Nipah Virus: What Is It and How to stop It

Nipah virus

With toll from Nipah virus rising  and fear psychosis gripping people across Kerala and rest of South India, it’s necessary to understand this deadly virus and its spread pattern and symptoms in detail.

Origin of Nipah

This RNA virus  was first identified in 1998 at Kampung Sungai Nipah, in Malaysia. At that time, pigs were the intermediate hosts. But, in subsequent NiV outbreaks, there were no intermediate hosts. In 2004 in Bangladesh, humans got this virus by consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats.  Two outbreaks of Nipah happened prior in India  in West Bengal in 2001 and 2007 killing 50. 

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How to raise a child with Down Syndrome ?

How to raise a child with Down Syndrome ?

Are you a parent of a child with Down Syndrome. Are you engulfed with feelings of loss, guilt, and fear.

 Do understand, you are not alone in this battle. You will find lot many like minded parents, resources and support around which will help you to raise your child in the best possible way. 

Meet Miss Devanshi Joshi. She won 2017 Helen Keller award. She did her early education at regular school and cleared class X and XII through NIOS. She is a great dancer and photographer too.

Down syndrome
Miss Devanshi Joshi

Now she works as a store manager at Gram Bharat and she is leading an independent life. She has even won  President’s National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disability for best employee. Looking at her life one can understand that children with Down syndrome can lead a normal life.

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Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone with Shaving Cream

Puffy Paint Ice Cream ConeSummer holidays are coming to an end. We thought of giving it a grand closure by making a Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone with SHAVING CREAM !!

I believe that the best way to get your child interested in science is by doing SCIENCE stuff with them…

This is the fourth post by me under ‘Fun with Science’ section

 

Ingredients used:

Puffy paint ice cream cone

  • Shaving cream
  • White Glue
  • Food color or Poster color
  • Paint brush or Ice cream sticks
  • A4 Paper

How to make Puffy Paint Ice Cream Cone  :

Take an A4 paper and paste on it a brown cardboard piece cut in the shape of a cone. Draw over it stripes. Then draw scoops over it with pencil. You can draw as many scoops. We drew two scoops and one cherry.

Puffy paint ice cream cone

Take some shaving cream to a bowl and to it add equal amount of white glue. Then add a color of your choice and mix it up

Puffy paint ice cream cone

Spread the colored shaving cream to the paper carefully

Last step….Keep the paper for drying

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How to Clean your Home after Being Sick

How to Clean your Home after Being Sick

 

No offence…I know we all are particular in keeping our house clean. But then how many times it has happened that one member falls sick and remaining all family members follow the suit or after being down with illness your child fall sick again immediately…. It happens right. The truth is, though these germs are too small, they are contagious, can spread fast and can stay alive for quite some time…waiting to pounce on next victim.

You need to follow strict cleaning practice, especially when a family member falls sick. You have to continue this practice for few more days even after the person recovers from illness. This is to wipe out all germs from your house completely.

 Did you know the fact that bacteria doubles in 20-30 minutes. So even a single cell of bacteria is left, it can grow into millions in a single day !

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Pre-Teen Acne: Be Alert from the Beginning Parents

Pre-Teen Acne

Start of puberty is occurring earlier than in the past.  Acne is no longer viewed as a teen phenomenon. Dermatologists are seeing patients as young 7 and 8 years reaching out to them for acne treatment. Also early acne is a little more common in girls than boys. Indeed a matter of concern for me as I am mother to two daughters.

Acne  includes everything from  whiteheads, blackheads, pimples, nodules to cysts. It leave behind blemishes and scars which can lead to emotional distress. Pre-adolescent acne can progress from whiteheads to inflamed bumps. It occurs mostly on the forehead, nose and chin. The worst is, according to doctors kids with pre-teen acne will have more severe acne in adolescence.

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Did you know we inherit these 5 traits from our Mother

Mother's day post

Let me kick of this Mother’s day post by giving a big salute to my Mom.

I am sure we all agree that mom has played a key role in transforming us into what we are today… even if we are like two peas in a pod or totally chalk and cheese. You would be surprised to know that it’s just not at behavior level moms influence us, but she influences our genetic makeup too !

