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‘Our political issues must not affect health care’

Sylvana Sinha, a Bangladeshi social entrepreneur, hopes to build a series of primary health-care centres with diagnostic facilities and pathological laboratories, called Praava Healthcare. Praava recently entered into an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya, based in Bengaluru. The mission, she tells The Hindu, is to have India’s neighbours cooperate and provide health care to millions in the process. Excerpts. Bangladesh’s health indicators have been better than most of South Asia for years. Where do you think the country lags? It is true that Bangladesh is doing better than any other country…

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Prebiotic Foods Versus Probiotics: What’s Best For Our Diet?

For quite a long while, probiotic bacteria and yeast were considered the hero of the stomach, fighting to swell the amount of ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut i.e. bacteria that may have been depleted by stress, illness, certain medicines, or an improperly-balanced diet that is low on fiber. Probiotics were said to battle with IBS, diarrhoea and stomach-related ailments and subsequently even improve skin conditions, clear up allergies, and generally reduce nagging health conditions. However, later studies showed that most of the probiotics being ingested were actually not completely effective….

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How our memories become permanent

Scientists have for the first time identified a mechanism that regulates rhythmic brain waves that play a key role in making our memories permanent. Memories undergo a consolidation process which stabilises and makes them become stronger — a process where brain waves play an important role, the study said. The study revealed that one of the brain waves — sharp wave ripples (SWRs) — needed for consolidating memories is dominated by synaptic inhibition. It helps the brain set what an individual has learned or experienced as a quick instant replay….

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Are toxins silently harming our kid’s development?

A child policy review study in US has reported that babies under two years of age are 10 times more vulnerable to chemicals than adults. It also notes that babies by the age two accumulate 50 percent of the cancer causing chemicals. These facts make you shudder as a parent for once but then you ignore them thinking you don’t use any chemicals near your baby and hence your little one is safe. The truth is far from it, unconsciously and unknowingly we have been making choices as parents which…

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How does sugar in our diet affect our health?

Most adults and children in the UK eat too much sugar. Cut down by eating fewer sugary foods, such as sweets, cakes and biscuits, and drinking fewer sugary drinks. The kind of sugar we eat too much of is known as “free sugars”. Free sugars are any sugars added to food or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices. Many foods and drinks that contain added sugars can be high in energy (measured in either kilojoules/kJ or calories/kcal) and often have few other nutrients. Eating these foods too…

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Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Your genes and place of birthcan have a major effect on the formation of the microbial community in the gut — which plays an important role in keeping one healthy, a research has showed. The study proved that gut microbiome plays a leading role in the body’s immune response. Thus, controlling the microbes in the gut could influence the immune system and disease vulnerability. The findings showed the early life environment is very important for the formation of an individual’s microbiome. The moderate shifts in diet, as we age, also…

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