‘I am fortunate my mental health is more robust than my physical health’

Are you in pain now?” is a question I am often asked after revealing the infliction of my chronic migraine. “What, even now?” comes the dumbfounded response when I nod my head and comment that my pain has been relentless for 12 years now. “But you’re laughing!” they add. In writing this column about my experience with an invisible disability, I have been conscious about getting the tone right. The nature of hidden disabilities is such that much of the pain is out of view. With words, I have attempted…

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Stingrays Eat Food That Is Harder Than Their Own Jaws

If you’re ever in the Xingu River (a tributary of the Amazon River) in Brazil, look into the fresh flowing water! You might spot one of the endemic spotted rays that call this area home- the Xingu River stingray (Potamotrygon leopoldi). Not only are they unique because they are brilliantly colored and in fresh water, but they are part of an unusual group that eat prey that is tougher than their own jaw. This feeding method is call durophagy, and the fishes that consume these hard-shelled animals have evolved this…

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Fast foods less healthy now than 30 years ago: Study

Researchers found that the total number of starters, desserts and side dishes increased by 226 per cent, or 22.9 items per year. Fast foods less healthy now than 30 years ago: Study  |  Photo Credit: IANS New York: Despite the addition of healthy foods such as salads and sprouts to the menu, fast food is less healthy today than it was 30 years ago, and is increasingly contributing to obesity, say researchers. The study, led by Boston University, demonstrates that the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened (increased) over…

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10 Italian dishes that are more yummylicious than pasta and pizza

1. Popular foods of Italy that you must try! Loaded with cheese and tomato or rich meat-based sauces with a hint of pesto and olive oil, Italian cuisine is one of the most loved across the globe now. Most of us trust Italian cafes to grab the best varieties of pizza and pasta and often skip to try more sumptuous dishes on the menu, and believe it or not, in the process some of us are genuinely missing the real food. While there is nothing that can beat the deliciousness…

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Better Late Than Never? The Fashion Industry Is Finally Embracing The Plus-Size Woman

The average American woman wears between a size 16-18, according to research. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) One of the more cringe-worthy moments in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, about the struggles of aspiring-journalist Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, working for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor of fictional Runway magazine, happens in the office cafeteria. Andy observes to art director Nigel, played by the amazing Stanley Tucci, that all the other girls at the magazine don’t eat anything. He says, “Not since two became the new four and zero became…

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9 ways to use lettuce other than in salads

1. Interesting lettuce recipes Think of lettuce leaves and the first thing that comes to mind is-‘salad’. But come on, don’t you think the fresh green leaves deserve more in terms of identity than just a boring plate of salad? Well, we think they do, and that’s why we decided to share some interesting and tempting variations of lettuce leaves that you won’t be able to ignore. From sinful wraps to cheesy cups, the healthy leaves have turned unhealthy to suit your taste buds and trust us, they are worth…

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Cheesesteak Potato Skins Are Even Better Than The Classic Sandwich

The classic combination of thinly sliced steak, peppers, and onions topped with melty provolone cheese has gotten us pretty far at Delish. We’ve stuffed them into egg roll wrappers, on top of crusty bread, and even soup. One territory we haven’t delved as deep into is a TGI Fridays staple: the humble potato skin. Once we made these Big Mac potato skins, though, we were hooked. They can be a great bar snack, or, in this case, an entire lunch or dinner. C’mon, it’s got veggies, protein, and yes, potatoes don’t offer much, BUT…

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Omega-3 Fats In Fish Eight Times More Effective Than Flaxseed Oil, May Prevent Cancer: Study

HIGHLIGHTS Omega-3 fats present in fish should be chosen over flaxseed The study was conducted to compare the cancer fighting potency There are basically three types of omega-3 fatty acids If you haven’t added fish to your daily diet, it is time you do so. According to a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, the omega-3 fats present in fish should be chosen over flaxseed and other oils for prevention of cancer. The researchers have discovered that marine based omega-3 fats are about eight times more effective at…

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Americans more concerned about health care than taxes in 2018

A mom and her children visit their pediatrician. Photo: Dominick Reuter / AFP via Getty Almost half of Americans in a new Associated Press-NORC poll say health care is their top concern going into 2018. Health care outpaced other issues, like taxes, immigration and climate change, by more than 15 percentage points. Why it matters: Congress and President Trump rushed to pass an overhaul of the tax system after failing to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Although Republicans may not spend more political capital on health care next year, the issue won’t go away as the public…

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Parents, keep in mind: Less than 20% urban kids in India eat fruits once a day

Only 18% of urban children in grade six to 10 in India eat fruits every day, show the results of a survey, revealing poor eating habits of a vast majority of kids in the country. At 14%, the proportion of children eating protein once a day is even lower, showed the survey by Podar Education Group which runs over 100 schools spread across the country. The survey involved responses from 1,350 parents of children studying in grade six to 10 in India’s metro cities. The results showed that only 35%…

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