Monday, Aug 14, 2023


The world over neuroscientists are studying the effect of yoga practices on mental and emotional states of happiness and positivity with increased energy.

These simple yoga practices can prep you for surgery and heal you faster after it

August 12, 2023 15:44 IST

Irrespective of whether the surgery is of the heart, brain, stomach, injury or joints, Pawanmuktasana series 1, breathing practices and yoga nidra can help boost positivity of the mind and energy, says yoga expert Kamini Bobde


How and when to have proteins to build muscle: Can plant proteins work?

August 13, 2023 14:57 IST

Consuming protein close to training may offer minor benefits in maximising muscle protein synthesis. Despite prevalent myths, a balanced approach to protein intake, supported by current scientific understanding, can effectively support muscle-building goals, says functional medicine expert and celebrity counsellor Vijay Thakkar

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Finally, a pill for postpartum depression: What it means for new mothers

August 11, 2023 16:49 IST

US FDA approves pill but no one treatment strategy is a magical game-changer. However, policies which decrease stigma, train doctors and health professionals to recognise depression early and enable access to cheaper existing treatments are more likely to decrease the morbidity and mortality due to PPD, says Dr Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi


Semaglutide can protect you from the risk of heart attack too, says study

August 11, 2023 12:00 IST

Clinical trial showed diabetes and weight loss drug reduced major heart events by 20 per cent. This is an incremental benefit over and above controlling weight and diabetes, say experts

heart health

You are 55, your heart looks like 65. Can an ECG be used to reverse heart health?

August 11, 2023 16:42 IST

An individual’s ‘heart age’ derived from an ECG can provide valuable insights into their overall health status beyond their chronological age. This way lifestyle modifications can become a key strategy in preventive healthcare, says Dr Varun Bansal, Consultant, Cardiology and Cardio Thoracic surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi


Are Vitamin D deficiency, stress and unknown food allergies causing your irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

August 10, 2023 16:30 IST

Do not pop drugs like Pantocid, which are proton pump inhibitors and stop acid secretion in the stomach. The digestive process needs stomach acids for metabolization and nutrient absorption. Other than giving symptomatic relief for gas, it will not take care of a trigger like food intolerance, says Dr Rommel Tickoo, Director, Internal Medicine, Max Superspeciality Hospital, Saket, Delhi

walking benefits

Walking 4,000 steps daily is the new wonder drug: Study shows you can reduce risk of dying from all causes

August 10, 2023 15:33 IST

This study establishes the fact that the first move you make from zero activity to level 1 has the maximum benefit and that it is doable. It shows how physical activity can and should be prescribed as a daily pill, say cardiologists and fitness experts


Can sugar in fruits trigger weight gain? A new study uncovers how fruit sugar spurs calories & fat storage

August 10, 2023 17:34 IST

Unlike glucose, which is metabolised throughout the body, fructose is primarily metabolised in the liver. Excessive fructose intake can overwhelm the liver’s capacity to process it, leading to the conversion of fructose into fat molecules, which are then stored in the liver as well as in the adipose tissue, says Dr Subhash Kumar Wangnoo, Senior Consultant Endocrinologist and Diabetologist, Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

It has been detected in 39 countries and 38 US states

New Covid variant ERIS detected in India: Know the symptoms and risk factors of the new variant that’s spreading across the globe

August 9, 2023 22:41 IST

Since its first detection in the country, two months have passed without a significant surge in cases during June and July, suggesting that this sub-variant has not been able to make a noticeable impact in India. However, it is important that we remain vigilant, says Dr Rajesh Karyakarte, Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, B J Government Medical College, Pune

Detoxification is a continuous process. (Source: Getty Images/ Thinkstock)

Can a detox diet with liquids work after binge-eating?

August 9, 2023 15:31 IST

Junk the cleansing juices and powders because they don’t do anything extra. Your body is equipped to detoxify itself with the liver, kidney, lungs and intestines constantly on the job. Just support your liver and kidney health, says Niyati Naik, Clinical Dietician, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, Mumbai


Can insulin pumps control blood sugar better minus the pricks?

August 9, 2023 15:15 IST

While costs and stigma are hurdles, these devices reduce the number of pricks, can adjust insulin for different time periods of day and night, exercise, sickness, menstruation, exams and different day to day situations. Use of insulin pumps reduces episodes of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) and improves overall control (HbA1c), says Dr Ambrish Mithal, Chairman of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Max Healthcare


Good nutrition reduces TB incidence, curbs mortality, says new Lancet study

August 9, 2023 13:37 IST

New evidence from Reducing Activation of Tuberculosis by Improvement of Nutritional Status (RATIONS) trial shows that improved nutrition among contacts of patients with infectious lung TB can reduce the incidence of all forms of TB by 40 per cent and of infectious TB by nearly 50 per cent. Significantly, it also found that early weight gain in underweight patients with TB can reduce their risk of mortality by 60 per cent


Beat belly fat with these easy Kegel exercises

August 9, 2023 05:40 IST

Pelvic exercises can help protect and strengthen the muscles under the uterus, bladder and bowel (large intestine). A pelvic floor muscle training exercise is actually quite simple. It is like pretending that you have to urinate and then holding it. If performed properly, with relaxed upper abdominal and typical lower abdominal co-contraction, pelvic floor exercises will aid in achieving flatter abs and getting rid of that belly pouch, says holistic health expert Dr Mickey Mehta

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Pepperfry co-founder Ambareesh Murthy dies in Leh: What triggers cardiac arrest at high altitude?

