You must have witnessed the mushrooming of gym and fitness centres in your neighbourhood in the recent past. This is just like the spread of fast food chains, a study reveals. With successful gyms now spreading wings to different countries and promoting a typical body ideal, the fitness industry today resembles in many ways the fast food chains, said a study that explored the development of …
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The serious health problems you suffer in life could be due low exposure to testosterone in the womb. The study shows how men's testosterone levels may be determined even before they are born. Understanding why some men have less of the hormone than others is important because testosterone is crucial for life-long health. Low levels of the hormone have been linked to obesity, diabetes and heart …
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Jason Padgett is one of only 40 people in the world with 'acquired ­savant syndrome,' a condition in which prodigious talents in math, art or music emerge in previously normal individuals following a brain injury or disease. After being knocked out by two men on Friday night in Sept. 13, 2002, he has since become 'obsessed with every shape in his house, from rectangles of the windows to the …
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Actor Ranveer Singh, who has done bold scenes in movies like Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela and Band Baaja Baaraat, is now asking people to try Rex - a unique dance move - and urges the youth to 'talk more openly about safe sex by normalising the conversation'.  Ranveer, who has been signed as brand ambassador by Durex, the global leader in sexual well being, is seen in a new consumer campaign …
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GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare today said the multi-billion dollar global deal between parent GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Swiss drug major Novartis won't affect its business in India. The two companies agreed to form a joint venture by combining Novartis' over-the-counter division with GSK's consumer business to create a business with USD 10 billion in annual sales. GSK will hold a 63.5 per cent …
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Researchers have suggested that trauma, illness, alcohol or other drug abuse in expectant mothers could activate a single molecular trigger in brain cells that can go awry and activate conditions like schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder or autism in their babies. Past studies have shown that when an expectant mother exposes herself to alcohol or drug abuse or she experiences some trauma …
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Little known facts like this and many more were discussed at the book launch – The New Normal – and in the panel discussion at Podar Jumbo Kids, Parel, today. The panelists included  Swati Popat Vats (President Podar Education Network & Director Podar Jumbo Kids ), Payal Shah Karwa, author of the recently launched book titled ‘The Bad Touch’, Psychiatrist Dr. Avinash De Souza, senior …
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Researchers have discovered a brain pathway that underlies the emotional behaviours critical for survival. New research has identified a chain of neural connections which links central survival circuits to the spinal cord, causing the body to freeze when experiencing fear. (Read: Heal yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique) An important brain region responsible for how humans and animals …
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April 25 is World Malaria Day.    UNITAID is dedicating 34 million USD on reducing malaria case-fatality through its project rolling out over the coming weeks to treat the severest cases.  Every year thousands of children across Africa die from severe malaria. If left untreated, severe malaria leads to almost certain death within 48 hours. In 2012, malaria killed an estimated 483,000 …
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There is good news for people suffering from depression as researchers have now identified a potentially powerful new treatment for depression in the form of a neuroprotective drug known as P7C3. What the researchers also identified in the course of the study was the mechanism by which ghrelin, a hormone with natural anti-depressant properties works inside the brain. 'By investigating the way the …
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A new study finds that people search for 'healthy' topics on Google 30 percent more often at the beginning of the week than at the end. Investigators from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, Johns Hopkins University, and non-profit organization the Monday Campaigns analyzed 'healthy' Google searches -- meaning searches that included the term healthy and were confirmed to be …
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In non-verbal contexts, learning occurs primarily through the observation and imitation of a model. In a recent study on this process in monkeys, researchers found that the learner's ability to identify with the model appears to be an essential condition of learning. To explore the effectiveness of different modes of non-verbal social learning, researchers from the Lyon Neuroscience Research …
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Supreme Court has agreed to hear in open court the curative petition of gay rights activists for decriminalising gay sex. The curative plea challenging theSupreme Court's verdict against gay sex will be taken up next week. (Read: Gay sex verdict: Govt indicates it will take legislative route) The country's highest court had on December 11, 2013 set aside the Delhi high court judgement …
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Planning to tie the knot soon? Gauge his/her optimism levels too as a cheerful partner with loads of positive attitude would be a harbinger of health for you. According to a study, having an optimistic spouse predicted better mobility and fewer chronic illnesses over time, even above and beyond a person's own level of optimism. 'This is the first study to show that someone's else optimism could …
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