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Google search data reveals weight loss searches have increased over time

Google search data reveals weight loss searches have increased over time

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Washington: Google search data shows that weight loss searches have increased over time while those on obesity have decreased. The research, conducted by European Association for the Study of Obesity, suggests a normalisation of obesity in society.   Dr Aditya S. Pawar and colleagues studied data of awareness about obesity over the last twelve years worldwide. They used Google Trends which is based on the number of times worldwide the terms 'Obesity', 'Weight loss 'and 'Obese' were searched for using Google between January 1, 2006 and December 31, 2017. The program assigns a reference value of 100 for the point of maximum popularity among the search terms, and provides relative monthly scores for all terms, which were termed relative interest scores (RIS). The resu...
Nipah virus: SP G Jaidev nips Malaysia ‘rumour’ on Mohammed Sabith

Nipah virus: SP G Jaidev nips Malaysia ‘rumour’ on Mohammed Sabith

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 Doctors and other staff in the casuality wing of the Ernakulam General Hospital wearing protective devices as a precautionary step in the wake of detection of Nipah virus in Kerala, on Tuesday. (Photo: SUNOJ NINAN MATHEW) KOZHIKODE: Mohammed Sabith of Perambra, the first victim of Nipah virus, had not visited Malaysia as alleged by some media reports which said that he had contracted the virus from Malaysia.   His relatives have denied the rumours about his visit to  Malaysia. The  district collector had asked the  Kozhikode rural police chief to probe the veracity of the reports.   “We are on it. It’s not about Malaysia alone, but the different places Sabith had visited recently. No Malaysian  link has been established till now...
Another Nipah virus death in Kerala takes toll to 13

Another Nipah virus death in Kerala takes toll to 13

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KOZHIKODE: Even as the incidence of fresh cases of Nipah virus came down, a woman under treatment at the Kozhikode Medical College hospital passed away on Saturday, taking the death toll in Kerala to 13, officials said. A majority of the deaths have been reported from Kozhikode, while others were in the nearby Malappuram district. Close to 200 patients in these two districts are being treated in hospitals, with 26 under observation and three who have tested positive under intensive treatment. Five medical professionals are being sent to Delhi for an intensive course at the Safdarjung Hospital to learn the treatment protocols. Nipah virus is transmitted to humans through infected fruit bats, pigs or other Nipah-infected people. With test results showing that a particu...
Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

Nipah virus does not worry city’s Malayalee community

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Nagpur: As Nipah virus infection takes a toll in Kerala, people from the state living in Nagpur are keeping track of the developments back home. The fact that the virus has infected people in only two districts of Kozhikode and Malappuram, those hailing from other districts are not having much concerns. “I belong to the Alleppey district where there is no such fear,” says SS Nair, president of Nair Service Society in the city. “In fact, byelections are going on in my district and this virus fear has not had any impact on poll-related activities,” he says. “The virus has spread in only two districts and it is all peaceful and safe elsewhere in the state,” says Radhkrishnan, member of Hindu Mitra Mandal, a community organization in the city. “People returning from the stat...
Diabetes management significant in holy month

Diabetes management significant in holy month

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Chennai: As the holy month of Ramzan commences, people with health complications like diabetes need special attention during this phase of fasting. This is because fasting during Ramzan can be risky or may result in various issues for the person fasting if his or her dietary restrictions disturb the overall equilibrium of the body.  During Ramzan the health hazards include low sugar reaction, high sugar reaction, dehydration and acute metabolic complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis. Maintaining a balanced sugar level during the month of Ramazan with the advice of the experts is significant for diabetes management, say diabetologists.    Diabetics with type 1 and type 2 diabetes on regular multiple doses undergo complications while fasting as they food intake is n...

Exercise your legs for a healthy brain

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Exercising your legs is necessary for a healthy brain and nervous system, said a new study that showed that neurological health depends on signals sent by leg muscles to the brain and vice versa. The results gave doctors new clues as to why patients with motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, spinal muscular atrophy and other neurological diseases often rapidly decline when their movement becomes limited. Reducing exercise makes it difficult for the body to produce new nerve cells — some of the very building blocks that allows one to adapt to stress and challenges in life. “Our study supports the notion that people who are unable to do load-bearing exercises — such as patients who are bed-ridden, or even astronauts on extended travel — not only lose muscle mass, but their body...
‘The Magic Pill’ Documentary Claims the Ketogenic Diet Can Heal Basically Everything

‘The Magic Pill’ Documentary Claims the Ketogenic Diet Can Heal Basically Everything

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Photo: Netflix The ketogenic diet has been surging in popularity, so it's no surprise that a new documentary on the subject has emerged on Netflix. Dubbed The Magic Pill, the new film argues that a keto diet (a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb meal plan) is the best way to eat—so much so that it has the capability of curing cancer, obesity, and liver disease; improving symptoms of autism and diabetes; and reducing dependence on prescription drugs in as little as five weeks. If that sounds like a stretch to you, you're not alone. The film has raised red flags about the potential to mislead audiences that there is a "quick fix" solution to serious medical conditions, some of which have perplexed even the most educated and committed researchers. The film follows several ...
Money Is the Best Motivator for People to Quit Smoking, New Study Finds

Money Is the Best Motivator for People to Quit Smoking, New Study Finds

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Cash is king when it comes to getting employees to quit smoking, according to a new study. “The very best way to help them quit is to offer them money,” Dr. Scott Halpern, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania and lead author of the study told CBS News. The study, published by The New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 6,006 smokers at 54 U.S. companies. Of those, the researchers classified 1,191 as “willing to quit,” according to Reuters, then gave them different tools to help. One group received literature about the benefits of quitting along with positive encouragement to quit smoking (less than 1% of those quit for six months). Another group was given free...