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Papaya leaves in demand as dengue cases rise

Papaya leaves in demand as dengue cases riseNew Delhi, Sep 20 : Can papaya plant leaves cure dengue? There is no scientific answer to this question, but the use of papaya leaves has grown phenomenally in the capital in the past few weeks as the mosquito-borne disease sees a spurt.


Better research could help contain tropical diseases: Experts

Better research could help contain tropical diseases: ExpertsNew Delhi, Sep 9 : Health experts Monday called for better research and coordination between various agencies to contain "neglected" tropical diseases like cholera.

Participating in a panel discussion in the national capital, the experts among whom were also representatives of the government, explored the need to better understand the economic and social burden posed by these neglected diseases.


Severe dearth of clinics, health personnel in Delhi: Report

Severe dearth of clinics, health personnel in Delhi: ReportNew Delhi, Aug 31 : With only two clinics for every 10,000 people, Delhi is in urgent need of more clinics, dispensaries and and health personnel, an official report released here said Saturday.

"Despite a rise in clinics and dispensaries, the per capita availability of public health facilities in Delhi remains low at two clinics per 10,000 people," said the Delhi Human Development Report 2013


To be born in the lap of luxury

To be born in the lap of luxuryNew Delhi, Aug 23 - Who doesn't want to bring up his child in a cocoon of comfort? Little Lavanya's parents, however, decided to take this a step further and ensured their first born came into the world in a lap of luxury - literally.


Get rid of lice with home remedies

Get rid of lice with home remediesNew Delhi, Aug 16 : Monsoon woes don’t end with dandruff. The sweaty and sticky scalp brings lice with it. Worry not, as there are solutions in the form of onion and garlic juice.

Hair transplant surgeon Sakshee Sareen says that due to accumulation of sweat in the scalp, chances of hair lice or fungal infection increases during the monsoon season.


Shape eyebrows the right way

Shape eyebrows the right wayNew Delhi, Aug 6 - You can use a lot of eye makeup products on your lids and lashes. But bushy or unshapely eyebrows can kill the look.

Makeup artist Megha Puri suggests how to shape the eyebrows according to the face cut. Here are her tips:

Long face: Since the focus will be on shortening the length of the face, go for a thick straight one.

Round face: To complement facial features, a high arch shape will be apt.


Hundreds die in India for lack of organs

Hundreds die in India for lack of organsNew Delhi, Aug 5 : Neera Yadav (name changed), a 20-year old college student suffering from an end-stage renal disease, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant. Though her parents went from pillar to post, they could not find a donor for her in Delhi and she died last month.

Experts say this is not an isolated case. Hundreds of people in need of organ transplants cannot be saved every year because of lack of donors.


Indian mothers still don't see that breastfeeding is best: NGO

Indian mothers still don't see that breastfeeding is best: NGONew Delhi, August 1 - Only 41 percent of Indian mothers initiate early breastfeeding. There is a lack of awareness of the benefits of breast milk in India, an NGO said Thursday.


Protect your liver from Hepatitis

Protect your liver from HepatitisNew Delhi, July 27 : Many associate liver diseases with alcohol, but that's just one cause, says an expert. Water and food are common carriers of the Hepatitis virus that affects the liver.

Ashish Sharma, consultant, internal medicine, Columbia Asia Hospital, Ghaziabad, explains the different types of hepatitis, the symptoms and vaccines available:


Multi-drug therapy's role in leprosy control hailed

Multi-drug therapy's role in leprosy control hailedNew Delhi, July 25 : Eighteen leprosy-burdened countries, including India, Thursday acknowledged the role of multi-drug therapy in helping reduce cases of the bacterial disease across the world.


Rising stress causing headaches; women more affected

Rising stress causing headaches; women more affectedNew Delhi, July 15 - "I have a splitting headache". Be it your colleague at work or your spouse at home, this has probably become one of the most often heard complaint today.

Considering the statistics - one-third of Indian women and one-fifth of Indian men suffer from migraine - the frequency is hardly of any surprise. Doctors blame lifestyle changes and stress for this literally gnawing headache and say that women suffer more than men.


Nepali migrants fight AIDS, discrimination in India

Nepali migrants fight AIDS, discrimination in IndiaNew Delhi, July 9 - Raman Thapa (name changed) came to Delhi some 15 years ago. Alone and lonely in an alien city, he soon started visiting a brothel. After some time, he noticed non-itchy skin ulcers in his body and on visiting a doctor got the shock of his life when told he was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease.


Drink, apply citrus fruits for natural glow

Drink, apply citrus fruits for natural glowNew Delhi, July 8 : Bright coloured citrus fruits like orange, lemon and lime can make your skin glow.

Bollywood beauty and makeup expert Puja Taluja reveals how these Vitamin C rich fruits, known for their antioxidant properties, work well for your skin.

Lime juice: Take a lime, squeeze it and add it to a glass of warm water with honey in it. Take a spoon and mix the contents well. Drink it every morning before breakfast.


Indian doctors' software distinguishes malaria from dengue

Indian doctors' software distinguishes malaria from dengueNew Delhi, July 5 - Indian doctors in collaboration with a Russian lab have developed software to differentiate dengue, malaria and other viral fevers, otherwise a challenging task due to their similar symptoms, an official said Friday.


Woman, 90, successfully treated for paralytic stroke

Woman, 90, successfully treated for paralytic strokeNew Delhi, July 4 : Doctors in a city hospital claim to have successfully treated a 90-year-old woman suffering from stroke with intravenous thrombolytic therapy, showcasing that there is no age barrier for such treatment.


Gorge on pre-workout energy snacks

Gorge on pre-workout energy snacksNew 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:


Dengue, malaria threat in Delhi, say experts

Dengue, malaria threat in Delhi, say expertsNew 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.


WHO says dip in stocks of TB drugs in India

WHO says dip in stocks of TB drugs in India 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.


Define eyes with homemade kohl

Define eyes with homemade kohlNew 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.


A guide to healthy skin during monsoon

A guide to healthy skin during monsoonNew 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.


Poor health reduces women blood donors in India

Poor health reduces women blood donors in IndiaNew 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.


Nourish your body pre, post blood donation

Nourish your body pre, post blood donationNew 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.


Watch what you eat to control weight gain

Watch what you eat to control weight gainNew 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.


Smoking affects pregnant women, children, say experts

Smoking affects pregnant women, children, say expertsNew 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.


LPG-operated gas geysers cause health problems: Study

LPG-operated gas geysers cause health problems: StudyNew 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.


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