Intelligence comes from our mom

How intelligent a child is depends on mom, and not on Dad….science says so.  Genes for intelligence is present on X chromosome and women have two of these. But then things  are not just that simple. Mothers do have two X chromosomes, but they aren’t identical chromosomes, and of course, they get one of them from their fathers.

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10 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

10 Surprising Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is nature’s  magic potion. I am sure you would have already heard about some of its benefits. You will be surprised to know that, It is in use way back from 1958, from the time  doctor D.C. Jarvis wrote a book praising Apple Cider Vinegar’s benefits in treating everything from arthritis to diabetes to weight gain.

What’s in it ?

Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made by the fermentation of apple cider. During the fermentation process, sugar in the apple cider is broken down by bacteria and yeast into alcohol and then into vinegar. Like many types of vinegar, apple cider vinegar contains a substance called acetic acid. Apple cider vinegar also contains some lactic, citric and malic acids.

Is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar Better than Clear Vinegar?

Raw, unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegar with floating stuff inside alone can be used as a health tonic. The floating matter is not dirt, but a substance called as “mother” which is formed from pectin and apple residue. The minerals, amino acids and vitamins present in it, gives it a brown tinge.  Healthkart’s Apple Cider Vinegar comes with the ‘mother’ culture in it which contains beneficial bacteria and acids that helps you keep fit and healthy.

Healthkart’s Apple Cider Vinegar

What’s Good About Apple Cider Vinegar?

Aid in Weight loss

Research studies suggests that drinking apple cider vinegar can help to burn fat and lose weight. Acetic acid, key ingredient found in apple cider vinegar, helps with weight loss. A study carried out in 175 Japanese people in 2009, showed that continuous vinegar intake reduces body weight, BMI, and body fat mass. Apple Cider Vinegar also gives a feeling of fullness, because of which food intake reduces.

Lowers Blood Sugar

Research suggest that intake of small amount of apple cider vinegar can help to reduce blood sugar levels after a peak following a meal high in carbohydrates. Apple Cider Vinegar is very much beneficial for Type II Diabetes patients in managing their blood sugar level.  Acetic acid present in apple cider vinegar slows down the conversion of complex carbohydrates into sugar in the bloodstream.

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

Lowers Blood Pressure

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV can lower even blood pressure when consumed daily. It brings about better blood circulation by breaking down fat and phlegm deposits in the body and lowers pressure against the arterial walls.

Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Apple cider vinegar increases good cholesterol levels and decreases bad cholesterol. ACV reduces LDLs also known as “bad” cholesterol, which oxidizes in the blood stream and lead to the formation of plaque. Flavonoids in ACV scavenges free radicals and prevent cell damage and oxidative stress, reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.

Good medication for Gout

Many people with gout found instant relief after consuming apple cider vinegar, while others have reported relief after a few days. Apple cider vinegar breaks down uric acid crystals and prevents them from reforming in the joints. It also reduces inflammation and swelling in the joints giving it more flexibility.

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What is Carb Cycling ? How Does Carb Cycling Work?

Carb cycling for Fat loss
Carb cycling for Fat loss

Carbohydrate is very much a necessity for our body, but in excess leads to weight gain. The challenge lies in taking it in just the right amount, at right times. Carb cycling helps in losing weight by manipulating carbohydrate consumption by minimizing negative effects. Carb cycling is a way of  dieting that involves planned increases and decreases in carbohydrate intake.  This diet format which started with athletes and fitness models is now a favorite among common people to  lose weight.

How Carb Cycling Works

In carb cycling, the week gets divided into: no carb days, low-carb days and high-carb days

Carb cycling for Fat loss

NO CARB DAYS: Include vegetables in diet like leafy greens, onions, peppers and mushrooms along with good source of protein and fat in moderation. Total carb intake must be less than 25 grams per day.

Carb cycling for Fat loss

LOW CARB DAYS:  Total carb intake that comes from food intake must be less than 75 grams per day. Add in along with  veggies small portions of  any carbohydrate food like rice, rotis, potatoes and fruit.

Carb cycling for Fat loss

HIGH CARB DAYS: Women can consume between 150 and 200 grams whereas men can have up to 300 grams. But this also depends on physical activity level.  This day can be made into a day for cheat meal too, but do not binge eat.

