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‘Teen smokers can get addicted to marijuana’

Scientists have shown that teens who smoke are predisposed to getting addicted to marijuana, says a study. New research presented May 5, at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting here supports the theory that cigarettes are a gateway drug to marijuana. “Contrary to what we would expect, we also found that students who smoked

Treatment for grey hair possible

Researchers have developed a remedy for grey hair and a skin condition called vitiligo, a study says. In a research report published online in The FASEB Journal, people whose hair is turning grey develop massive oxidative stress via accumulation of hydrogen peroxide in hair follicles, which causes hair to bleach itself from the inside out.

Obese men in 20s may die in middle age

Families of chubby youngsters, beware! Men who turn obese in their early 20s are significantly less likely to reach their middle age, a new study published in the British Medical Journal has suggested. Also such youngsters are also up to eight times more likely to suffer diabetes, potentially fatal blood clots or a heart attack,

Web-based programmes for weight-loss

Web-based programmes are the new effective measures in weight loss and weight management, according to a study. Weight loss is a topic of concern for nearly 36 percent of Americans who are considered obese. There are many barriers that can interfere with weight loss. For those attending face-to-face weight loss programmes, barriers can include travel,

Now special dance, yoga apparel!

Make your dancing and yoga sessions fun and stylish with a special spring-summer apparel range from a leading fitness brand. Reebok has launched the range as part of it’s commitment to women’s fitness, aiming to change the way women perceive, define and experience fitness. The two categories are designed for high energy, giving customers an

Nutrient from urine, anti-bacterial clothes: Innovations from IIT-Delhi

A process to recover nutrients from human urine and an antibacterial shirt to keep the body fresh in sweltering heat are some of the innovative solutions offered to the industry by students of the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) for the benefit of common people. These are part of around 500 research-based projects showcased at

Garlic: Wonder drug for healthy life

According to old wives’ tales, garlic can ward off vampires. While this benefit may just be folklore, what’s true about garlic is that it has many health benefits. This ‘wonder-drug’ contains more than 100 biologically useful chemicals. It also has various anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties. Here’s a list of some of it’s proven

Simple Solutions to Beat Stress

Feeling the heat of stress? Try these easy home techniques to feel rejuvenated and invigorated. Whether it is the routine daily chores or tonnes of work on some special days, workload can sometimes leave our bodies fatigued and mind stressed out and all you feel in the end is grouchy. The recent crest and trough

Drinking too much water can be risky

Excessive water in your system can dilute your body fluids so much that the sodium levels become life-threateningly low. Water may be the elixir of life, but it sure can send your health into a tailspin, even endanger your life, if you drink too much of it. While packaged water, juice and cola companies hard-sell their thirst-quenchers to you through TV and print

Healthy eating heavy on the pocket

Healthy eating as a mantra may have gained popularity but it could be a little too heavy on the pockets of those from low income groups, Australian research says. The comparatively higher cost of eating a nutritious and balanced diet could actually drive such groups towards cheaper, processed foodstuffs with high fat, salt and sugar

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