August 8, 2023 21:47 IST

Post-40s, most Indians seldom do a heart test to understand what condition it is in and whether it can adapt to unaccustomed physical activity or stress of any kind. An analysis of underlying heart conditions is very necessary before you attempt something that your body is not used to, say top cardiologists

heart transplant

With a donor heart, 23-year-old won bronze medal at a global sports event

August 13, 2023 14:51 IST

Beyond a win at the World Transplant Games, 29-year-old Rahul now counsels and encourages donor families and organ recipients. ‘Once the transplant is done, a patient has to wait six months indoors to avoid organ rejection and infection. Then they can resume their normal lives, return to their colleges or jobs as the case may be,’ says Dr Sandeep Seth, Professor of Cardiology, AIIMS, Delhi


Are rising air pollution and PM 2.5 directly linked to antibiotic resistance? Yes, says Lancet study

August 8, 2023 09:00 IST

PM 2.5 carries abundant antibiotic resistance-determinant genes. These levels are higher than what is found in sediments, soil, rivers and some engineering treatment systems. Humans could be directly exposed to antibiotic-resistant elements while inhaling air pollutants. The daily intake of antibiotic-resistant genes through inhalation exceeds what you would through drinking water

Actor Vijay Raghavendra along with his wife Spandana. (Express photo)

Kannada actor’s wife Spandana, 44, dies of heart attack: What are unknown triggers and risk factors for women over 45?

August 8, 2023 10:19 IST

Middle-aged women are more vulnerable because of stress, coronary artery dissection, severe dehydration and undefined cardiomyopathy, says Dr Sunil Dwivedi, Consultant, Cardiology, Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru  

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Bipasha Basu’s baby had a hole in the heart: What causes congenital heart defects? Do parents need to worry?

August 7, 2023 18:28 IST

‘This heart condition is quite common among Indian children. Early diagnosis and corrective surgery mean the child can grow up to be as healthy as any regular kid. An early surgery can help avoid complications and growth deficiencies later in life,’ says Dr Nishith Chandra


A diet to prevent insulin resistance: Choose cinnamon, berries, wholegrain and fish

August 9, 2023 05:40 IST

As research in this field continues to evolve, new insights may emerge, leading to more effective dietary strategies for managing insulin resistance. Nevertheless, incorporating these foods into your diet can be a significant step towards better metabolic health and overall well-being, says Dr Priyanka Rohatgi, Chief Nutritionist, Apollo Hospitals

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Now, your X-rays can help you diagnose diabetes early

August 6, 2023 10:33 IST

US researchers develop AI model to use data from X-rays taken during other health conditions for fat analysis and preventive healthcare

Without a healthy, fully functioning digestive system, there cannot be energy, vitality and dynamism, all of which are necessary to meet the demands of today’s frenetic world.

Here are simple yoga asanas to improve digestion and strengthen your gut health

August 5, 2023 14:17 IST

Vajrasana is the only asana which can be done even after a meal. In fact, it is recommended for improving digestion or overcoming an infection, gastroenteritis and so on. Besides strengthening your digestive system, it is also beneficial for spine-related problems, says yoga expert Kamini Bobde


The miracle baby story: Born after 10 IVF cycles, his mother never gave up despite her pain and lows

August 5, 2023 12:51 IST

Nilamben didn’t know she had underlying TB that blocked conception. It took 17 years of pain and missed chances for her to become pregnant. ‘Medical literature everywhere indicates there are no significant side effects up to 10 IVF cycles unless someone is allergic, or has an adverse response to a drug,” says infertility expert Dr Nayana Patel

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Why breast milk feeding is better than formula for working women

August 4, 2023 10:59 IST

It is crucial that mothers don’t disregard the importance that breast milk holds, especially in the first six months to a year of the baby’s life when he/she will be teething, taking in semi-solids and developing motor skills, says Dr Umesh Vaidya, consultant, neonatology and NICU in- charge, Department of Paediatrics, KEM Hospital, Pune

organ donation

Only 10 per cent of patients needing an organ get it: We need more deceased donors

August 3, 2023 14:23 IST

We need to encourage brain stem death declarations in hospitals. Efforts are being made so that organs can be transported seamlessly through air, rail, metro rail and so on. It will be worth its while to explore organ transport via drones going forward, says Dr Sumana Arora, Senior Consultant, NITI Aayog


Dengue cases on rise: What’s the Denv-2 strain all about? Why hydration is the key to managing the infection

August 3, 2023 12:42 IST

Since dengue can be controlled with adequate hydration, early diagnosis is necessary. Take the antigen, antibody, CBC and LFT tests. Rush to the hospital if your platelet levels have fallen to 50,000 with bleeding and low blood pressure for prompt management of parameters, says Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi