Less sugar, more wellness

Falling prey to diabetes not only means being compelled to end your love affair with some of your favourite grubs; the effects are, in fact, graver! Being diabetic also means being vulnerable to a host of other ailments that could be fatal in the long run. Fret not, because the good news is, with lifestyle management being instrumental in keeping blood glucose levels in check, staying healthy could be your discretion now. Eat at Ease Right choice of food, food composition per serving and serving size are factors that constitute…

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Commit to a new lifestyle this season

Wanting to lose weight and staying healthy is among the top resolutions globally, for the New Year. Experts say that getting fit, eating right and losing weight is all about committing to a completely new lifestyle. However, staying on track is essential. Here are a few ways to help you… Exercising should be a habit Integrate movement into your day, however small — even a five minute round of stretching or a 15-minute run/brisk walk should be done daily. Being consistent is important. Take help of activity trackers to monitor…

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People with metabolic syndrome may need more vitamin E

People with metabolic syndrome need significantly more vitamin E, an antioxidant important for cell protection, suggests a new study. Conducted by researchers in the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and the Human Nutrition Programme at the Ohio State University, the study was a double-blind, crossover clinical trial focusing on vitamin E levels in people with metabolic syndrome, which is often related to obesity, Xinhua news agency reported. Maret Traber, a professor in the Oregon State University College of Public Health and Human Sciences, and Ava Helen Pauling, Professor…

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Brazil issues first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug

Brazilian healthcare regulator Anvisa on Monday said it had issued the country’s first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug in the country after years of legal wrangling with patients. The multiple sclerosistreatment, an oral spray derived from marijuana and developed by Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, is known as Sativex internationally and will be sold in Brazil under the brand name Mevatyl. The legal status of cannabis-based drugs has been a thorny issue in Brazil for years, with several patients fighting in the courts to circumvent prohibition. Anvisa has loosened…

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Want to run? Here’s how to start from scratch

The world is clearly divided on the matter of running – some hate it, others love it. While some would do the harshest of dead lifts to dodge their trainer’s mandate to run on the treadmill, others would rather be running than doing anything else inside the gym (and even outside). Differences aside, running is one of the most effective cardio exercises and going by the term ‘runners high’, it is indeed one that gives a high adrenaline rush too. Now if you happen to be a beginner and are…

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Genetically-engineered mosquitoes give hope against dengue

In a first, researchers have genetically engineered mosquitoes that have an increased resistance to infection by the dengue virus. After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. Now, researchers report that mosquitoes carrying dengue virus (DENV) can be genetically engineered, giving an increased resistance to infection by the virus. When a mosquito bites someone infected with DENV, the virus needs to complete its lifecycle in the mosquito’s gut, eventually infecting its salivary glands, before it can…

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