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From oversleeping to snoring: Common sleep myths busted

How much sleep does one need? Is snoring harmless? Why do some people sleep more than others? These are some of the questions that are often asked of an expert. While you may think of sleep as a regular part of your daily life, it has a much greater impact on your health, experts say. But, according to Dr Nitin Rathi, Senior Consultant, Pulmonology, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, there are also many myths surrounding sleep. Here, he busts some. Myth 1: Adults can manage with less sleep Every person needs adequate sleep for a healthy life. Some adults may sleep for less than five hours, and still lead normal life. But, one should ideally sleep for at least 7 to 10 hours per day (health conditions may vary). A study says that around 30 per cent adults are taking less than...
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New mom Evelyn Sharma pens relatable post on cluster feeding: ‘Things no one warns you about’

New mother Evelyn Sharma has an honest take on what it means to have a baby, and especially when she is solely dependent on the mother for food. The actor, who recently welcomed daughter Ava, her first child, took to Instagram to share a selfie of herself breastfeeding the baby. While that in itself is praiseworthy — considering how breastfeeding and openly talking about it is stigmatised — Evelyn suggested in the caption that she has not been able to establish a routine for her little one. “When you thought you finally established a routine and then she starts #clusterfeeding!! ” the caption read. The actor also added hashtags like “#smileforthecamera” “#thingsnoonewarnsyouabout” and “#mummylife”. For the unversed, cluster feeding is when the baby requires short breastfeeds every fe...
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Uterus prolapse: Ensure good uterus health with these effective tips

Many women experience uterus prolapse, a condition in which the muscles and ligaments around the uterus weaken and sag out of position. Since the uterus separates bladder from the rectum, uterus prolapse can lead to several problems related to both the organs, like constipation, difficulty passing urine, and pain and heaviness in the lower abdomen, according to nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar. Diwekar, who regularly shares important information about health, fitness and nutrition, took to Instagram, to share about uterus prolapse, what puts you at risk and how to support your uterus. “For good uterus health — basics of uterus health, why does the uterus prolapse, importance of good posture; exercises for uterus health –cycling, squats, inversions, kegel; foods for uterus health — ragi and r...
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Effective home remedies to treat cold, flu (and things you must avoid)

Cold, cough, allergies and flu are the most common winter ailments. The treatment usually involves over-the-counter medicines such as antihistamines, or certain home remedies such as a saltwater gargle, herbal tea, hot soup, and steam baths. A huge reason soup is considered good for colds is that most are rich in vitamins, nutrient-rich veggies, and make for a light meal. “A bowl of hot soup is the best thing to soothe your soul and make you feel better instantly. It also helps to ease your symptoms faster. Our appetite might be lacking when we’re suffering from a sore throat, but it’s important to stay nourished. Soup is often the go-to food because it can be nourishing, restorative, easy to digest, and interestingly ‘light’ in both consistency and colour so as not to tax the system ex...
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Do women need more sleep than men? An expert answers

Sleep plays a vital role in maintaining mental, physical, and emotional health. But with lockdowns imposed and offices shut yet again, people continue to work from home, a model that not only blurs the lines between office and home, but also leads to increased exposure to screens. This, coupled with pandemic-induced anxiety, and lack of physical activity not only takes a toll on one’s health, but also contributes to poor sleep quality. But it is women, especially working mothers, who are worst affected — as women need more sleep than men, say experts. A 2014 study, Exploring Sex and Gender Differences in Sleep Health: A Society for Women’s Health Research Report, published on the National Library of Medicine, found that the optimal sleep hours vary in men and women. It also stated that ...
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Bella Hadid defends ‘crying selfies’: ‘I wasn’t able to post nice pretty pictures anymore’

The pandemic has left many people with severe anxiety issues, and some celebrities are talking about it on social media, normalising feeling vulnerable and accepting that there will be ups and downs in life, the graph will change, and we need to simply embrace the challenges. Among them is model Bella Hadid. In November 2021, the 25-year-old had shared a series of crying selfies, looking visibly distraught. She quoted singer Willow Smith in the caption and wrote: “All humans are different, every single human has something so special and unique to offer. And people forget that everyone is basically feeling the same way: lost, confused, not really sure why they’re here. That anxiety, like, everyone is feeling that — and trying to cover it up in some way…” Bella also thanked Willow, sayin...
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Pristine coral reef unblemished by warming oceans found off Tahiti – Times of India

PARIS: Scientists have discovered a pristine, 3-km (1.8-mile) long reef of giant rose-shaped corals off the coast of Tahiti, in waters thought to be deep enough to protect it from the bleaching effects of the warming ocean. The reef, which lies at depths of more than 30 metres (100 feet), probably took around 25 years to grow. Some of the rose-shaped corals measure more than 2 metres in diameter. "It was magical to witness giant, beautiful rose corals which stretch for as far as the eye can see. It was like a work of art," said French photographer Alexis Rosenfeld, who led the team of international divers that made the discovery. Most of the world's known coral reefs are in warmer waters at depths of up to 25 metres, UNESCO said. The reef off Tahiti lies in the "twilight zone" 30 to ...
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This diet can help keep the kidneys healthy; find out what a new study says

