Cosmetic Surgery : Go under the Knife

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

Chinese Students are Now Getting Plastic Surgery to Ace Job Interviews

Students in China are seeking the help of plastic surgeons with hopes that enhancing their physical appearance can give them better chances at job interviews.  Students were greatly influenced by their parents who undergo cosmetic procedures themselves.

Did Shania Twain Get Plastic Surgery?

The doctors suggest that Shania had regular Botox and filler injections and also underwent a nonsurgical treatment that uses ultrasound waves to tighten and tone skin.

Are we moving towards a world where we will have to ask “how could so many people look so beautiful, but so similar?”

According to the Huffington Post, 91% of plastic surgery patients are women and only 9% are men. Majority of women are interested in breast implants and rhinoplasty, while men commonly ask for non-invasive procedures, such as Botox for a youthful appearance, or surgical procedures to combat common fat deposit areas, such as the stomach.

Cosmetic procedures are on the rise. Removing fat from places where it is unwanted and injecting it to shore up a sagging chin, buttock or breast is a big trend. Patients aren’t shy about what they’re tweaking

The surgery is carried out to reshape patients features based on a set of beauty standards, which are accepted by the cultural-societal perception of beauty of each geographical region.

What is Cosmetic Surgery ?

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Help your children enjoy science: Parents buckle up

Help your children enjoy science

There is considerable concern regarding a future where industries around the world will face shortage of high quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers to meet the demands of the labor market. This is definitely a point of concern, especially since robots, AIs and chips would be running the future generation.

Leaving aside getting a job, even for a student of today, citizen of tomorrow to even comment on issues around them like what kind of robots should be employed at their office or home or what would be the impact of carbon foodprint or what technology should be applied to make their work done most efficiently, they must be aware of science and technology.

 It is important to invest in STEM education to ensure a future talent pipeline, it’s just as important to have a scientifically-literate population to understand why we need to do so. – Ron Mobed, CEO Elseveir

One day we’re going to look back and whatever this era will get called, it’s going to put a premium on math and science. We should prepare our future workforce differently. – Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM

Why is this happening ?

Currently Science learning is more of mugging up and boring with less focus on understanding it with appropriate reasoning and facts.

Would like to share a small story from Einstein’s life…..

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Oral Health Goes Modern

Oral Health Goes Modern

Dentistry has come a long way since the olden times, when people in many cultures believed that cavities were holes bored by tooth worms. This is the age of digital dentistry. Usage of x-rays, dental drills and manual removal of decayed tooth is going to be history soon. The field of dentistry is constantly evolving, changing, and advancing and is becoming more efficient and natural-looking for the patient’s as possible.

Let us take you through some cool developments in dentistry, which surely would be of use to you…..

Smart Toothbrush:

This is the age of Artificial Intelligence and why should ‘Brushing’ be left behind : image

This is the age of Artificial Intelligence and why should ‘Brushing’ be left behind. Products are already available in the market that are designed to help users improve their oral health, by providing feedback about brushing techniques collected by integrated artificial intelligence (AI). This would be a great hit with parents as they would be able to track their kids brushing habits.

  1. Oral-B SmartSeries electric toothbrush : http://connectedtoothbrush.com/
  2. Ara from Kolibree: https://www.kolibree.com/en/ara/

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Improve oral health and Rediscover your Smile

We are amidst a global oral disease epidemic. Nearly 100 percent of adults have had cavities

Oral health is an important contributor to overall health and well-being. Oral health touches every aspect of our lives.  Oral health means more than just healthy teeth- it includes the health of the gums, oral soft tissues, chewing muscles, the palate, tongue, lips and salivary glands. Good oral health enables an individual to speak, eat and socialize without active disease, discomfort or embarrassment. It is integral to general health and well-being.

We are amidst a global oral disease epidemic, and the statistics are startling: nearly 100 percent of adults have had cavities.

Oral disease is one of the most common public health issues worldwide with significant socio-economic impacts. Oral health is affected on a daily basis by various forms of oral diseases, mainly dental caries and periodontal disease, and occasionally by oral cancer, lesions in HIV/AIDS, mucosal and salivary gland diseases, and orofacial pain and clefts. These oral disorders are collectively the commonest chronic diseases in mankind with great impacts on vita functions, self-esteem, quality of life.

