Thiruvananthapuram, June 27 - Four hospitals in Kerala have begun phasing out mercury-based equipment as part of an initiative to reduce potential health and environmental risks of the toxic metal.
Kottayam - June 25 - How many of us know that the day India became independent - Aug 15, 1947 - was a Friday? Or that then prime minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated on a Wednesday, and that Princess Diana of Britain died on a Sunday?
All you need to figure out the day of the year, no matter what year, is to refer to a 14-page calendar that an X-ray technician here has printed.
Shaji Thomas, 47-year-old X-ray technician, now eyes an entry in the Guinness World Records for his calendar, which in 28 pages captures 3,000 years.
New Delhi, June 24 : Ready to hit the gym? Dig in some almonds, apples or bananas, which are packed with essential nutrients. This will not only rejuvenate you but also reduce the risk of muscle cramps.
Here are five quick snacks that provide much-needed energy and power, according to femalefirst. co. uk:
New Delhi, June 22 : Threats of diseases like dengue and malaria loom large over parts of Delhi that were flooded in the first spell of monsoon and the rise in the Yamuna water level, health experts warned Saturday.
"With stagnant water all around, threat of diseases like dengue, malaria and other vector-born diseases is high in Delhi," said Sushum Sharma, head of the department of internal medicine at Max Hospital, Gurgaon.
June 21 : The World Health Organisation (WHO) Friday said there was a dip in the buffers stock of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs in India, but this would in no way affect treatment of patients.
"There is a dip in the buffer stock of anti-TB drugs. We understand that the government of India has initiated steps to ensure replenishment," Nata Menabde, WHO representative to India, said in a statement here.
New Delhi, June 21 : Kohl or kajal is the basic thing required to highlight eyes, and several national and international brands are catering to those who use it. But how about giving it a personal touch and using homemade kohl?
Priti Mehta, founder and director of non-toxic lifestyle brand Omved, explains how to make that black beauty stick sitting at home.
- Take a lamp and fill it with oil or ghee.
- Keep aside a teaspoon of it.
New Delhi, June 20 : Come rain or sunshine, keep your skin flawless by figuring out what your skin needs and following your skin care regime religiously. From easily available over-the-counter products to kitchen beauty secrets, use them as per the demands of your skin.
New Delhi, June 13 - While the overall number of blood donors in India has grown over the years, women constitute only a tiny 10 percent share owing to health problems like pernicious anaemia and low haemoglobin levels or being underweight.
New Delhi, June 12 : Before you step out of your house to donate blood on World Blood Donor Day Friday, have a nourishing diet. Once you are done with the good deed, consume food items rich in vitamins and more, says Annapurna Agrawal, nutritionist at Snap Fitness India.
Before donating blood, here are some must-eat food items:
- Iron rich foods: Whole grains, spinach, rice flakes, watermelon are some of the foods that are rich in iron.
Patna, June 11 - Eight more children have succumbed to encephalitis in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, taking the total deaths in the state since early May to 31, officials said Monday.
Two of the children died Tuesday.
A district health official said: "It is an alarming situation as the disease continue to kill children."
Bangalore, June 11 - Specialist doctors favour low-cost devices to reduce maternal mortality and ensure better healthcare for women in India.
"By using low-cost devices, quality healthcare can be provided to reduce the maternal mortality ratio in our country, where divergent people live in remote and inaccessible areas," a leading practitioner said at a medical conference here late Monday.
New Delhi, June 8 : Avoid hot and crispy fried snacks, sweets, carbohydrates-rich food if you want to keep a check on your weight, but don't forget to consume some calories for your body's well-being, say experts.
Most of us avoid having food items with lots of calories, but it is good for the body in controlled form.
Hyderabad, June 6 - The Bathini Goud family here has begun preparations for administering the fish "prasadam" (medicine) for asthma patients here June 8-9, even as the Lokayukta has directed the government not to sponsor such events.
New Delhi, May 31 : Highlighting the ill-effects of smoking on children and pregnant women, experts Friday said that counselling about the risks of smoking in pregnancy would help limit the use of tobacco among women.
"Smoking has a negative impact on maternal health," Health Secretary Keshav Desaraju said.
New Delhi, May 31 : Liquefied Petroleum Gas-operated geysers in ill-ventilated rooms are not only causing brief loss of consciousness, but also resulting in seizures, epilepsy, cardiac arrest and early onset of Parkinson's, a new study has revealed.
New Delhi, May 30 - Vulnerable and curious youngsters make for a "soft target" for tobacco companies who glamourise their product, said experts as the age of onset of experiment with cigarettes or other form of tobacco worryingly fell to a startling 11-12 years.
New Delhi, May 25 : Face packs made from a concoction of natural ingredients can clear off acne from your face. Single ingredients like unprocessed honey, toothpaste and vinegar can also do the job well.
Vedika Trivedi, a professional from Jawed Habib's hair and beauty salon chain, explains how to use them effectively:
New Delhi, May 18 : Eighteen-year-old Priyanka Sharma says she feels like an outcast when fellow commuters get up as she sits beside them or her friends call her a cow. The reason: A white patch on her forehand five years ago that soon spread to other parts of her body.
New Delhi, May 18 : Craving for chocolates, but don't want to gain those extra pounds? Worry not! Go for a dark chocolate, which contains a good amount of vitamins, minerals, iron, potassium and magnesium.
New Delhi, May 15 : Go green to eliminate red spots from your face. Natural packs made of fruits, herbs can help in getting rid of acne.
Chandrika Mahendra, senior research scientist, R&D, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares few home remedies for treating acne.
New Delhi, May 11 : In this scorching heat people are at high risk of dehydration and worse. Apart from drinking lots of water, expert advise is to eat fresh fruits to avoid a heat stroke.
When our body loses water, doctors immediately call it dehydration. Some of the causes are explained by Satish Koul, general physician, Columbia Asia Hospital, Gurgaon.
"Causes can be sun stroke, exposure to dusty weather, vomitting, and fever," Koul told IANS.
Patna, May 9 : A six-month-old baby succumbed to a deadly mosquito-borne disease in Bihar Thursday, taking the toll from the disease to three in 2013, and 16 children have been admitted to hospitals in Muzaffarpur, officials said.
Six-month-old Himanshu Kumar died of suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), at Sakra Referral Hospital, Muzaffarpur Civil Surgeon Gayan Bhusan said.
New Delhi, May 4 : Doctors have time and again harped on the importance of using a sunscreen to protect one's skin. For many, however, choosing the right sunscreen is a tough choice, what with scores of products with various SPFs (Sun Protection Factors) flooding store shelves.
Does higher SPF mean better protection? Not so much, say doctors, who warn against being misled by marketing gimmicks.
New Delhi, April 7 - Regular smokers and those wont to popping little packs of gutka into their mouths need to watch out for a warning signal - stiffening jaw muscles. Oral submucous fibrosis is the pre-cancerous stage and
10 percent of these can develop into oral cancer, says a top expert.
Thiruvananthapuram, April 5 : Kerala Health Minister V. S. Sivakumar Friday said 42 percent of Kerala's population suffers from high blood pressure. The minister was speaking ahead of World Health Day, which falls Sunday.
WHO's theme for health day this year is hypertension, or high blood pressure.
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