What we eat has a direct impact on our body and overall health. Which is why, experts always suggest to refrain from excessive amounts of alcohol and soda which can damage the kidneys. But, according to a new study, following one particular type of diet can work wonders. Published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, or the official journal of ESPEN (The European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism), the study said that Mediterranean diet, which involves plenty of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), could help preserve the kidneys, especially in people who also have heart issues. The study examined a group of more than 1,000 coronary heart disease patients (specifically those who have suffered a coronary event six months ago or more). Researchers assigned half of these participants ...
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ICMR approves new RT-PCR kit that detects Omicron variant in 45 minutes; know more

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved a new Chennai-developed RT-PCR kit that can detect and differentiate the Omicron variant from other variants, including Delta, in just 45 minutes. Instead of waiting for genome sequencing analysis to know which type of variant one may be infected with, the KRIVIDA Novus RT-PCR kit detects SARS-CoV-2 using five different gene targets with a variant-specific S gene probe for Omicron. The kit has been developed in collaboration with ImmuGenix Bioscience. Dr Naveen Kumar Venkatesan, principal inventor of the kit, chief scientist, founder and director, ImmuGenix Biosciences said in a press statement, “Currently, patients who test positive for Covid-19 have to undergo genome sequencing to know the variant they have been infected with...
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Eleven nutrients you will need in 2022 to keep yourself strong and healthy

With the surge in cases of the Omicron variant, the focus has once again shifted on health, with a renewed enthusiasm in 2022. If you want to boost your immunity, know that your diet and overall lifestyle plays a huge role. Dr Irfan Shaikh, head-adult nutrition, scientific and medical affairs, Abbott’s Nutrition, says one’s New Year resolutions should include “powerful nutrients”. “They’re proven to support overall health — including immunity and brain development, muscle mass and strength, bone health and more,” he says. The doctor lists the following 11 must-haves for health; read on. 1. Protein: Provides the building blocks for each and every cell in the body like muscles, bones, hormones, antibodies, etc. Consuming 0.8 to 1g/kg body weight of high-quality protein per day helps buil...
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Omicron may cut future severity of Coronavirus, study shows

A strong wave of coronavirus infections driven by the omicron variant could hasten the end of pandemic disruptions as it appears to cause less severe illness and provides protection against the delta variant, South Africa-based researchers said.A laboratory study that used samples from 23 people infected with the omicron variant in November and December found that while those who previously caught the delta variant could contract omicron, those who get the omicron strain couldn’t be infected with delta, particularly if they have been vaccinated, the researchers said. Results among the unvaccinated were unclear, as was whether they had been previously infected. While omicron is significantly more infectious than delta, hospital and mortality data in countries including South Africa — th...
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How many times can one get reinfected with Covid-19?

Of late, many cases of individuals being re-infected with Covid-19 have been reported, prompting health authorities to once again stress on the need to continue taking precautionary measures. As such, fresh guidelines to curb the spread of Covid-19 and its variants including Omicron have also been issued. In light of the same, its essential to understand why reinfection after recovery — and in some cases double vaccination — is still happening, and what can be done. What is Covid-19 reinfection? According to US’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reinfection is when a person gets infected once, recovers, and then gets infected again. According to experts, based on what is known from similar viruses, some reinfections are expected. Ongoing Covid-19 studies will help us un...
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Masaba Gupta shares health benefits of jujube fruit; here’s why you should eat it, too

Healthy eating has become the need of the hour, and people often look up to celebrities to learn and understand what they do to stay fit. Recently, fashion designer Masaba Gupta took to Instagram to share a health tip. While it is understood that winter is when many different seasonal fruits and vegetables are grown, sometimes people do not know of the variety of winter produce and stick to the same type of food. It is important to learn of the availability of unique winter fruits and veggies in the market. Among them is the jujube fruit, which Masaba made a case for on social media. She shared in her Instagram story a picture of the pear-shaped fruit that she held in her hand, writing that it is called “bur” in Hindi and is also referred to as “Chinese date”. “Call it what you want — ...
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How to look after your mental health if you’re at home with Covid-19

For many of us, catching COVID and isolating at home can be a lonely, scary and distressing experience. For those with a pre-existing mental illness, it can be even more difficult. The following strategies are designed to help you look after your mental health if you get COVID and are isolating at home. Remember the basics When living in a time of great uncertainty and threat, it can be difficult to remember and practice simple strategies to maximise wellness.If you’re isolating at home with COVID, it’s important to:— manage fever and other symptoms like aches, pains and sore throat with paracetamol or ibuprofen. — maintain a healthy diet — keep your fluid intake up, particularly if you have a fever — stop exercise for at least 10 days, and depending on the severity of your symptoms, r...