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Raw milk may lead to food-borne illness: Study
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Raw milk may lead to food-borne illness: Study

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2020 11:20:45 pm History of milk as part of a formal feeding scheme in schools can be traced back to as early as 1920s in the UK and 1940s in the US. (Source: Getty Images) Cow milk is considered among the most healthy drinks and many drink it cold and raw as a habit. However, a study has found that drinking raw milk can lead to multiple illnesses as well as food-borne disease. It may also be a source of bacterial infection in the body, says the findings. The research was done at the University of California, Davis, examined more than 2000 milk samples from different parts of ...
Cuddle curtains, hug gloves, hug tunnels: Safe embraces go global amid Covid-19 pandemic
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Cuddle curtains, hug gloves, hug tunnels: Safe embraces go global amid Covid-19 pandemic

With social distancing being the new norm in times of coronavirus, people all around the world are craving human touch. With some extremely tragic cases where people have passed away, alone in hospital beds with not a single loved one by their side. And although we may have become accustomed to keeping in touch with our loved ones over virtual calls, the lack of human contact is finally taking a toll on many. However, a Belgian retirement home has come up with an interesting way to soothe the pain of social distancing measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic for their residents, by letting them embrace their loved ones through a ‘hug curtain’.The staff at the Jardins de Picardie nursing home installed a large plastic curtain on June 14 and it has proven very popular with...
Pay attention to mental health, suicide prevention: WHO asks South-East Asia Region countries amid Covid-19
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Pay attention to mental health, suicide prevention: WHO asks South-East Asia Region countries amid Covid-19

With the coronavirus pandemic still accelerating, impacting lives and livelihoods and causing fear and anxiety among people, the World Health Organization on Thursday called upon countries in the South-East Asia Region to pay a greater attention to mental health and suicide prevention. Stigma related to COVID-19 infection may also lead to feeling of isolation and depression, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia Region, said.  She said another precipitating factor impacting the mental health amid COVID-19 could be domestic violence, which is reported to have increased during the lockdowns imposed by almost all countries in the region to slow the spread of the virus.  “Hitting lives and livelihoods, the pandemic is causing fear, anxiety, depr...
Covid-19 highlights need to protect domestic abuse victims, help get their lives on track
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Covid-19 highlights need to protect domestic abuse victims, help get their lives on track

The global surge in domestic violence during coronavirus lockdowns highlights the need for companies to do more to protect victims and help them get their lives back on track, experts on the issue said on Thursday. Companies should offer women facing domestic abuse flexible working, extra leave so they can move home and sort out childcare, and consider relocating them to new jobs away from their abusers to keep them safe, they said in a report.It is crucial that victims of domestic abuse do not lose their jobs as this could leave them trapped in violent situations, added Chiara Condi, founder of Led By HER, an organisation helping victims rebuild their careers.The report published on Thursday compares laws and policies in six countries - Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Fr...
Kickstart your day with this ashwagandha tea
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Kickstart your day with this ashwagandha tea

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 3, 2020 9:10:08 am Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb (Image Source: Getty) Ashwagandha is an ancient herbal product used for medical purposes. Now with the pandemic, these rarely used herbal ingredients have come in the limelight for all the right reasons and with a massive push by marketing giants selling it as an immunity booster. There is no doubt that Ashwagandha is filled with properties that can deal with seasonal flu, enhance immunity, improve overall wellbeing both mental and physical and heal the body. However, this herbal medicinal can be consumed throughout the year even...
Here’s how to maintain a loving relationship through the coronavirus lockdown
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Here’s how to maintain a loving relationship through the coronavirus lockdown

Navigating relationships can seem complicated as you are dealing with a person just as complex and unique as you are. Love, however, is universal. No matter who you are or where you come from, we all understand what it is to love and be loved in return. Like all good things in life, love and relationships require that extra bit of effort. With these simple gestures you can show just how much your partner means to you no matter how long you have been together. Relationship expert and bestselling author of Couples in Sync”, Shailesh Kumar says “Don’t live by default, live by design”. All relationships require give and take; and you can design yours according to you and your partner’s needs. It require deliberation to maintain a happy relationship. With the lockdown, everyon...
Morning exercise key to good night’s sleep after heart bypass surgery
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Morning exercise key to good night’s sleep after heart bypass surgery

