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Govt launches free contraceptive shots for women

Once every three months, women in the age group of 18-45 years will be given contraceptive injections free of cost at all state-run primary health centres and hospitals, state health minister C Vijaya Baskar said, launching the centrally-funded ‘Antara’ scheme at the Egmore Women and Children hospital on Thursday. Recommended By Colombia The depot medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) injection -added to the present basket of options such as condoms, intra-uterine devices, oral pills, morning-after pills and sterilisation procedures for men and women -contains the birth control hormone progestogen and is promoted…

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Is Gluten Free Diet Real or a Fad?

The first month of the year brings my thoughts to the fact that so many people think being “gluten free” is a choice and we are doing it to be in vogue. The reality is that living a gluten free life isn’t easy, just like with any other lifestyle disease that can be tough. The challenges are never ending. Just the other day my son got a rash, which is a sign of gluten allergy. I was surprised. How could it be? What could have caused it? My kitchen is…

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4 Gluten Free Resolutions I’ve Made For a Healthy Start

It’s that time of the year when everyone makes New Year Resolutions. This year, I listed a couple of points everyone with Celiac or gluten sensitivity must resolve to do to improve their health, while I do the same. I think the hardest part of having a food allergy isn’t really the issue with the food you can’t eat but the entire social aspect related to food. This is my daily challenge with my own son. Having three kids with different needs and requirements. I know a lot of people…

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Health Weekly Roundup; India declares itself free of bird flu, 1.4m lives lost in India due to air pollution in ’13, Painkillers are not advisable for dengue

Here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet. This week was packed with important health-related discoveries. To make sure you don’t miss any, here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet. India declares itself free of bird flu Bird flu mainly affects domestic poultry. It spreads from infected birds to other winged creatures through contact with nasal and respiratory secretions and also due to contamination of feed and wate 1.4m lives lost in India due to…

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Uber Offers Free Rides in Argentina Amid Crackdown

Uber redoubled efforts to launch its services in Argentina on Friday by offering five days of free rides even as authorities cracked down on the rideshare company’s operations. Police raided homes where they believed Uber to be operating out of after a court had ordered the company on Wednesday to suspend operations and launched an inquiry into whether the service presents unfair competition. “The goal is to reach a ruling that can disable the company,” prosecutor Martin Lapadu told the C5N television channel after ordering the raids. “We searched for…

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