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Who would have thought that the heart can get inflamed and infected too! The heart is made up of various structures. These structures are prone to infections due to various reasons. One such structure is the pericardium, which is a thin sac-like membrane around the heart. Inflammation or infection of this pericardium is called pericarditis. To tell us more about this condition, Dr. Amar Singhal, Head of the Cardiology Department at the Delhi-based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, shares his expert insights. View Slideshow »
Mental health is just as important as physical fitness. The World Health Organization estimates that, globally, 154 million people suffer from depression and mental health illnesses. Exercise has long been described as a natural ‘high’. This is because undertaking some activity can make a huge difference to a person’s mental health. Many studies and clinical trials have shown that being more active provides particular benefits including: Improved mood, reducing symptoms of stress, anger and depression, alleviating anxiety and reducing cognitive decline. Continue Reading »
Ice cubes are a good way to cool your drink on a hot and humid day like this, but did you know that there is a lot more that you can do with these ice cubes? Right from de-puffing your eyes to soothing acne, here are a few ways to include ice cubes to your beauty routine. Continue Reading »
In the last few years, a new health discipline called patient safety has emerged. The primary aim of this field is to safeguard a patient’s health and ensure that their wellbeing is not jeopardised by any treatment they receive. The need for this practice arose because the number of mistakes made by medical practitioners was increasing drastically. Given the nature of medicine, even the smallest mistake can have very harmful consequences, with some even proving to be fatal. While some margin of human error is unavoidable, measures should be taken in order to prevent unnecessary deaths. View Slideshow »
Acne is one skin aliment that will give you sleepless nights. It doesn’t make for a very good ‘close-up pic’ for Facebook and becomes a bother when you're dressing up for that important social event. However, stressing over acne will only amplify the skin problem. Yes it’s true, stress can affect acne. We take a look at the link between stress and acne and why stressing over acne will just make it worse. Continue Reading »
Whether you eat bread for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it is vital that you pick a healthy bread. Find out which bread is healthier- white or brown! Continue Reading »
The more you read about the death of comedian and actor Robin Williams, the more you begin to think about depression as a much bigger phenomenon than just a dip in one's mood. Suicide is one of the most extreme cases of depression but there are quite a few signs that indicate depression. If you notice these signs of depression in your loved ones and friends, it is essential that you take the appropriate measures to help them cope with it. View Slideshow »
There’s a war that refuses to stop inside the hearts, minds and souls of soldiers. Soldiers not only suffer on the battlefield, but for many years post war. Veterans often need long-term care due to the physical and psychological impact of war. See how war affects a soldier’s mind. Continue Reading »
Today, every pregnant woman must undergo HIV testing as it is very crucial for them and their baby. Dr. Uma Rani, Senior Consultant, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Delhi based Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute says that women must get the tests done at the initial stages of pregnancy because a mother who gets to know early in her pregnancy, that she is HIV infected, will have more time to take decisions on effective ways to protect her health and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Read on to know more about mother-to-child transmission of HIV and how you can protect your baby. View Slideshow »
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