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Simple dietary changes up your health quotient


An egg-cellent weight loss plan Scrambled, boiled, poached, nothing beats a good egg. And they’re not only tasty, they’re also a great weight-loss aid. Past studies have found that eggs help shift those extra pounds, including research gathered by the Rochester Centre for Obesity in the US. Thirty obese or overweight women ate either two eggs or a bagel for ...

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Common hair growth drugs may ruin your sex life: Study


Certain common drugs prescribed for those suffering from male pattern hair loss and benign prostate enlargement (BPH) may lead to adverse sexual side effects such as loss of libido or erectile dysfunction, a new study has claimed. Twenty-five per cent of men currently taking Finasteride or Dutasteride, popularly known as Proscar and Avodart, for the treatment of BPH, appear not ...

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Teenagers think hookah safer than cigarettes


Teenagers and youngsters in their early 20s are more likely to rate hookah and e-cigarettes as safer than cigarettes, though the trend is not seen among 25 to 34 year-olds, a study says. Studying data from 2,871 smoking and non-smoking young adults, ages 18-34, Olivia A. Wackowski and Cristine D. Delnevo from Rutgers University in US found that a quarter ...

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Will potatoes make me fat? Myths debunked!


Since time immemorial, potatoes are considered to be a meal for obese people. Not only this, there are many rumours, which support the fact that potatoes are not a vegetable, they are simple fattening, contain simple carbohydrates – lots of carbohydrates and nothing else. Today, we’re telling you that this might just be one big conspiracy against the humble potato. ...

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Mother’s healthy diet can cut heart defects in newborns


A healthy diet before pregnancy may reduce the risk of certain heart abnormalities in babies at birth, says a study. The researchers from University of Utah quizzed around 19,000 women about the quantity and quality of their diet in the year leading up to their pregnancy. The women were all part of the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Half of ...

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Think female ‘Viagra’ boosts your sex drive? Think again


Rejoice women, the magic pill, the pill that makes your little man in the boat float, is now a thing of reality. The much-awaited female ‘Viagra’ is finally available for you to purchase in hushed (slightly sheepish) tones over seedy counters. (The crowd cheers and all the women raise ecstatic toasts to the FDA approval of the little pink pill ...

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Where do we stand? on Aspirin


An aspirin a day, keeps the doctor away. Or does it? Aside from being a potent painkiller to help with that numbing headache or aching pain in your back, doctors today routinely prescribe a daily regimen of aspirin to help prevent heart attack and stroke. And a number of studies also indicate that they may also be able to decrease ...

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Jayalalithaa announces free master health check up plan for residents


Jayalalithaa has also announced a scheme for whereby new mothers will be dropped back home after delivery. Twenty new buses will be introduced for this service at a cost Rs 1.60 crore. The state government has also announced 10 new primary health centres and housing for nurses. Besides the master health scheme, Jayalalithaa said in the Assembly: In the last ...

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75 percent of cigarettes sold loose in India, says study


Shimla: Nearly 75 percent of all cigarettes in India are sold as single sticks valued at close to 30 percent of the Rs.35,000 crore (over $5 billion) Indian market, an international journal says. The sale of single cigarettes, which is not in the interest of public health, is an important factor for early experimentation, initiation and persistence of tobacco use, ...

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