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Avoid processed food, ditch hot beverages and sugary drinks: Tips for healthy teeth

There are many myths around dental care, right from only sugar causes cavities to all mouthwashes do the same job. During the monsoon though, sensitivity and trouble in jaw/teeth is a common thing. To prevent that, avoid having steaming hot food or beverages and floss regularly, say experts. Romsha Vashishth, Consultant, Oro-Dental Surgeon and Implantologist at Columbia Asia Hospital and Aarti Bhasin, Consultant Dentist at Prive Skin & Wellness Clinic have listed few tips: * Follow an oral hygiene routine: Brush your teeth twice a day and use desensitise toothpaste to avoid sensitive teeth…

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Modi govt aims to revamp public health scheme, lower costs after criticism: Report

India’s health ministry has trimmed its cost estimates for extending its main public health programme by 25% after criticism from a federal think-tank over inefficiency and slow progress, according to government documents seen by Reuters. The new estimate of $25 billion for a three-year extension of the flagship health programme, down from an initial figure of about $33 billion, comes as Prime Minister Narendra Modi pushes a multi-pronged agenda to revamp health services. Planned reforms include streamlining spending and bureaucracy, slashing prices of life-saving drugs and medical devices, and nudging companies…

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Fat shaming by docs likely to harm health

Discrimination at the doctor’s office based on size can take a toll on a patient’s physical health and mental well-being, a study has found. “Disrespectful treatment and medical fat shaming, in an attempt to motivate people to change their behaviour, is stressful and can cause patients to delay seeking healthcare or avoid interacting with providers,” said Joan Chrisler, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College in the US. “Implicit attitudes might be experienced by patients — for example, a provider’s apparent reluctance to touch a fat patient, or a headshake…

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Study: Health costs of pollution in India 8 times of govt’s fuel subsidy

India spent $16.9 billion on oil, gas and coal subsidies in 2013 and 2014 but the health costs to meet the burden of air pollution-linked diseases was eight times more at $140.7 billion, says a report by an European environmental non-profit organisation. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) assessed the spending of seven economically powerful countries on fossil fuel subsidies, and the health costs associated with fossil fuel subsidies. The report, `Hidden Price Tags’, said India can provide 375 million households with solar lamps or train nearly 32,000 extra doctors for rural…

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3 out of 100 mothers 19 years or below

Maternal mortality rates in Delhi have increased marginally – from 0.37 per 1,000 live births in 2015 to 0.41 in 2016. In another worrying trend, the percentage of teenage pregnancies has gone up significantly. According to government data, three out of every 100 women (3.10%), who delivered kids in Delhi in 2016, were 19 years and below. The percentage of women from this age group delivering kids stood at 2.75, 1.93, 2.03 and 2.21 in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively . Dr Alka Kriplani, professor and head of obstetrics…

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Top 8 radiation sources at your home

That tower, outside your home should concern you and rightly so. But did you ever stop to fret about the radiation from your cellphone or WiFi or Stabilizer or even from your electric shaver? As much as Internet and telecommunication have become the part of our modern lives, Cell towers have become a feature of city skylines. The profusion of cellular technology and cell towers have caused a concern on the health impact of radiation of humans. Even as cell phone towers are the most visible sources of radiation – there are…

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