Health & Fitness

Diagnosis & management of SPINAL TB

  By Dr Satnam Singh Chhabra:  While those of us who thought TB is a pulmonary disease affecting our lungs need to think again! According to the medical statistics, 5-10 per cent of the total TB patients in India suffer from bone TB and the figure is on constant rise, more due to ignorance about bone TB, during which the bacterium causing TB affects bones and the spine. In fact, if we talk about numbers, India is home to about one lakh people who suffer from osteoarticular tuberculosis ..

Workout Routines and Ideas for Fitness

By Wendy Oliver-Pyatt: “Fitness isn’t just a plan you embark on, along with a diet, to lose weight. It's a lifelong love of movement that will help you maintain good health and the physique you want. We've compiled some workout routines and ideas to help you along your way.These recommendations will help you evolve your workout routine and activity plan. The theme is picking something you love doing, and nurturing your feelings every step of the way. After you read through these workout ..

What’s the best way to sit?

 By Leon Straker: Many people spend the majority of their waking hours sitting – at home, commuting and at work. Particularly when we’re sitting for long periods at a desk, there are a few things we should keep in mind. How should we sit? Many people think there is one“good” posture. But actually, there isn’t just one way of sitting. Different ways of sitting will place different physical stresses on our bodies, and variety is good. To work out if a posture ..

ALL ABOUT NIPAH VIRUS

  Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis. NiV affects both humans and animals. The fatality rateofNiVisquitehighandspreads mainly through bats, pigs, and other animals. The deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus has resurfaced in tKerala a year after it killed 17 people, state health minister said. A 23-year-old student tested positive for the virus, which is transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected bats, pigsorotherpeople.KeralaHealth MinisterKK Shailajatoldreporte..

OFFICE WORKERS

 Who Sit A Lot Need To EXERCISE Office workers who sit for long periods of time can reverse the health risks of their modern sedentary lifestyle by exercising just 20 minutes per day, a new study revealed. Published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the University of Sydney-led collaboration with the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norwegian Institute of Public Health and the UK’s Loughborough University examined the health consequences associated with sitting, reports ..

Understanding Antioxidants

  By Sophia White: Our bodies have natural healing abilities that work when we have a healthy nutritious diet. Nature has provided many compounds that help keep us healthy and a diet rich in antioxidant food is a sure way to help our body’s cells to face everyday threats such as infections and viruses attacking them. Antioxidants help give our immune system a boost and allow it to do its job of protecting our bodies. Eating a diet made using antioxidant recipes allows our body ..

Tamal Patra: A true miracle of nature

  By Rajendra Diwe: The long pointed dried leaf used in Indian kitchens is known as Tamal Patra, Tejpatra, Tejpan, Bay Leaf, Tvakpatra, etc. Tamal Patra is its Sanskrit name which means Dark Leaf. Greek traders took that name changing it to malabathron. This name was then taken by the Romans as malabathrum or malobathrum. Many recent languages of Northern India have names for Indian bay-leaf that derive from that Sanskrit term, for example, Marathi Tamal Patra. In Hindi and some related ..

POWER FOODS TO BOOST IMMUNITY

    It takes more than an apple a day to keep the doctor away. It turns out that eating some pretty surprising nutrients will help keep your immune system on guard. You can ensure your body and immunity run smoothly by rounding out your plate with plenty of colorful servings of fruits and veggies, plus 8 to 10 glasses of water a day, at the very least. The following ingredients can add extra flu-fighting punch to your winter meal plan. YOGURT: Probiotics, or the "live active cultures" ..

Here’s Why Sleep Is Beneficial

  In a new study researchers at BarIlan University in Israel reveal an unexpected function of sleep that they believe could explain how sleep and sleep disturbances affect brain performance, aging and various brain disorders. Researchers used 3D time-lapse imaging techniques in live zebra fish and were able to define sleep in a single chromosome resolution and show, for the first time, that single neurons require sleep in order to perform nuclear maintenance. According to the current work, ..

Exercises That Prevent Knee Pain as You age

  By Meghan Rabbitt: O ver the course of your lifetime, your knees take a beating. After all, you use them to sit, stand, walk, run, and make countless other movements with your legsand depending on the movement, you put a surprising amount of pressure on your knees. In fact, according to Harvard Medical School researchers, when you walk, the force placed on your knees is equivalent to about 1½ times your body weight-meaning a 140-pound woman puts 210 pounds of pressure on her ..

IT’S TIME FOR HEALTH FOR ALL

   T HE world today is moving fast, people ‘jog’ their brains to achieve targets,‘stretch’ their limits to shine among the rest, ‘run’ behind their dreams and aspirations. To keep up with the competitive environment people tend to work tirelessly and are unable to meet their health goals. To create awareness, the World Health Organisation (WHO) celebrates World Health Day on April 7 every year to address the growing health concerns and promote a healthy ..

Sweetened drinks may worsen MS symptoms

    People with multiple sclerosis (MS) consuming 290 calories of soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages a day may be tied to more severe symptoms, researchers warn. Multiple sclerosis is a progressive and degenerative disease in which the immune system attacks nerves, producing a variety of neurological symptoms. The study showed that participants who consumed the largest amounts of sugarsweetened beverages were five times more likely to have severe disability than people who ..

The half hour benefit

     A majority of urban youth spends its days sitting on desk. This type of sedentary lifestyle can take a serious toll on health and may even lead to early death, a recent research shows. According to a study cited by Health line, just half hour of physical activity a day can counteract a day of sitting. The study was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers from Columbia University Irving Medical Center evaluated 7,999 healthy adults, aged 45 and older, ..

Eat your veggies to boost immunity

    T he number of people in Australia who follow vegetarian or plant-based diets is growing rapidly. People might choose to be vegetarian for ethical, cultural or health-related reasons. While not all vegetarians are necessarily following a healthy diet, research shows vegetarianism can have many benefits for health. One we’re learning more about is its potential to strengthen our immune systems. We’re still working out what aspects of a vegetarian diet may be responsible ..