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Don’t worry, be happy. 10 science-proven ways that will keep stress out of your life

The purpose of life, for most, is the pursuit of happiness or doing what gives us a sense of satisfaction. But urban lifestyles and workplace pressures may make it hard to look at life with a bird’s eye view or keep track of what you originally set out to achieve. If you’re finding yourself more and more stressed, try these simple, inexpensive and science-supported ways of being happier: TAKE OUT TIME TO NOTICE NATURE Studies have pointed out how people who live in greener places are happier and live longer. A recent study by…

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Binge-watchers, beware: You may be at greater risk of developing blood clots

Watching television for too long may double the chances of developing blood clots, a study has warned. Prolonged TV viewing has already been associated with heart disease, but this is the first study to look at blood clots in veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Previous research has linked watching TV to impaired physical activity in older adults and poorer sleep quality and insomnia in young adults. “Watching TV itself is not bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching,”…

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Do you suffer from psoriasis? Beware, you may be at higher risk of type 2 diabetes

People with psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing Type-2 diabetes than those without the condition, and the risk increases dramatically based on the severity of the disease, says a study. Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system in which inflammation causes skin cells to multiply faster than normal. They cause raised, red patches covered by silvery scales when they reach the surface of the skin and die. It is significant as the number of Indians with diabetes likely to double in next decade. People with psoriasis that covers…

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Food Combinations: Should You be Pairing Curd with Fish?

What you eat matters a great deal but how you plan your meals holds greater significance. It is understood that many nutrients simply pass through the body without getting absorbed in the absence of another supporting micronutrient. Minerals, vitamins, nutrients and enzymes always work in tandem with each other to give our body a holistic nutritive supply. At times two such agents react in a way that may cause irritation or discomfort in the body. This piece – one out of many in the series of our planned articles on food…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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Watch out for the signs: Learn how suicides can be averted

On July 20, it was declared that Chester Bennington, frontman of the popular band Linkin Park, committed suicide. On July 31, 14-year-old Mumbaiite Manpreet Singh committed suicide as part of an online game. In both cases — like most suicides — no one saw it coming. However, experts are of the opinion that raising awareness about depression, which leads to suicidal tendencies, can go a long way in preventing such cases. “Bennington was 41 and the teenager was only 14. These examples prove that the tendency to commit suicide can…

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