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World Bicycle Day: The health benefits of cycling

Dr Harsh Vardhan marked the beginning of his second stint as Union Health Minister by cycling to work on the occasion of World Bicycle Day, welcoming the benefits of cycling for health and the environment. In a tweet, the Minister cited cycling as his favourite sport and said the activity is a “simple, affordable, reliable, […]

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World Hypertension Day: Avoid high blood pressure, know your numbers

Hypertension is a silent disease. It affects millions of Indians and responsible for 10.8 percent of deaths in the nation. This year, World Hypertension Day is being observed with the theme “Know Your Numbers”, highlighting the importance of screening for high blood pressure and ensuring it is kept under control. The occasion is observed annually

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Why your eating habits matter for your health

In 2017, one in every five deaths globally was due to poor eating habits according to a recent report published in The Lancet. “This study affirms that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world,” author Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

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Why your desk job is a risk to your health

A new study has established a relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the kind of sector of work among urban Indians. The research, published in the journal Economics and Human Biology, suggests a positive correlation between a high BMI – an indicator of obesity – and labour market activity. Put simply, the study could

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