It is currently recognized that oral diseases are worldwide epidemic and a major public health problem.

The facts on Oral health are disturbing : based on WHO 

  • Worldwide, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities
  • Globally, about 30% of people aged 65–74 have no natural teeth
  • 16-40% of children in the age range 6 to12 years old are affected by dental trauma due to unsafe playgrounds, unsafe schools, road accidents, or violence
  • In young children, there is a relationship between dental caries and childhood obesity
  • Dental caries, also known as tooth decay or cavities, is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in humans
  • Dental cavities and periodontal disease are major causes of tooth loss
  • Birth defects such as cleft lip and palate occur in about one per 500–700 of all births.
  • Severe periodontal (gum) disease, which may result in tooth loss, is found in 15–20% of middle-aged (35-44 years) adults
  • Oral cancer is the eighth most common cancer globally
  • Oral disease in children and adults is higher among poor and disadvantaged population groups
  • Almost half (40–50%) of people who are HIV-positive have oral fungal, bacterial or viral infections
  • Because of the high prevalence and recurrent cumulative nature of caries and periodontal disease, the mouth is among the most expensive parts of the body to treat in some countries such as Japan, Australia and Germany
  • Several oral diseases are linked to non-communicable chronic diseases or conditions that share common risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease
  • With the growing consumption of sugar in the developing world as a result of westernization, the levels of dental decay are likely to rise

Impact of lifestyle on Oral Health:

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Why do women crave chocolate so much

Women tend to desire chocolate much more than men

Women desire chocolate much more than men. Women crave chocolate, and approximately half of the cravers crave it specifically around the onset of menstruation. Chocolate cravings appear to exist in 40% of females and 15% of males, three fourths of whom claim that no other substance will appease their desire.

Chocolate affect the brain, leading to an increase in neurotransmitters and dopamine and a feeling of happiness sets in. Chocolate increases serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood, sleep, and reduction of anxiety.  Women have a natural decrease in serotonin in the brain in the week before menstruation, so this may partially explain the specific craving for chocolate during this time.

Chocolate affects the brain of women in a different way. The brain of some men and women were scanned using MRI and it was found that chocolate affected the activity of the amygdala more in the brain of women. The Amygdala is a part of the brain that can affect emotions and sexual desire.

Scientists have speculated that chocolate consumption may be even motivated by magnesium deficiency, especially because magnesium deficiency is associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Chocolate and cocoa powder both contain exceptionally high concentrations of this nutrient.

What make women chocolate addict

What make women chocolate addict

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Predictive Genetic Testing : Angelina Jolie, Anne Wojcicki, Anu Acharya

Predictive Genetic Testing

 

Angelina Jolie hit the news headlines in early 2013 by announcing her decision to go for elective double mastectomy after testing positive for mutated BRCA1. People from around the world suddenly came to know about ‘ Predictive Genetic  Testing’. The impact was really big. A retrospective study performed at a Toronto hospital in 2014, for example, reported that the number of women referred for genetic counseling skyrocketed by 90 percent in the six months after Jolie’s announcement. The number of women at the hospital identified as BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers during that period jumped by 110 percent.

Why Predictive Genetic Testing is important

 “Error” in our genes (called “mutations”) can cause disease and predictive genetic tests help to confirm the disease probability in advance.

“Error” in our genes (called “mutations”) can cause disease and predictive genetic tests help to confirm the disease probability in advance. image
  • Determine whether you would get Cancer or other chronic illness in future
  • Determine whether your unborn child is prone to genetic disorders like Downs’Syndrome
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can prevent a couple from having a sick child
  • For couples who worry about passing along hereditary illnesses 
  • For children with diseases like autism, genetic testing can inform their pediatrician of specific contributing genetic factors influencing the severity of their illness. 
  • From infants to teens, parents can use genetic testing to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis
  • Help in avoiding unnecessary clinical investigations
  • Help in taking preventive measures to reduce the risk and severity of the disease in the future

Finally, Preventative care is the best solution for successfully treating or avoiding future illness

Angelina jolie effect

Predictive Genetic Testing ?

