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  • Quitting smoking gradually may help kick the habit

    Smokers may find it easier to kick the butt if they stop smoking gradually than if they quit abruptly, a new study suggests

  • The founder of Zumba comes to Mumbai

    Beto Perez, founder of the popular dance-based exercise routine Zumba, will be in the city to host India’s largest Zumba workshop on February 1. The 45-year-old fitness expert talks about this exercise in disguise

  • Health Special: Do's and don'ts of gymming

    If your New Year resolution was to get fit and head to the gym, now's the time to make good on the promise. To help you along, Soma Das invited experts for a checklist to bear in mind before you hit the gym

  • Yoga a potential therapy for cardiovascular disease: Study

    A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials has concluded that the popular mind-body practice of yoga can be a potential therapy for cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome

  • Reprogramming stem cells may prevent cancer after radiation

    After full body radiation, certain faulty stem cells re-engineer the blood system that creates cancer risk in people which can be prevented by artificially activating a stem cell maintenance pathway, research has found

  • Non-human sugar in red meat may promote cancer

    A team led by an Indian-origin researcher at the University of California, San Diego, has found that a non-human sugar present in red meat promotes inflammation and cancer progression in rodents

  • Boy and bats spread Ebola in West Africa, say scientists

    A young boy playing near a colony of virus-infected bats may have precipitated the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, scientists said Tuesday

  • Anti-malaria drug combo boon for children

    A drug combination of artemisinin-naphthoquine should be considered for the treatment of children with malaria, suggests a study

  • Stress triggers desire to indulge in rewards

    Stressed people go to great lengths to satisfy their desire to indulge, such as running to a departmental store at midnight just to have a drink or sweets, shows a study

  • Jaundice cases rise to 1,547 in Odisha town

    Twenty-four new cases of jaundice were confirmed Wednesday in Odisha's Sambalpur town, pushing the total number of the waterborne disease in this district headquarters town to 1,547 since May

  • UN peacekeeper recovers from Ebola

    A Nigerian peacekeeper serving in the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has recovered from Ebola, media reported

  • Genome sequencing can identify hidden cancer

    Researchers have found that whole-genome sequencing can be used to identify patients' risk for hereditary cancer which can potentially lead to improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis and care

  • The mystery of gallbladder removal surgery

    A combination of factors besides severity of gallbladder symptoms puts a patient at risk of acute gallbladder attacks, thereby necessitating a removal surgery, but researchers found that patients in the highest risk category do not undergo the procedure

  • Immune cells spur hair growth

    In what could facilitate the development of novel treatment strategies for hair growth in humans, researchers have found that immune cells involved in wound healing can induce hair growth by surrounding and activating skin stem cells

  • Health motivates teenagers to lose weight

    Overweight teenagers begin weight-loss exercises not to impress their friends or on parents' advice but for health reasons, finds a study

  • Health special: Get a hot Hollywood body, Ramona Braganza style

    Getting fit isn’t rocket science, believes celebrity fitness trainer Ramona Braganza. She tells Deepali Dhingra how a few minutes of simple exercises every day can help you look svelte

  • Decoded: How human colour vision evolved

    Who got the colour vision first, humans or chimpanzees? According to biologists from Georgia-based Emory University, humans actually got the ability to see colours from gorillas and chimpanzees in the evolution process

  • Extra vitamin E can protect against pneumonia

    A little extra intake of vitamin E can help regulate an ageing immune system, protecting the body from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia, a research has found

  • Skipping meals make kids obese

    Children who skip any of the main meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner - and cling on to sugary foods are more likely to have excess body fat and an increased risk of having diabetes, heart disease or stroke, research has found

  • Naturally yours

    A homemade concoction when used in a spa setting can work wonders on your body. Rinky Kumar experiences one such treatment and comes away enthralled