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New research finding on the minimum therapy needed for good asthma control is good news for patients finds Tanushee Kar Allergic respiratory disorder, particularly asthma, is unique in that it defies the general pattern of incidence of most diseases. The prevalence of asthma is the highest in...

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Four seeds are at the forefront of nutritional research, finds Tanushree Kar Perhaps no other creation of Nature embodies the concept of a time capsule as perfectly as the seed of a plant. Designed to perpetuate the plant species to which it belongs and packed with vital reserves of...

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DreamIndia’s uniqueness lies in its smallness, says Mitali Patel Don’t we all think of ourselves as good human beings, irrespective of who we are, what work we do and how we think? Imagine for a moment that you have achieved your coveted goal; can you figure out how many people have...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes Umang’s efforts in rehabilitating children with cerebral palsy Umang, meaning zest or enthusiasm, seeks to inculcate just that – among a rather difficult target group that is generally regarded as being beyond hope – children afflicted with cerebral palsy. Persons...

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Sonya Wadhwani describes Shanti Avedna,  a unique hospice that allows the terminally ill to be cared for and die with dignity My teacher was suffering from pancreatic cancer and I remember wondering why she had to die so miserably. When I heard that she was going to be admitted to a hospice...

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The secret of strong bones lies in achieving a synergy between several nutrients, not just having calcium says Tanushree Kar With every major osteoporosis fracture, the risk of death doubles. Yet it is not taken seriously the world over”, says Professor John Eisman of the University of New...

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Aromatherapy, a term coined by the French chemist René-Maurice Gattefosse in the 1930s, involves plant extracts of select essential oils such as lavender, chamomile and tea tree. These are massaged into the skin, put in baths or inhaled. Although aromatherapy, in the past, has claimed to help...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee describes the efforts of Aseema in... In a swanky corporate office, has your attention been grabbed by a table calendar full of bright and happy drawings, obviously by children? The paintings reflect such warmth, and glow that it’s difficult to believe that they are the...

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Tanushree Kar and Nitya Parmeswaran describe Yuva Parivartan’s role in helping deprived youth to have a better tomorrow Mumbai is teeming with people and is evidently bursting at its seams. When a sizeable number of the people live below the poverty line in slums, it is but natural that 80%...

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The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats The well-known nutritionist, Anjali Mukherjee has emphasised the use of healthy fats in her book Healing with Food where she says that since all oils and fats are made up of fatty acids, it is the individual...

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Radhika Nair describes a novel way of using palyful pets to assist in therapy Vinod, a resident of Cheshire Home has been on a wheelchair for the past 25 years. His hands and legs are immobile; he was depressed most of the time and did not get out of his room much. That is, until Angel, a...

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5 factors to focus on when your company has been acquired With all the euphoria in the country about the Birlas and Tatas acquiring companies abroad, it is difficult to ignore the fact that large corporates and their surrounding universe will continue to be consolidated through mergers and...

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Loss of sleep affects concentration, cognitive speed and precision, workingmemory, reaction time, reflexes, overall behaviour and emotions In Japan, the late 1980s -- a time of skyrocketing real estate and stock prices -- were years of the infamous baburu keiki or Bubble Climate of the Japanese...

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Tanushree Kar describes a Pune-basedorganisation that identifies, develops and utilises skills specific to each disabled In almost all her films, Aparna Sen has depicted a physically and mentally challenged character because, as she said, she had to make society at large remember that they do...

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Gandhiji’s idea about nutrition are interesting but unknown In the 1940s, when India was neither poised nor rising, Mahatma Gandhi had written about the nation’s health with a focus on the common man. One is amazed by the depth of his knowledge about nutrition -- a diet which he recommended...

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Dr Nita Mukherjee finds out how a women’s group has been preserving learnings from the past for sustainable development Protecting traditional knowledge linked to genetic resources and ensuring that communities share in profits obtained from its commercial use has acquired significance since...

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Recovering from chemotherapy, multiple surgeries, including brain surgery, Lance Armstrong went on to win the most gruelling athletic event. It was all in his mind! Lance Armstrong is winner of professional cycling’s most gruelling race (a three-week, 3,000km run through the most arduous...

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Tanushree Kar reports on the remarkable  initiative of a top design expert, Vanamala Jain, to train women living in slums in the art of pottery One person can make a difference - perhaps the adage can be applied perfectly to Vanmala Jain - a teacher, entrepreneur and homemaker. Her interest is...

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It’s important to make sure your working environment is “back-friendly”. Here are some ideas Today’s office workers, whether at a call centre in Gurgaon or manning the new frontier in wired skyscrapers at Nariman Point, are learning the hard way about work-related health disorders. The press...

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Tanushree Kar finds a unique organisation in Pune that looks after children between 0-4 years Twenty cherubic faces look at you expectantly, some of them laboriously trying to stand up and put out their hands to touch you. They are all between 8-10 months old and their smiles are enough to melt...

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