Why you should not be copying Kareena Kapoor Khan’s motherhood lifestyle blindly

There’s just no stopping Kareena Kapoor Khan — not even pregnancy and subsequently, motherhood. While most women chose to avoid the public eye when sporting a baby bump, Kareena Kapoor Khan was more socially active than ever, from walking the ramp to doing magazine shoots. And just three days after her delivery, Kareena had a party at her home. Unlike her fellow female actresses (Kajol, Ashwarya Rai Bachchan and Rani Mukerji, who took a break from films), Bebo, who delivered in December, was to start shooting next month for Veere…

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Lonely pet birds parrot human lifestyle ailments

Abizarre combination of loneliness, space shortage and the sheer gorgeousness of exotic avians has resulted in a new epidemic—bird depression. Other than mental illness, these birds are also being diagnosed with human lifestyle diseases such as obesity and diabetes. A growing number of people are adopting exotic birds as pets, prefering them to dogs and cats because they are easier to manage in small flats. The popular choices are African grey parrots (average cost Rs 40,000), Australian cockatoos, South American macaws (both for around Rs 1 lakh)—all known for their…

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Fit & Proper: Thyroid disease as a lifestyle problem

Thyroid gland disorders are fairly common in India with prevalence rates ranging from 11 per cent to 13 per cent, one of the highest globally. The country at present harbours 42 million individuals who suffer from one or more forms of thyroid disorders. Hypothyroidism, or a reduced thyroid gland function, is the most common form of thyroid disorders in India, affecting one in 10 adults. The rates of hyperthyroidism, a disorder with overfunctioning thyroid activity, vary across different regions and are relatively less common.   Iodine is essential for thyroid…

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Now, get updated on health of structures

Researcher showcases it at new flyover in Thagarapuvalasa in Visakhapatnam A city-based engineering expert has developed state- of-the-art real-time vibration and condition monitoring systems using photonic technology to assess the structural health of railway track, bridges, and other infrastructure. Patent applied The breakthrough, for which patent application has been submitted, was showcased at the new flyover at Thagarapuvalasa, about 40 km from here, before Director-General (Road Development), Ministry of Transport and Highways, S.N. Das, on Saturday. Mr. Das told The Hindu that they would consider examining the efficacy of the…

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Gene editing can complement traditional food-animal improvements

Gene editing — one of the newest and most promising tools of biotechnology — enables animal breeders to make beneficial genetic changes, without bringing along unwanted genetic changes. And, following in the footsteps of traditional breeding, gene editing has tremendous potential to boost the sustainability of livestock production, while also enhancing food-animal health and welfare, argues UC Davis animal scientist Alison Van Eenennaam. She will examine the potential benefits of genome editing Friday, Feb. 17, at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, to be…

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Health fears grow over fashionable ‘grumpy’ flat-faced cats

First it was dogs, now its flat faced cats who are paying the price of being in fashion. Persians, British and Exotic Shorthair cats are increasingly suffering from health problems because their characteristic shortened muzzle features have become more extreme through breeding. Vets have warned that this can lead to breathing difficulties, along with eye and skin infections, because of constricted nasal passages. In some cases the cats even have problems picking up food because of their flattened ‘grumpy’ faces. A recent study by researchers at the University of Edinburgh…

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It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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A hotspot for health care

Contours of a booming industry: The health tourism market is booming in Turkey with the number of medical tourists travelling there for plastic surgery, hair transplants, nose surgeries and organ transplants doubling in the past two years. Clients, predominantly from Arab and European countries, often come in tour groups. Turkey’s Health Ministry is looking to boost the numbers of medical tourists to two million and eyeing a revenue target of $20 billion by 2023 by introducing tax-free health-care zones targeted at foreign patients. Picture shows a patient being prepared for…

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What we love about food in 2017

Grape, Olive, Pig by Matt Goulding Few writers immerse themselves so fully in their subject as Matt Goulding, whose first book Rice, Noodle, Fish was a deep dive into the obsessions at the heart of Japanese food culture and an OFM favourite. Goulding’s beat is understanding places where food and life remain intertwined, so where better for him to write about next than Spain? His wife’s family are Spanish and bonding with them meant helping his father-in-law, Angel, in the annual slaughter of a pig, helped by great uncle Chacho,…

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Food investments

As February is a month of budgets — or namely, the Budget — it made me think about food in a similar way. If getting the best out of your investments is indeed the goal, why not maximise the time and resources spent on food? The fact is that all food aren’t created equal and some do absolutely nothing for either your well-being or your health. To that end, I thought I’d chime in with those that offer the best returns on investment. Carbs I think one the biggest and…

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