If you are having trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery, morning walks are the solution, according to recent research. The research was presented on ACNAP Essentials 4 You, a scientific platform of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).“Many patients have trouble sleeping after heart bypass surgery,” said study author Dr. Hady Atef of Cairo University, Egypt. “When this persists beyond six months it exacerbates the heart condition and puts patients at risk of having to repeat the surgery. It is therefore of utmost importance to find ways to improve sleep after bypass surgery.”Previous studies examining the effect of exercise on sleep after heart bypass surgery have failed to simultaneously assess the impact on functional capacity (the ability to do usual activitie...
Here’s how prenatal cannabis use has long-term impact on children’s sleep cycle
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Here’s how prenatal cannabis use has long-term impact on children’s sleep cycle

Using marijuana during pregnancy can cause sleep problems among children as much as a decade later, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study of nearly 12,000 youth.The study was published in Sleep Health: The Journal of The National Sleep Foundation. It comes at a time when - while the number of pregnant women drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes has declined in the United States - It has risen to 7 per cent of all pregnant women as legalization spreads and more dispensaries recommend it for morning sickness.“As a society, it took us a while to understand that smoking and drinking alcohol are not advisable during pregnancy, but it is now seen as common sense. Studies like this suggest that it is prudent to extend that common-sense advice to cannabis, eve...
Botswana Elephant Deaths: Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants | World News – Times of India
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Botswana Elephant Deaths: Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants | World News – Times of India

GABORONE: Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, the head of the wildlife department said Thursday, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world's largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. "We have had a report of 356 dead elephants in the area north of the Okavango Delta and we have confirmed 275 so far," Cyril Taolo, the acting director of the department of Wildlife and National Parks, told AFP in a text message. He said the cause of the deaths was yet to be established with anthrax having been ruled out. "We do not suspect poaching since (the) animals were found with tusks," he said. Samples have been collected and sent to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada for tes...
What is heart failure and can it be cured?
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What is heart failure and can it be cured?

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2020 7:10:16 pm There are various lifestyle conditions which may increase the risk of developing heart failures, such as diabetes and heart attack. (Photo: Getty) A report by NCBI (The National Centre for Biotechnology Information) states that heart failure affects 26 million people worldwide. Not only that but it is estimated that it will increase by 46 per cent in the coming decade. With its prevalence increasing more than ever along with high health expenditure and an ageing population, heart failure is not only a severe problem but can also become an economic burden. Dr K...
Mumbai, Delhi among top cities seeking online consultations for mental health, report finds
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Mumbai, Delhi among top cities seeking online consultations for mental health, report finds

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2020 6:20:40 pm The study states that there has been over 180 per cent rise in online patient consultations around mental health conditions. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock) Amid the ongoing pandemic, many people have struggled with mental health issues. Across the world, it has been reported widely that there has been a mental health crisis in a span of a few months, what with people having to stay locked up in their homes, anxious about the ongoing health crisis. Now, a recent study has revealed that Indians, in particular, are grappling with multiple forms of mental health issues...
Sedentary lifestyle associated with higher risk of death from cancer: Study
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Sedentary lifestyle associated with higher risk of death from cancer: Study

Published: July 2, 2020 4:40:40 pm Replacing sedentary time with light or moderate or vigorous physical activity was associated with reduced cancer mortality risk. (Image: Pixabay) There is no denying that working out regularly helps one lead a healthy life. However, a sedentary lifestyle and long working hours often lead to unwanted weight gain and other ailments. A new study by scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which drew on the data of 8,002 adults aged 45 years and older, has emphasised on the risks that a sedentary lifestyle comes with. The study said that people who spend more tim...
Watch: Deepika Padukone shares heartwarming film on mental health
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Watch: Deepika Padukone shares heartwarming film on mental health

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 2, 2020 3:00:17 pm Deepika Padukone has always openly spoken about her battle with depression. (Source: deepikapadukone/Instagram) Deepika Padukone has been an advocate for mental health issues, often speaking about her personal struggles as well. The Chhapaak actor, who was diagnosed with depression, recently posted a short film on mental health on social media. The film is part of the awareness drive Dobara Poocho (Ask Again) by her organisation Live Love Laugh foundation that works around mental health, to urge people to continue to check on a person if...
Dry fasting might just be the answer to your health woes
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Dry fasting might just be the answer to your health woes

