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A real connect: Time spent with loved ones is key to being healthy

This is the time of the year when most of us are resuming our routines — work, school, college, etc. — after a small break during which we spent time with our loved ones. And actor Kate Hudson’s latest book, Pretty Fun: Creating and Celebrating a Lifetime of Tradition, emphasises how important it is to give the gift of time and create stronger bonds with people around you, be it family, friends or colleagues. We speak to a few experts on how great interpersonal skills translate to a better quality…

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Red Carrots (Desi Gajar) Versus Orange Carrots: Which Ones Would You Choose?

Its that time of the year again. The carrots are back in season and we can’t wait to chew into these red juicy and crunchy wonders. According to the book, Healing Foods, by DK Publishing, carrots are rich in beta carotene from which the body makes vitamin A. Carrots are high in fibre promotes feeling of fullness and aids digestion and bowel regularity. It also contains a form of calcium easily assimilated by the body which can help lower bad cholesterol levels. Apart from this, they also aid eye health…

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Witnessing fear in loved ones can cause PTSD

A study reveals that if a person hears about a serious incident — such as a gunfire exchange – from his/her loved ones or even strangers, it may change how information flows in the brain and can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientists in the study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology, observed that fear in others may change how information flows in the brain. Post-traumatic stress disorder, also called PTSD, is an anxiety disorder that can develop in some people after they experience a shocking, scary, or dangerous event, according to the…

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Hypertension is Now More Common in Poor and Middle-Income Countries Than Rich Ones

Middle- and lower-income countries now have a higher rate of hypertension than high-income countries. Worldwide, the prevalence of hypertension is at a record high, according to a new study in the journal Circulation. From 2000 to 2010, the rate of hypertension in middle- and lower-income countries increased by nearly eight percent. For higher-income countries in that same time period, it decreased by nearly three percent. “If you look over the past 10 years, the number of hypertensive people has decreased in higher income countries, but it’s higher in lower-income countries,”…

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OnePlus One’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow Update in ‘Final Testing Stage’

OnePlus had last year revealed its Android 6.0 Marshmallow update schedule for its devices where it said that the OnePlus One running Cyanogen OS will start receiving the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update in the first quarter. Now, the company’s co-founder and public face Carl Pei has confirmed that the Android Marshmallow for the OnePlus One was in the final testing stages. Unfortunately, Pei didn’t reveal the exact time of arrival of Marshmallow update. He said, “Marshmallow for the One is in the final testing stage. Can’t give ETA as it…

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