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Being close to nature can make you develop positive body image

Exposure to natural environment and images of nature may have a powerful effect on promoting positive body image, according to a study led by scientists, including one of Indian-origin. The study, published in the journal Body Image, involved five separate studies from researchers, including those from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. In three studies, participants were shown photographs of both natural and built environments, with results showing that exposure to images of natural, but not built, environments resulted in improved body image. A fourth study involved members of the…

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66% Indian Smokers View E-Cigarettes as ‘Positive Alternative’

Nearly 66 per cent of Indian smokers see e-cigarettes as a “positive alternative” to tobacco products, a new survey said on Thursday. In a first-of-its-kind survey of adult smokers in India conducted by non-profit organisation factasia.org, the researchers found that 69 per cent of Indian smokers would consider switching to e-cigarettes “if they were legal, met quality and safety standards, and were conveniently available”. The survey showed that a few smokers in India have tried them although more than a third — 36 per cent — express some level of…

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Dengue Deaths Touch 100 in Lucknow, More People Test Positive

The death toll from dengue has crossed the 100 mark here and still the vector borne disease shows no signs of relenting in Uttar Pradesh. In the past two days, more than 150 patients have tested positive for dengue and the humid weather continues to add to the spread of the disease. Health Department officials while refusing to admit the high toll, said the situation was “serious and worrisome”. The number of dengue patients here touched 1,356, including a large number of children and aged people. After a literal epidemic…

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Accentuate the Positive in Eating

“You’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative!” That’s a lyric in a very old Bing Crosby song from the 1940’s. He wasn’t talking about food – but the advice could apply to healthy eating. For too long, we’ve been focusing on what not to eat, what to cut out of the diet, what to avoid. The trend has become extreme as diet after popular diet encourages people to cut out entire food groups to lose weight. But perhaps it’s time to “eliminate the negative” and forget about cutting…

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Fighting dengue: 4,065 positive cases recorded in K’taka till mid-Sept this year

Highest number of cases have been reported from Bengaluru. Karnataka has already recorded 4,065 positive dengue cases in the first nine-and-ahalf months of the year. With another three-and-a-half months to go, the state could well exceed last year’s figure of 5,077 cases by the end of 2016. A quick look at the figures (see box) show, the number of dengue cases has been on the rise over the years, which doctors say is a worrying trend. Of the 4,065 cases this year, Bengaluru has reported the highest number (544), followed…

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Positive approach towards exercise brings better benefits

Exercising is undoubtedly good for health. However, positive mindset about exercise brings better benefit, not just physically but psychologically and neurophysiologically too, a new study has revealed. The researchers in the study published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine provided evidence that individuals can be positively or negatively influenced before engaging in exercise. The researchers invited 76 men and women aged between 18 and 32 years where they had to exercise for 30 minutes on a bicycle ergometer and were separated into different groups. The participants were shown short films…

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