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Autism: Debunking some common myths
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Autism: Debunking some common myths

“After years of working with children on the spectrum, one fact has become clear as day: if you’ve met a person with autism, you’ve met only one individual with autism. The constellation of common characteristics in autistic persons can be starkly different. This is to say that with so many unique individuals, the autism community is more diverse than you can imagine,” said Dr Stephen Shore, co-founder, Learn Autism. He added that this fact, along with many others about autism, is lesser-known in India and in many parts of the world. Therefore, the need for building awareness and bolstering inclusion is imperative. “In the spirit of Autism Awareness Month observed every April, here’s looking at some of the common myths about autism, and gaining the right knowledge to move p...
World Hemophilia Day 2021: Here’s everything you need to know about this rare disorder
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World Hemophilia Day 2021: Here’s everything you need to know about this rare disorder

Every year, April 17 is observed as World Hemophilia Day. Hemophilia is a rare disorder of the blood, in which it doesn’t clot normally because it lacks sufficient blood-clotting proteins. According to the World Federation of Hemophilia, “World Hemophilia Day is about bringing the global bleeding disorders community together. And with the “COVID-19 pandemic having a major impact on people with a bleeding disorder, that objective has never been more important”. This year’s theme is ‘Adapting to Change’. Dr Samir Shah, consultant, Dept of Haematology, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai says that hemophilia is caused by deficiency of factor VIII called Hemophilia A or factor IX called Hemophilia B; the gene for which is carried on the X chromosome making males suscept...
‘Flow diverter mechanism finding favour in tackling brain aneurysms’
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‘Flow diverter mechanism finding favour in tackling brain aneurysms’

While treatment of brain aneurysms has seen significant reduction in mortality rate owing to the coiling method that sees a catheter pushed towards the brain from the groin to remove the blockage, for larger aneurysms, a flow diverter stent is a better option, according to Dr Kalpesh Shah at Zydus Hospital in Ahmedabad. Speaking at a virtual session on Friday, Dr Shah said, “The most common disease that a person can suffer in the brain is aneurysm. The aneurysm is also of different types and it can end up by taking a person’s life if not treated at proper time. Basically, an aneurysm is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel in our brain. Now this balloon gets bigger and bigger, it will either blast out, leak or get ruptured causing bleeding and swelling in our brain which...
‘Breastfeeding is painful, been really hard for me’: Hilary Duff
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‘Breastfeeding is painful, been really hard for me’: Hilary Duff

Actor Hilary Duff, in an hour-long podcast with Dr Elliot Berlin on Informed Pregnancy, discussed her various struggles with postpartum, giving birth and also labour. Not only that, the 33-year-old also opened up about her struggles with breastfeeding, something she has previously talked about. On March 24, Hilary gave birth to her third child — Mae James — with husband Matthew Koma. They already have two kids, Luca Cruz (9), and Banks Violet (2). Sharing how breastfeeding has always been “really hard” for her, she said: “Just still painful and it’s hard, and it’s even harder having the other two that I know need me so much, and this takes up such a huge portion of the day. It seems like every 20 minutes I’m feeding the baby, and I have to be sitting in one place.” She a...
COVID-19 services: Find out how you can avail them at home
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COVID-19 services: Find out how you can avail them at home

Amid the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases within the country, and the general fear among people to visit the hospital, many hospitals are continuing with their healthcare-at-home services, for patients who have tested positive, but are presenting mild symptoms only. Last year, indianexpress.com had reported that if a person tests Covid positive but their symptoms are manageable, instead of booking a bed in a hospital — which may be populated — they can avail services from the comfort of their house. These have come to be recognised as home-care services. Fortis Healthcare shares with indianexpress.com that there are home isolation services available with adequate medical attention. It is for mild and asymptomatic COVID-19 patients. Supported by doctors, nurses, psychol...
Navratri 2021: Simple meal ideas and fasting tips
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Navratri 2021: Simple meal ideas and fasting tips

Fasting is considered to be a good way to detox the body. And with Navratri ongoing at the moment, many people observe a fast for nine days. If you too are fasting this Chaitra Navratri, that will continue till April 22, you may want to look at these essential tips to make your fasts healthy and sustainable. Here’s what nutritionist Shivika Gandhi had to say about fasting during Navratri. “Foods allowed for Navratri fasting are healthy if incorporated wisely,” she wrote on Instagram. What should your main meals be like? *Make use of flour from grains like buckwheat/amaranth/singhara to make rotis or cheelas that can be combined with vegetables/curd. *Sabudana/samak can be used to make a vegetable upma/pulao/khichdi that can be consumed with curd. To make it more nutriti...
Dry mouth and covid tongue: Coronavirus symptoms you must not ignore
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Dry mouth and covid tongue: Coronavirus symptoms you must not ignore

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause unprecedented damage to lives across the world, scientists are still learning about the various symptoms of the viral infection. Of late, there have been cases where patients have experienced newer symptoms after being infected with the coronavirus. The latest report by the National Institute of Health mentions that about half of the patients have these symptoms. One of them is dry mouth, also known as Xerostomia, which could be the initial presentation of COVID 19. Patients may develop this condition even a few days ahead of fever, sore throat, or other known or associated symptoms. “In a dry mouth, the body is unable to produce saliva which protects the mouth from bad bacteria, other pathogens and aids the process of digestion. ...
From improving digestion to immunity: Here’s why you should have homemade achaar or pickle this season
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From improving digestion to immunity: Here’s why you should have homemade achaar or pickle this season

Experts regularly highlight the importance of consuming homemade food. But it is not only homemade dishes; even homemade pickles or achaar are beneficial as they are gut-friendly and perfect to beat the summer heat. Taking to Instagram, celebrity nutritionist Munmun Ganeriwal suggested why “homemade pickles are as good as prized heirlooms that must be treasured”. “The ‘live bacteria-rich’ pickle our daadi/naani (garndmothers) makes are through the process of ‘lacto-fermentation’, a method that is gaining popularity worldwide. The salt she adds, aids in controlling the fermentation process, the oil acts as natural preservative and the methi/jeera/dhania (fenugreek/cumin/coriander seeds) have anti–microbial properties that also enhances the taste,” she said in an Instagram po...
Covid-19 vaccine: Five healthy foods you can eat before and after you get the jab
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Covid-19 vaccine: Five healthy foods you can eat before and after you get the jab

A lot of people have got the Covid-19 vaccine. However, there are a lot of questions regarding the same — the effectiveness of the jab, side-effects and also what should one eat before and after you get the shot. To help you with some answers, Dr Uma Naidoo, Harvard Nutritional Psychiatrist, recently took to Instagram and said: “It is so important to take into account your diet around when you get the vaccine to reduce any side effects you may get.” She then went on to suggest some foods that one can consume before and after getting the vaccine. Check them out below. Green vegetables This one had to be on the list. She said that vegetables like spinach, kale, and broccoli are super high in antioxidants, “which fight inflammation that would otherwise cause negative side eff...
Navratri 2021: Lose weight while you fast with these five easy tips
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Navratri 2021: Lose weight while you fast with these five easy tips

For many, Navratri fasting is the ideal way to detox. Observing a fast not only enhances the digestive capacity of one’s body but also ensures that the harmful toxins are flushed. However, one needs to keep in mind that fasting, if not done the right way, can have negative repercussions on our body and disturb the balance. So, here is a short guide by Anshu Arora, creator of Trell, on the best way to fast during Navratri that not only benefits the body but also helps shed a few kilos. Hydration to the rescue Water is the most effective way to fight hunger pangs while fasting. Drinking water also keeps you hydrated, and energetic all day long. “Instead of drinking plain water, include lemon water, coconut water or buttermilk in your diet plan,” she said. Consume seasonal fr...
Is the second wave of COVID affecting more children? Find out here
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Is the second wave of COVID affecting more children? Find out here

The COVID pandemic has been extremely tough for children who have been forced to cope up with unprecedented changes, be it online education in confined places or restricted exposure to friends and family. But the new strain has made it even tougher as it is reportedly also affecting children. As such, what precautionary measures can one take and what is the level of severity among children? Dr Gitali Bhagawati, consultant and head, department of microbiology and infection control, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital shares some insights. With time, the virus is mutating and different variants are breaking out. Also, COVID is not merely a respiratory disease; many infected people are experiencing a variety of symptoms and discomforts. COVID potentially affects the ...
Acidity troubling you? Here’s how Ayurveda can help
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Acidity troubling you? Here’s how Ayurveda can help

‘Prevention is better than cure’, hence it is always a good idea to take preventive measures that can help keep a disease or ailment at bay. While a healthy diet and regular exercise can help one maintain overall wellness, there are certain other simple lifestyle habits that can help in the long run. Today, we discuss how one can manage or treat acidity by keeping a few simple things in mind: How to prevent it? Avoid excessive spicy, sour, salty, fermented, fried, and fast food, said ayurvedic practitioner Dr Dixa Bhavsar. What do you need to keep in mind to avoid acidity? *Do not overeat. Try to stay away from sour fruits.*Do not remain hungry for long hours if that causes acidity. Don’t skip meals (never a lunch). Avoid untimely and irregular eating. Have early dinners.*A...
Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection, death: Study
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Physical inactivity linked to more severe COVID-19 infection, death: Study

A sedentary lifestyle is associated with more severe COVID-19 infection and an increased risk of dying from the viral disease, according to a large-scale study. Researchers, including those from the University of California San Diego, found that COVID-19 patients in the US who were consistently inactive during the two years preceding the pandemic were more likely to be admitted to hospital. Inactive patients were also more likely to require intensive care, and die compared to those who had consistently met physical activity guidelines, they said. The study, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, showed that physical inactivity was surpassed only by advanced age and a history of organ transplant as a risk factor for severe disease. “It is notable that being con...
Ramadan 2021: Some essential fasting tips
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Ramadan 2021: Some essential fasting tips

The Holy month of Ramadan has officially begun in India (from April 14) and will continue for 30 days — till May 13. During this period, devotees observe day-long fasts or roza that require them to avoid food and water. Hence, it is only natural to feel tired and hungry by the evening meal for Iftar. However, instead of straightaway opting for foods that might make you feel bloated, it is important to first replenish the lost liquids to prevent dehydration. “The first meal after a long fast should be small and include foods that give instant electrolytes, fluid, and some sugar. This is why traditionally Iftar includes a lot of drinks, fruits, dates, etc. The best way to replace lost fluids and electrolytes is to break your fast with coconut water or salty lemon water with a...
Living with type 1 diabetes, this dancer speaks of improvement in quality of life after DIY artificial pancreas
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Living with type 1 diabetes, this dancer speaks of improvement in quality of life after DIY artificial pancreas

Jazz Sethi, a 26-year-old professional dancer from Ahmedabad, who has been living with type 1 diabetes since the age of 13, is the first user of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) artificial pancreas in the country. “My life has totally changed after switching over to DIY pancreas,” she told The Indian Express. The Do-It-Yourself Artificial Pancreas (DIYAP) consists of existing or old insulin pumps, continuous glucose sensors (CGM) connected to open-source algorithms created by type 1 diabetes community itself. Globally, there are currently more than 1,776 type 1 diabetes patients using DIYAP. Sethi is the first in the country to use DIYAP and in a new paper, ‘Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Review‘, has narrated her experience with this breakthrough technology, wh...
World’s longest rabbit, darius, goes missing – Times of India
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World’s longest rabbit, darius, goes missing – Times of India

LONDON — Have you seen Darius, the world’s longest rabbit? Four feet long and weighing 50 pounds, the heavyweight bunny should be easy to spot. But he went missing this past weekend, and now the police are involved, appealing for information about his apparent abduction from his home in a small English village. Darius’ owner, Annette Edwards, has offered a reward of 2,000 pounds, about $2,745, for his safe return, no questions asked. She detailed his disappearance Sunday from her home in Stoulton, England, in a post on Twitter, calling it a "very sad day." She added that the rabbit was too old to breed now, "So please bring him back." A very sad day. Guinness world record Darius has been stolen from his home. The police are doing there best to find… https://t.co/zwjLiAK0Ft— Annette Edwa...
‘There was no reading that I did’: Neha Dhupia on raising daughter Mehr and trusting her instincts
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‘There was no reading that I did’: Neha Dhupia on raising daughter Mehr and trusting her instincts

On the occasion of National Safe Motherhood Day on April 11, actor Neha Dhupia was joined by Dr Sonal Saste, a paediatrician, on Freedom To Feed, her breastfeeding and parenting initiative, wherein they discussed many parenting fears and queries. When asked what it is that parents need to know before taking their newborn to their first doctor’s appointment, Dr Saste said it is important for parents to “trust their instincts”. That since nowadays parents are bombarded with a lot of information — which may not be a bad thing — but they will ideally need to trust themselves, and do things per their instincts while raising their babies, while also leaning on others (doctors) for support. Dhupia revealed during the Instagram live that Dr Saste also happens to be her daughter Meh...
From dry mouth to hearing loss: Some lesser-known COVID symptoms to watch out for
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From dry mouth to hearing loss: Some lesser-known COVID symptoms to watch out for

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike amid what is being called a second strain of the virus, experts share that people need to be aware of some new, lesser-known symptoms that are beginning to show up in many patients. Dr Gitali Bhagawati, consultant and head, department of microbiology and infection control, Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital told indianexpress.com how the “new variants including UK variants, double mutant variants are spreading faster hence diversity in symptoms is also apparent”. “They are highly infectious and all age groups are at the same level of risk. As far as symptoms are concerned high to low-grade fever, cough, cold, breathing difficulty, running nose, body ache, loss of taste and smell were already prevailing. But symptoms like dry mo...
Mira Kapoor is all set for a ‘seasonal cleanse’ this Navratri; are you?
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Mira Kapoor is all set for a ‘seasonal cleanse’ this Navratri; are you?

Mira Rajput Kapoor has always been vocal about her love for Ayurvedic remedies — whether it is for her skin, hair or overall wellness. She also keeps sharing interesting Ayurvedic practices that she follows, on social media. Ahead of Navratri — which begins April 13, 2021 and will continue till April 22, 2021 — Mira conducted a virtual live session with Ayurvedic practitioner Dr Sudhindra Uppoor, in which they talked about ‘modern-day fasting for a seasonal cleanse’. During the nine-day festival dedicated to the nine forms of Goddess Durga, Mira shared how one can have a ‘glam makeover where all self-detox and stay cool’ as part of #NotSoFast series which will feature a set of posts detailing instructions prior to each day of the fast. She also gave a brief about the topics...
Can you test COVID positive after getting vaccinated?
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Can you test COVID positive after getting vaccinated?

There have been quite a few reports lately about people testing COVID-19 positive even after vaccination. In March, Punjab reported eight such cases where one tested positive after the first dose of the vaccine. A Gujarat health official tested positive for the virus even after the second dose of the vaccine. Similar incidents were recorded in Pune, where two doctors tested positive even after the second dose. Can you test positive after the COVID vaccine? World Health Organization (WHO) mentions on its website that the vaccine would not cause a positive test result for PCR or antigen test. “This is because the tests check for active disease and not whether an individual is immune or not,” it states. In the case of an antibody test, however, it may be possible to test posit...