Posts tagged ‘health’

August 23, 2011

Genie in a Bottle

I don’t smoke and I can count the number of smokers in my social circle in the UK on one hand.  The reverse is true in India: I can count the number of NON-smoking friends on one hand, I probably wouldn’t even need the hand to count.  Almost everyone I know in Delhi smokes and they are shocked every time I refuse a fag like they are trying to test me and most of them call me a good girl – are they calling me a geek?

One of my acquaintances in Delhi

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August 18, 2011

Do I Know You?

New drugs to selectively wipe bad memories are being debated in the US.  Controversial to say the least, these drugs have been developed to help trauma victims wipe out their experiences and are being touted as potentially more effective than therapy. However…I think their potential for misuse is wide.

Our personalities are made up of memories, good and bad and whether a memory is bad enough to be wiped is subjective. 

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August 16, 2011

TV Times Up!

A new study in Australia found that watching TV for an hour a day can reduce our life expectancy by 22 minutes per hour! Is this a silly season story or should we be worried?

The researchers from the University of Queensland found

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August 2, 2011

Please Recycle Me

Two interesting stories on the same larger issue: organ donation.  A man is recovering in hospital after receiving an artificial heart transplant and new applicants for a UK drivers licence will now have to complete information regarding organ donation.

The man who received the new hi-tech heart is still waiting for an organ donor for a real heart

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August 2, 2011

Anorexia At The Age Of Five

Anorexia is an awful eating disorder as an adult so I cannot imagine what it is like for a five years old. Yesterday’s Independent reported that children as young as five were receiving treatment for Anorexia and the figures showed some alarming trends in young children today, especially girls. Image conscious celebrities, internal messages in magazines and peer pressure on children were blamed for the disorder. I can see these reasons could be influential for an teenager or an adult, but I have difficulty relating them to a five years old? Therefore, I am led to wonder how much of the disorder in children so young is caused by the environment in which they are growing up?

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August 1, 2011

Pessimists Live Longer…Oh Yeah?

A study that began a staggering eight decades ago, called The Longevity Project, back in 1921 following a group of around 1,500 children is finally ready with its findings and some of them are rather surprising.

Contrary to popular belief

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July 29, 2011

Empty Nest Syndrome

The summer before your child goes to university comes the realisation that life is going to change forever.  Recently, I have encountered a number of mothers coming to terms with their first born leaving home. They are filled with fear, vulnerability,  sadness and loneliness. Strangely, it is like they are preparing to grieve.

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July 28, 2011

Legally Addicted

Prescriptions  for pills have soared 70% over the last decade.  Is this good news or bad?  My immediate reaction was to shake my head and lament at the hypochondriacs that must be fuelling the figure and others who would rather pop a pill for their problems rather than take responsibility for their diet or lifestyle choices.  However,

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July 28, 2011

Step-Sister’s Shoes

They probably wouldn’t see the positive side but it’s just as well that the ugly step-sisters never made it into Cinderella’s shoes.  We all sort of know ill fitting shoes can be bad for us.  Not only giving us cuts and blisters on our feel but bad shoes can give us back pain and hip problems too.  I think this is especially the case in Delhi.

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July 26, 2011

Mother Care

Recent reports and reviews of maternity units and last night’s Panaroma programme have highlighted the failures of maternity units up and down the country.  With a baby boom of one child born every 40 seconds, patient to midwife ratio at 32 to 1, and complications and fatalities increasing, it is even more evident that good quality maternity care is vital and demanded.

This particular subject is very close to my heart as my own birth story nearly ended up as a tragedy totally due to an understaffed unit and appalling midwife care.

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July 18, 2011

Bugsy’s Beauty Tip

The latest beauty product I am recommending is a carrot!

Research released by a British research team found

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July 11, 2011

Fruit In A Pill

A new supplement was launched in the UK today called Juice Plus+ promising to give us the same vitamins as our recommended five a day fruit and veg.  Thing is, a while back the government said it just made the five a day portion up as it was catchy and a number that was easy to remember.

