Category: Health

Pregnancy as performance art?

Childbirth is a beautiful experience for most mothers. So beautiful, in fact, that some of them want to show it to the whole world, like actress Shwetha Menon.



You know how we complain about pesky baby pictures on our friends’ walls on Facebook because we don’t want to be subjected to every little detail about the tiny one and how he spends his day? Actor Shwetha Menon’s baby has stolen all those babies’ thunder in a big way, because her mommy gave birth to her on Thursday on camera, and that’s going to be part of a movie!

Kalimannu, a Malayalam film, being directed by Blessy, is about the relationship of the baby with her mother, before and after birth, and during the delivery. Through her pregnancy, Shwetha acted in the film. Three cameras were positioned in her labour room, and kept rolling till 45 minutes after the baby was born and Shwetha kissed her on the forehead.

If you’ve started cringing a little already, brace yourself, because we’ve just begun. Shwetha’s case isn’t the first instance of childbirth being presented as performance art, and because we’d like to educate you in ‘pregnancy performance art’, we’re going to tell you all about these camera-friendly mommies.

Read more via Pregnancy as performance art? – Times Of India.

Get a perfect look

There’s a growing demand for cosmetic surgery in India. Though this phenomenon is not as widespread here as in the West, it is definitely picking up, particularly in the metros. Simal Soin tells us why this trend is getting prominent in the country

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Neha (name changed) works in a legal firm in Gurgaon. She is 34-year-old and has done well in her professional life. But ask her about her priorities, and she says without an iota of hesitation: “First, I need to get my lips in order. They don’t look good on my face.”

Neha is one of the many young, aspirant Indians who don’t desist going under the knife. She justifies this when she says: “I have achieved so much professionally, but when I look at myself in mirror, I get the feeling that I am not in control. No doubt, looks aren’t decided by humans. But why should I live with a face which I know I can improve?”

The trend is only getting more prominent by the day. Even the old, married couples aren’t behind. For some it is a way to beat the ageing process. For others, it is all about seeking an experience in the comfort of each other’s company. What’s interesting is that this yearning for beauty is not limited to women anymore. Neither do men nor women keep it a secret from each other anymore. They walk together hand-in-hand and declare to each other: Let’s grow younger together.

Men and women who have spent a better part of their lives are only too aware of each others’ flaws, and they do not mind getting tucked up here and there to cover them. Also, one witnesses growing demand for cosmetic surgery among old divorcees. Though this phenomenon is not as widespread in India as in the West, it is definitely picking up, particularly in the metros.

Read more via No age for a perfect look.

How to handle Migraine?

The pain can be intense and unrelenting. It can derail your daily routine, cripple your ability to think and function normally. Perhaps that’s why headaches may seem like a horrible curse for sufferers. The more chronic patients are often resigned to the pain and mistakenly feel that medical science has no answers. However, it is possible to find relief.

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When it’s all in the head: “There are two kinds of headaches — primary and secondary,” says Dr K Ravishankar, head of the Headache and Migraine Clinic at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre and Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai. “Primary headaches follow a definite repetitive pattern (cluster headache sufferers may find the headache cropping up at the same time every day). Migraine attacks are often linked to a trigger (unavoidable external conditions such as heat, sunlight or sweat) and it is usually a chronic condition, one that you may have had to deal with for years.” By contrast, with a secondary headache you will be able to establish an underlying cause such as an accident (head injury) or a tumour. There are structural changes within the skull cavity. Pain starts as a new complaint and can keep escalating in a very short time. A secondary headache can sometimes be life-threatening and will require deeper investigation through scans to confirm diagnosis.

You cannot however judge the nature of your headache based on the pain. “Paradoxically, primary headaches that do not pose any risk to your life can be extremely painful. And there are cases when the dangerous secondary headache could be associated with a mild headache,” says Dr Ravishankar.

Fortunately, secondary headaches are less common and for most chronic sufferers, it is migraine that does the most damage.

Migraine — a vulnerability of the brain: If you have a family history of migraine and experience frequent headaches that are accompanied by nausea, neck pain, intolerance to noise and light and if your symptoms last for 12-24 hours, leaving you tired and weak after an attack, then you suffer from migraines.

Read more via Managing MIGRAINE | The Hindu.

‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools

From the time they are born, we put our boys in blue beanies and our girls in pink ones. It’s a societal norm, an expectation even, that you just are what you are born – a boy or a girl.

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From early on, we divide toys and activities by very distinct gender lines, with superheroes and trucks and muck on one side and princesses and dolls and all things frilly on the other.

Many children land, enthusiastically, on the expected side. Others dabble in both “girl” and “boy” things. But what if your kid, even from an early age, mostly showed interest in doing opposite-gender things? More importantly, what if they wanted to be the opposite gender – or a less-defined mix of both? And what if they wanted to test those limits in public places, like school?

Would you let them?

via ‘Boy or girl?’ Gender a new challenge for schools | Fox News.

13 natural ways to lower your Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is one of the most preventable conditions. But it plays a contributing role in more than 15 percent of deaths in the United States, according to a new Harvard study. Although it causes no symptoms, high blood pressure boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure.

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Twenty-eight percent of Americans have high blood pressure and don’t know it, according to the American Heart Association. If you haven’t had yours checked in 2 years, see a doctor. While medication can lower blood pressure, it may cause side effects such as leg cramps, dizziness, and insomnia. Fortunately, most people can bring down their blood pressure naturally without medication.

via 13 Natural Ways To Lower Your Blood Pressure – ABC News.

Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB in lab tests

Vitamin C can kill multidrug-resistant TB in the lab, scientists have found.

The surprise discovery may point to a new way of tackling this increasingly hard-to-treat infection, the US study authors from Yeshiva University say in Nature Communications.

An estimated 650,000 people worldwide have multidrug-resistant TB.

Studies are now needed to see if a treatment that works using the same action as vitamin C would be useful as a TB drug in humans.

via BBC News – Vitamin C kills drug-resistant TB in lab tests.

Marijuana: The next diabetes drug?

Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.

Although marijuana has a well-deserved reputation for increasing appetite via what stoners call “the munchies,” the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that the drug has a two-faced relationship to weight.

via Marijuana: The next diabetes drug? –