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Watch out for the signs: Learn how suicides can be averted

On July 20, it was declared that Chester Bennington, frontman of the popular band Linkin Park, committed suicide. On July 31, 14-year-old Mumbaiite Manpreet Singh committed suicide as part of an online game. In both cases — like most suicides — no one saw it coming. However, experts are of the opinion that raising awareness about depression, which leads to suicidal tendencies, can go a long way in preventing such cases. “Bennington was 41 and the teenager was only 14. These examples prove that the tendency to commit suicide can…

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Watch out if tax reform gets bogged down, Jim Cramer warns

Wall Street could witness another sell-off if President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan gets bogged down, CNBC’s Jim Cramer warned on Monday. “I still think that Trump with Gary Cohn and a different team working to try to get this through we’ll have some luck,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.” U.S. stocks opened sharply lower Monday, the first business day after the scheduled House vote on a repeal of Obamacare was pulled because Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had failed to gain enough support from Republicans. In…

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Watch Out: Popping Balloons Could Be As High Powered As a Shotgun

One of the fondest childhood memories for most of us would be bursting balloons towards the end of a birthday party. Something about the act brought immense joy as we would pull down the strings, place the balloons on the floor and jump on them. As grownups, we now of course have a different perception. We finally know how annoying a habit it is, plus all that deafening noise! As much fun as it may be, popping balloons could have some setbacks too. According to a study done by University…

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Watch Titanic for fab abs and an army of friends

Shedding tears over Devdas or Titanic can pay dividends in the gym. Researchers at University of Oxford got people to do wall-sits-the squat equivalent of a plank–after watching sad movies. The idea was that endorphins released on crying would increase the subjects’ pain threshold. And sure enough, the study found that people who watched a sad film-Stuart: A Life Backwards, chronicling the life story of a disabled child abuse survivor who eventually kills himself–could hold a wall-sit 13.1% longer than volunteers who watched documentaries that were about far less emotive…

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The way you watch videos on Facebook is about to change

NEW DELHI: Facebook has got a new plan to further enhance the video viewing experience of its users. The company will soon be improving the way it shows videos shot vertically. So far, the social media giant fits vertical videos inside a typical horizontal video format. According to a report from The Marketing Land website, who also shared some images showing the new vertical video interface, Facebook in its upcoming Android and iOS app update will be showing vertical videos in 2:3 aspect ratio instead of the current 1:1 aspect…

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In ‘awake’ surgeries, surgeons must watch what they say

The surgeons talked about many surgical procedures, ranging from biopsies to abortions to cataract surgery. A growing number of surgeries performed with only local anesthesia create new challenges for surgeons, according to interviews with U.S. doctors. Surgeries using new local anesthestics that numb an area of the body but leave patients awake, tend to have a shorter recovery time, but can also cause distress and anxiety for patients, researchers write in the American Journal of Surgery. These “awake surgeries” also raise new issues for surgeons, who must balance the needs…

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