In times like these, one often finds himself/herself looking for ways to make a change in their lifestyle. This is where holistic lifestyle coach and health expert Luke Coutinho’s book comes in. The book which he has co-authored with Sheikh Abdul Aziz Nuaimi explains the concept of dry fasting, considered to be the most superior form of fasting.“His Highness and I have been friends for a while,” says Coutinho, who first met him when he was treating his mother who was diagnosed with cancer. “Since then, we got interacting about health and dry fasting, its relevance from a spiritual point of view, and all of us used to practice fasting including his mother. This is how we decided to put together a book about Dry Fasting – a concept that exists, that the world must know and ...
#DobaraPoocho: Deepika Padukone launches powerful mental health awareness campaign
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#DobaraPoocho: Deepika Padukone launches powerful mental health awareness campaign

Deepika Padukone has always been a strong advocate of mental health awareness, and has done extensive work towards the same with The Live Love Laugh foundation, the mental health organisation she has founded. The 34-year-old actor has now launched a powerful campaign: #DobaraPoocho, urging people to pay more attention to their loved ones, and constantly keep in touch with them, asking about their struggles and mental health issues.The Padmaavat actor took to her instagram account and posted a short video that delivers the message of how one should care more for their loved ones and constantly check up on them. The video captioned, “Now more than ever we need to be sensitive and support the emotional needs of those around us...”, follows four stories of friends, brothers, a...
Post-natal depression has increased during the ongoing pandemic, says study
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Post-natal depression has increased during the ongoing pandemic, says study

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2020 9:40:19 pm The ongoing pandemic has had an adverse effect on mental health. (Source: Getty Images) Mental health has been a serious concern during the ongoing pandemic and new research suggests that postnatal depression has increased by three times. The study, conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada and quoted in a report by The Independent, reveals that there has been a staggering 41 per cent increase from 15 per cent in women suffering from maternal depression. The report also states that there has also been a rise from 29 per cent to 72...
Muscle mass may help maintain a strong immune system: Study
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Muscle mass may help maintain a strong immune system: Study

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2020 8:00:28 pm The study focused on skeletal muscle, but cachexia also causes fat tissue to waste away. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock) Immunity is the buzzword these days, especially after the coronavirus outbreak. A new study has put the emphasis on strong muscle mass for a better immune system. It revealed that strong skeletal muscles can play an important role in maintaining an effective immune system. Accumulated muscles and fat can slowly lead to severe chronic illness and weaken the immune system, it noted. The research, which scientists at the German Cancer Research Center...
Doctor’s Day: ‘Often, patients may not want to pay for tele-consultation’
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Doctor’s Day: ‘Often, patients may not want to pay for tele-consultation’

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2020 2:10:10 pm ‘The biggest impediment is the lack of technical knowledge among those who seek consultation.’ (Source: Getty/Thinkstock) The ongoing pandemic has made one thing glaringly evident — that when it comes to doctors, there is not one day that they are not on duty. The pandemic has brought about many changes, one of them being the fact that instead of walking up to a hospital, patients are now being encouraged to seek an appointment with their doctors virtually. Pregnant women, people with lifestyle disorders, and even those who have tested positive for COVID-19 and...
Try these 3 things if you are getting swept away by coronavirus panic
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Try these 3 things if you are getting swept away by coronavirus panic

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: July 1, 2020 1:20:52 pm Is it time to hit the reset button and start living greater than ever before. (Source: Getty Images/Thinkstock) The whole world is currently undergoing a shared experience, living through the coronavirus pandemic. Even as things start to open up, fear and anxiety threaten to disrupt our mental wellbeing. However, we create our own reality and what we focus on assumes larger proportions. If you tap into the panic, you are likely to create more panic. Instead, how about riding the wave of uncertainty and thrive during these tumultuous times? Stuck on where to sta...
Scared and betrayed: Thousands stranded, families separated after Donald Trump’s H-1B visa decree
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Scared and betrayed: Thousands stranded, families separated after Donald Trump’s H-1B visa decree

Natasha Bhat learned in late February that her father-in-law had suddenly died. Bhat, 35, recently recalled how she grabbed a backpack and hustled her U.S.-born 4-year-old son to the San Francisco airport to catch a midnight flight to India, her home country. She didn’t anticipate being stuck there indefinitely. Bhat works at a tech company in Silicon Valley on an H-1B visa, and her documents were due for renewal. So she threw them in the bag, knowing she’d have to get the chore taken care of before flying back to the U.S. in a few weeks. But she said her mid-March appointment at the U.S. consulate in Kolkata was cancelled when it shut down due to Covid-19 concerns. Her return home was delayed further when President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week barring ...