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Weed smokers, marijuana may triple your chances of dying from high BP

Turns out, it’s not just cigarettes that risk your heart as according to a recent study, marijuana smokers have triple the death risk from high blood pressure (BP). In the absence of longitudinal data on marijuana use, the researchers designed a retrospective follow-up study of NHANES (National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) participants aged 20 years and above. Information on marijuana use was merged with mortality data in 2011 from the National Centre for Health Statistics. The researchers estimated the associations of marijuana use, and duration of use, with death…

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Jaitley holds review meeting of FDI policy in various sectors

Finance minister Arun Jaitley held a meeting with other ministers and government officials on Monday for a review of the current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) policy, informed sources said. Commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman, power minister Piyush Goyal, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj attended the meeting, the sources said. The official refused to give any details of the meeting. The government has been considering further liberalising the FDI regime to attract foreign investments in various sectors, including 100% FDI under the automatic route for the…

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Social media responds to Sinead O’Connor’s N.J. video with outpouring of support

After posting a Facebook video on Thursday that went viral, singer Sinead O’Connor’s devastating plea for help drew comments from NJ.com readers and all corners of social media. Many were supportive of the Grammy-winning Irish singer, who has struggled with mental illness over the years and said she was feeling suicidal. Shortly after posting her video, O’Connor, who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and wants to reunite with her children, shared the street address of a Travelodge motel in South Hackensack where she said she was staying. Comments flooded in on her Facebook page…

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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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The Quintessential Snacks of Monsoon: Stuffed Mirchi Pakodas

Come monsoons and the urge to savour fried snacks is at its peak. A cup of tea, some snacks to nibble on and a beautiful spot from where you can see the rain trickle down – isn’t this all that you could ask for? One of the most loved snacks which can be particularly enjoyed during the monsoon season is the Mirchi Pakoda and you would agree that it is hard to have just one. The mirchis that you make the pakodas with give a slight spicy kick to the pakodas and the delicious fillings inside balance other…

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