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July 7, 2011

Calorie Counting

Imagine going for a lovely meal with a date, partner or a friend and you look at the menu and each item has a calorie count next to it? What do you choose, the lowest calorie dish or the dish you really want to eat despite the calories? How would you feel that the person or people that you are dining with can see how many calories you are consuming?


Laugh as you may, but this could really happen. Calorie counting on menus is popular amongst top end restaurants and brasseries in New York and other American cities and now has hit the UK. Michelin Star chef Alex Gauthier introduced calorie counts to his menu in his Soho restaurant Gauthier last week.

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June 21, 2011

Om Shanti Om

Dear Diary

I had a very stressful ten days recently, coping with daily change to my workflow in Delhi. I find my team here to be so unreliable and irresponsible it is sometimes hard to cope. I am not a scary Alan Sugar type boss, I just want a strong and supportive team.

I have tried asking my assistant to think over the weekend about how we can improve communication as we constantly misinterpret each other. She looks at me with a blank expression

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June 14, 2011

Dr Death

You may have heard that Dr Death, aka Jack Kevorkian, died earlier this month.  It is believed that he assisted with 130 suicides, which earned him the moniker.  He took on the US authorities by actually filming himself giving a lethal injection to a patient, for which he received a prison sentence.

This is a hot topic as BBC2 showed adocumentary last night of Peter Smedley committing suicide.

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May 31, 2011

Moth Attack

Moth balls are apparently back in fashion.  This is due to an infestation of the clothes ruiners (not an official word) this summer, even the Defra offices have had to be fumigated.

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May 24, 2011

I’m Every Woman

Dear Diary,

The pleasures of “me time”, that I once relished as a single woman, are now reduced to stolen moments of drinking a cup of tea in peace, blow drying my hair without someone asking me to do something or indulging in a home face mask when the kids have gone to bed.

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May 18, 2011

The Cashew Crunch

What would drive women to abort foetuses and choose a life without children?

In a village in Kerala where cashew nuts grow and are treated with endosulphan pesticides, women have chosen these drastic self imposed measures to prevent serious birth defects in children born as the surrounding soil and water became contaminated. 

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April 18, 2011

Nip And Tuck For God

Dear Diary,

My little nephew had his circumcision last week.  I know that boys in many religions and cultures go through this process but I feel it’s wrong.

I know that health benefits are cited and of course God

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April 14, 2011

Clash of the Titans

Recently, I have been listening to peers talk about their ill fated relationships with their mother-in-laws. In each circumstance, I am speaking to modern, educated brides who have quite traditional mother-in-laws. Their worlds are clashing and they are struggling to keep hold of and impart their values.

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April 13, 2011

Melodramatic or Understandable?

A prominent story in one of India’s broadsheets today details the sad tale of two sisters found starving in a flat in Noida (a large city beside Delhi).  The sisters inflicted this upon themselves after suffering from severe depression.

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April 6, 2011

Boob Tube

We probably own dozens of them in all different colours and styles but most women are still unfortunately wearing the wrong bra size.

I recently changed bra size at the advice of my sister.

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April 5, 2011

Things We Take For Granted

Ah, pasteurised milk…who ever cared one second about it as we go about our daily lives?

I draw attention to it as I am currently suffering from a severe infection

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April 1, 2011

Brain Soup

No, this isn’t a grisly recipe from The Chatterjis kitchen but about cell phone radiation.

A new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association indicated that keeping your mobile near your head when you sleep

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March 30, 2011

Jilted by a Period

A year ago I was told of a bride who had to cancel her wedding because she was on her period. A year long preparation had to be called off at the last minute. The poor groom was left standing. The brides family were extremely religious and believed that a girl could not go under the Mandap (Hindu wedding alter) when she was menstruating, it was bad luck and the marriage would be doomed.

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March 25, 2011

Dealing with Diabetes

Dear Diary,

I was astounded to read that a new bride was being coerced into eating Indian sweets by her mother-in-law even though she is Diabetic.

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March 9, 2011

March is Endometriosis Month

March is endometriosis awareness month in the USA. As this is  a disorder that affects many women all over the world, I thougth I would raise awareness on this forum.

I personally know of five women with endometriosis. It is a painful disorder

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