This alternate cycle of No carb, Low carb and High carb will help to balance out energy requirement without making body to gain excess fat.

Simple science of Carb Cycling

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India’s 8 best online medicine ordering websites

good platform to order your medicine onlineThis is the age of online shopping and medicines too can now be bought through online portals. So no longer you need to go around searching for medical stores and nor you need to stand in lines. Order your prescription drugs, Over-the-counter drugs, child care products, wellness products from online stores.  You just need to upload your prescriptions, select quantity, provide shipment details and you will get them delivered at doorsteps at great discounted price. This is very much helpful for senior citizens, people on regular drugs and busy parents.

Practo

Practo

Practo is a good platform to order your medicine online. According to them they have the widest range of medicines online, sourced from trusted network of pharmacies and medical stores. One could download Practo app on to their phones and get their service on the go. One could avail their service across 100 cities in India.

Netmeds

Netmeds

Netmeds is owned by Dadha & Company.  They are one of India’s most trusted pharmacies, with over 100 years’ experience in dispensing quality medicine. In addition to prescription drugs, one could order wellness products, vitamins, diet/fitness supplements, herbal products, pain relievers, diabetic care kits, baby/mother care products, beauty care products and surgical supplies. There service can be availed by people living in even tier 2 and 3 cities.

MedplusMart

Medplusmart

MedPlusMart is one-stop shop for all your OTC and general product needs. From MedplusMart, one can buy products in three ways. 1) Online shopping – Place order online and get products delivered at home, 2) Click and Pick option – Select drugs over online and pick them from MedplusMart of your choice. You can choose your shop from a total of around 1400 stores. 3) Receive a Call back option – You can upload your prescription and MedplusMart customer Representative will call and confirm the order.

1 mg

1 mg

1 mg was founded in 2012 as HealthkartPlus. It was renamed to 1 mg in April 2015. Prashant Tandon, is the CEO and founder of 1mg. In addition to prescription drugs, wellness products, vitamins, diet/fitness supplements, one could order ayurvedic and homeopathic medicines. They help in even identifying generic substitutes, which are more affordable. 1 mg has more than one crore users. The website also has good content on health curated by reputed doctors.

PharmEasy

PharmEasy

PharmEasy is an online one-stop shop for all drugs and wellness products. This Mumbai based firm was launched in 2015. They deliver medicines across 710 plus cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Pune, Bengaluru, Jaipur, Thane and Ahmedabad. The website also has good content on health and wellness.

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12 Benefits of eating Mango : Mango Nutrition

12 Benefits of eating Mango
The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes

Mangoes are in !….. They are just not juicy and yummy, but can can help to decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality,  and can promote healthy complexion and hair, and increase energy.  It is the national fruit of India and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.

The risk of developing asthma is lower in people who consume beta-carotene, found in mangoes

Mangoes, help to prevent constipation  because of their fiber and water content and promote healthy digestive tract

Feed your kids mangoes. They can boost memory and concentration power as they are rich in glutamine acid,  an important amino acid for concentration and memory.

Mango nutrition

Mangoes contain large amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A  along with 25 different kinds of carotenoids, that can strengthen immune system

The high levels of fiber, vitamin C, and pectin present in mango help to lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body

Mangoes can aid weight loss, as they are low in calories and does not contain any sodium or fat. Mangoes can be a healthy snack substitute

It is also helpful to treat heartburn due to an enzyme present in it, which soothes the stomach

Eating mangoes regularly can help to avoid night blindness, refractive error, dry eye, softening of the cornea, itching and burning eyes

Mangoes are too good for pregnant women as it contains high amounts of vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, iron, and potassium

12 Benefits of eating Mango
Mangoes can aid weight loss, as they are low in calories and does not contain any sodium or fat

Mangoes rich in carotenoids can help to protect the body from lung and oral cavity cancers 

Clinical trial studies suggest that  antioxidant compounds in mangoes can protect against breast and colon cancer

Gallic acid which is the most abundant polyphenol in mango have anti-inflammatory and chemopreventive effects 

Treat yourself this season with Raw mango juice

Ingredients: Chopped Raw Mangoes, Honey and Water

Add in chopped pieces of green mango, water, and a teaspoon of honey into a juicer. Drinking this juice cools down body

But be watchful….

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