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Chana Dal, Keema, Curry Leaf Among Indian Words to Enter The Oxford English Dictionary: Twitter Is More Than Happy

The ninth edition of the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary has over 900 news words and includes close to 240 words from Indian English. Interestingly, the cause of joy for India is the fact that a host of culinary terms and Hindi names of food items have also secured a place in the dictionary reflecting the popularity of Indian cuisine and a global understanding of indigenous cooking techniques and ingredients. Some of the words to have found a place in the mega-word bank includes items like Chana dal, curry leaf, keema…

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The Dreadful Migraine and Why It Is More Common Among Women

Indian women are deemed to be the caretakers of their family. In today’s world more women than men have both, a job outside the home and traditional responsibilities after work hours. Over 70% of married women with children are employed outside the home. Sociologists describe women as struggling to achieve the “male standard” at work, while trying to maintain the perfect wife and mother standards at home. Women often find it harder to say ‘no’ to others’ requests and feel guilty if they can’t fulfill their responsibilities. In addition, as…

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Why Heart Attacks Are Increasing Among Young Adults

Myocardial infarction or “Heart attack” as it is commonly known is increasing and now reaching epidemic proportions. Knowledge that heart attack can cause early and unexpected death is now widespread. Many young adults, especially men, come routinely to do a health check-up even if they have no symptoms. Many times this is because someone near or dear has suddenly succumbed to the disease. Despite this, vast majority of youngsters and young adults fail to identify the warning signs, which occasionally leads to tragic outcomes. Heart attacks in the young   Indians have heart attack almost a decade earlier than the west. In a recent study done in a large tertiary…

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‘10% higher level of burnout among docs since 2012 survey’

Your seemingly disinterested doctor may be a part of a larger problem stalking the medical system: burnout among doctors. While medicine is seen as a coveted profession in India, a new study from a city medical college indicates that our doctors, like their western counterparts, suffer from burnout-associated symptoms such as emotional exhaustion, lack of feeling or dissatisfaction. Around 500 doctors responded to a 25-point questionnaire and came up with answers that spoke of lack of development (“My work doesn’t offer me opportunities to develop my abilities”), overload (“I overlook…

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Grilled Meat Ups Mortality Risk Among Breast Cancer Survivors

Higher consumption of grilled, barbecued and smoked meat may increase the mortality risk among breast cancer survivors, a new study has warned. Researchers, including those from University of North Carolina in the US, evaluated the link between grilled or barbecued and smoked meats and the survival time after breast cancer. High-temperature cooked meat intake is a highly prevalent source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and other carcinogenic chemicals and has been associated with breast cancer incidence, but this study assessed whether intake is related to survival after breast cancer. In the…

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Depression Becoming More Common Among U.S. Teens

The number of U.S. adolescents and young adults with untreated depression may be on the rise, a recent study suggests. For youth ages 12 to 17, the prevalence of depression increased from 8.7 percent in 2005 to 11.3 percent in 2014, the study found. Among adults aged 18 to 25, the prevalence climbed from 8.8 percent to 9.6 percent during the study period. But there hasn’t been much change in the proportion of teens and young adults seeking mental health treatment, the study also found. “We already know that teens…

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