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How to Raise Healthy Children

The best time to start good dietary habits is during the early years

Complete food, Best growth formulation, Power food, The best health drink – these are tag lines used by various health drink or growth supplement brands. But in reality, there is nothing called complete food. Children need dozens of nutrients every day to maintain growth and development. Offering children the right balance of nutrients –carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals – that can maximize their growth potential and brain development, has become a great challenge for parents. Especially in an age where there are more junk or processed foods than healthier or homemade foods. House becomes a battle ground as children are all in favor of processed foods.
Start eating healthy at early years
The best time to start good dietary habits is during the early years. Researchers suggest that the best way to get children to achieve balance in their diet is to teach them very young and lead by example. This is very essential as nutrition in early life play a crucial role in deciding how health will turn out in later life. Diet, exercise and other aspects of children’s daily interaction with the environment have the potential to alter brain health, mental function and physical performance.
Rather than blindly following ‘balanced diet chart’, ‘best brain food’, ‘top food for growth’, it’s essential to understand where the bond with food begins and how food, nutrients and human body interact. A deeper understanding about food and human body would help parent to dish out right amount of nutrients for their children.

Food preference first develops in the womb

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Prodding little deep into our obsession with Fairness

Let’s understand the important point – No fairness cream can make the individual fairer than the skin with which the person was born.

There’s a creation story in Thailand. In the beginning god created man. At first, he cooked the people too much (dark skinned people). Then he cooked them too little (pasty westerners). Finally, he cooked them just right (light skinned Asians) .

Skin color is determined by the degree of pigmentation of the skin which depends on the melanin content of the keratinocytes. It is the body’s natural protection against solar ultraviolet (UV)  radiation. But all over Asia, the bias towards fair skin that has come from colonial hangover is still on. From Korea to Japan to Thailand to India, dark skinned people are obsessed with fairness cream . That being said, this issue is not just unique to South Asia. Whitening creams are sold by leading brands like Olay, Ponds and many other favorite brands in Africa, the Caribbean and even in the Middle East .

Fairness cream and Facts:

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Science of Samosa

“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa.

The Indian samosa is one among the family of stuffed pastries or dumplings popular from Egypt and Zanzibar to Central Asia and West China. Arab cookery books of the 10th and 13th Centuries refer to the pastries as sanbusakc , sanbusaq or sanbusaj. From Egypt to Libya and from Central Asia to India, the stuffed triangle with different names has garnered immense popularity. Originally named samsa, after the pyramids in Central Asia.

 

Biggest secret to popularity and survival over the centuries is its different varieties of fillings catering to carious tastes across the globe. In Kazakhstan, for example, a somsa is typically baked and has a thicker, crumblier crust. Fillings generally range from minced lamb and onions, meat, and even pumpkin. The Hyderabadi luqmi, on the other hand, is strictly meat-filled and far crustier than the regular samosa consumed elsewhere in India and Pakistan. In our globalized world, the growing popularity of fusion food has witnessed the advent of the pizza samosa, chowmien samosa and the macaroni samosa. Dessert varieties inspired by western cuisine include the apple pie samosa, and the chocolate samosa.

Pizza samosa
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“Samosa” is from the Sanskrit word meaning “the solution (to your hunger) is contained within”, so named because all the needed vegetables and spices are contained inside the samosa. 

 

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Make this Valentine’s day special with ‘Love Potion’

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’

Valentine’s day is around the corner. Everybody is on last minute purchase for their loved ones. Gift alone may not be enough. Gift, Love and little bit of love potion will definitely do the trick. Love potion is a combination of  scents that can create a soothing and relaxed feeling. Odors can work wonders upon the human mind and body when it comes to getting passionate.

Smell has a strong bond with love, that’s why romantic films show the forlorn hero smelling the sweater or pillowcase of a long lost lover. Aromas elicit emotional responses

Scientists have discovered a potion that really does have a aphrodisiac effect – with women who have inhaled it finding their partners 15 per cent more attractive. The spray contains syntocinon, a synthetic form of the hormone oxytocin, which is naturally released in the brain when people fall in love. Researchers at the University of Bonn in Germany are behind this discovery. Vero Labs bottles oxytocin like perfume and promises to help people build “relationships that were never possible before.”

Love will be in the air on Valentine’s Day in the form of chemicals called pheromones or ‘Signature Odour’.

 

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