Don’t let stress get to you, it can damage your sperm quality and fertility

Do you lead a stressful lifestyle, are the demands of your job leaving you stressed? Then, the chances are your fertility may be affected, especially if you are a man. Latest research conducted by the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and Soroka University Medical Center in Israel show that just two months of stress may damage a man’s sperm and slash his chances of having children. Stress leaves you with low sperm motility, which makes it less likely for the sperm to fertilise an egg. (Istock) What the study shows…

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Run, Don’t Walk to Replace Your iPhone Battery

HIGHLIGHTS Apple last month acknowledged it slows down iPhones with older batteries Apple apologised for not communicating this to users, and dropped prices Users can get their battery replaced for significantly less money now Rarely is tech advice this cut-and-dry: If you bought an iPhone in 2016 or earlier, make an appointment at a Genius Bar (or Apple support centre) as soon as possible. Apple just started a program that can make old iPhones feel new again – for just $29 (Rs. 2,000 plus taxes in India). An Apple store or repair shop will…

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5 Amazing Benefits Of Spring Onions We Bet You Don’t Know

Spring onions not only taste great but are also extremely healthy for the body. Commonly known as scallion or green onion, this is the most preferred Chinese ingredient which is loaded with essential nutrients. Both the green leafy part and the white bulb of the spring onion are edible. It tastes a little milder than the regular onion and can be cooked or eaten raw as well. Most Chinese appetizers have spring onions as one of their key ingredients. Apart from this, it is one of the healthiest options to go for. Here’s…

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Best Maharashtrian Breakfast in Mumbai: Don’t Miss These Street Corner Maushi Joints

I used to visit an office in Bandra East where I worked as a consultant a couple of years back. This was when I took my first steps towards being a freelance food-writer from being a ‘full time’ market researcher earlier. I used to go to the office twice a week. The high point of my day there was at 11 am when I would step down for a late morning snack, a sort of mini brunch. On most days, I would head to the stall of Mr Kamble, an…

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Why higher levels of education don’t necessarily mean higher levels of tolerance

It’s often said that a person’s tolerance rises with their education level. So on this basis, the higher a person’s educational attainment is, the more likely they are to accept racial or ethnic minorities. Studies often show that young people are also more welcoming in their attitudes to outsiders. This is thought to be largely because they have higher levels of education than older age groups. So, you would expect that society as a whole becomes ever more tolerant and enlightened as new, better educated generations steadily replace older, less…

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Why Fashion and Politics Don’t Mix

Remember back in November when bemused Clinton backers wept in their ateliers and Parisian designer Sophie Theallet rallied designers to join her in boycotting the new FLOTUS? Well now fashion, the entity, is having a change of heart. Nicole Miller is the latest American designer to support the idea of dressing the next First Lady, Melania Trump. The designer told the Observer she’d be honored to dress her, “Melania used to come to my atelier for castings and I remember her always having a good attitude. She looks great in…

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Don’t use newspaper to pack food, says FSSAI

CHENNAI: If you are about to squeeze the oil out of a bajji at a roadside stall with a piece of newspaper, stop. Use of newspapers to wrap, pack or serve food is common in India. But the country’s top food safety authority has now drawn public attention to its dangers. The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a country-wide advisory, raising an alarm over the harmful effects of the printing ink that may get absorbed in food. The newspapers have harmful pigments and binders. Used…

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Bad news: Don’t wrap food in newspapers, printing ink contains harmful colours

Wrapping food items in newspaper is bad for your health as its ink has multiple bioactive materials with known negative health effects, the Food, Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) said on Friday. “Wrapping food in newspapers is an unhealthy practice and the consumption of such food is injurious to health, even if the food has been cooked hygienically,” FSSAI said in an advisory. “Printing inks may also contain harmful colours, pigments, binders, additives, and preservatives. Besides chemical contaminants, presence of pathogenic micro organisms in used newspapers also poses…

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Don’t Panic, Printing of New Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 Currency Notes Began Months Ago

New Delhi: The printing of the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 currency notes started around six months ago, and utmost secrecy was maintained at all levels to keep the decision to recall the existing denominations of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 under wraps. ALSO READ: Govt Scraps Existing Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 Currency Notes, to Introduce Rs 2,000 Notes Top government sources told CNN-News18 that the new series of Rs 2,000 notes reached RBI only two days ago. “Training was given to bankers at all levels over the…

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Higher education has collapsed in India, we just don’t know it yet

The failure of Indian education system is stark when seen in light of the fact that thousands of students every year go abroad for college education. European universities and even the European governments seem to have a more definite plan for Indian students than India. A graduate degree in India is mostly a farce in most of the colleges. There is hardly any education imparted and it is seen as more a stepping stone for a masters or a necessity to do something else. Students file into colleges spend their…

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