 Sep 07 4 min read
Health & Medicine

More Money -> Higher BP in India!

Economic prosperity brings many good things.. and many ills as well.  As India grows economically, lot of diseases also.  Now, 20% of adult Indian population (and that means a greater percentage of urban and/or rich Indians!) is suffering from High Blood pressure [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/10_crore_Indians_

22 Aug 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Tall men have the advantage!

Tall men fair better in terms of women and employment!  They are more likely to get a mate faster and are better paid.  I have noticed that taller men get easier promotions that the others.  Somehow height carries a subliminal message of authority – misplaced though.. but unmistakable.This survey [http:

13 Aug 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

How race affects disease manifestation

Does race matter?  It does matter in case of severity of disease and how nature affects people in different ways, says a study.  This study studied how the incidence and severity of breast cancer was linked to race differences.Here [http://www.physorg.com/news106199732.html] is the result: > Epidemiology

13 Aug 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Sex: Its all in your NOSE!

Hahaha.. so Pinnochhio’s nose had more to do than just show he was lying!! 🙂  And in the Ramayana legend – wonder what happened to Shurpanakha – whose nose was cut off?  Nose, scientists now say [http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Sex_gender_Its_all_in_the_nose/articleshow/2257770.cms] IS the

06 Aug 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Why do Identical twins differ from each other over the years?

Genes – which are the basic building blocks of living creatures – contain the code for our life.  But genes are the "hardware".  Epigenome are the software.  As Vish [http://vishk.wordpress.com/2007/07/31/wowed-by-epigenetics-the-software-of-the-genetic-world/] explains here beautifully: > In the genetics world, the genes are the “hardware” while the epigenome

01 Aug 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Yawning is for cooling your brain

This is a cool discovery.  Warm climate does make you sleepy and yawny doesnt it?  It now seems that if there could be a mechanism to cool your brain [http://www.physorg.com/news102788617.html].. you could eliminate yawning, for that is what yawning is for – cooling your brain.  Interesting

05 Jul 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Happy People are easy Believers..

People who are happy and in good mood are easy believers.  That maybe true.  People in India have a high rank on the happiness scale and we even create temples for the movie stars… and believe the same slogans from politicians year after year though we know no body means

16 May 07 1 min read
Education

Teach a kid Russian to Improve his Reading Skills

Learning to read and write Russian early in life helps one’s reading skills later in life too.  I KNEW IT!  No wonder my reading skills are so kick-ass better than the other ordinary mortals… although it took me until 6th grade to start the Russian lessons though!  😉 But what

16 May 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Move your eyes to improve Memory

Want to improve your memory?  Move your eyes side to side.  These guys have obviously never heard of Yoga Asana and Kriyas… have they? > You don’t need pills to boost your memory, for all that is needed is shifting your eyes from side to side for as little as

08 May 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Questions on Health and Heart

I got this from Richa, again!  It is a useful Q&A for every one…. Here was a chat, arranged by WIPRO for its employees, with Dr. Devi Shetty, Narayana Hrudayalaya (Heart Specialist) Bangalore . The transcript of the chat is given below. Useful for everyone. ———————————————————————— Qn: What are the five

07 May 07 5 min read
Health & Medicine

Asana with a Prop and Asana with a few Drops!

This one was sent to me by my friend Richa.. its hillarious!! This is what it takes to do this Yoga Asana:  Basically the words in red outline say – This version of the posture requires considerable strength in the neck, shoulders, and back requiring years of practice to achieve.  It

07 May 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

Green tea supplements damage your liver!

One of the problems with the new "healthy living" industry is that they create supplements out of everything!  It is now coming to light that anti-oxidants that work in tea, for example, do not work in supplements and pills!  Now, this researcher shows that drinking Green Tea in moderation is

07 May 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

How much Brain do you use?

Well that saying that we only use part of the brain…so how can this knowledge help.. probably in the Alzheimer’s treatment! Remember the old myth that people only use 10 percent of their brains? Although a new study confirmed that bromide to be apocryphal, it did find that

03 May 07 1 min read
Health & Medicine

New movement on the Alzheimer front…

There is some traction on Alzheimer front… promising? > A study, published by Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientists in the online edition of Nature, reports the successful restoration of memory in mice by administering medicine that mimics the memory-boosting effects of enriched environmental conditions. This class of drugs, the researchers say,

03 May 07 1 min read

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