The latest service to reach your doorstep: HEALTHCARE

Healthcare @ Doorstep

Indian consumers are opening up to a new service – Home based healthcare.

They offer the best of the service at the comfort of your home. Now children working abroad need not feel guilty of putting their parents to old age home, but feel happy that parents can get the needed support and medical care at their own home. Also in this busy world when everyone is on a rush and has no time to even perform a health check-up, it’s really a boon that service providers come home to collect blood, urine sample and post results through mail. They even offer doctor visit at home.

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Food we eat can contribute towards Climate Change

carbon ‘Foodprint’

Food’s carbon footprint, or Foodprint, is the greenhouse gas emissions produced by growing, rearing, farming, processing, transporting, storing, cooking and disposing of the food you eat. How the food is grown or raised and how the food is cooked –both contribute to the carbon footprint.

How Carbon emission is mapped to food?

To understand how carbon emissions is linked to food production, we have to look into all those processes that help in bringing  food from the field to our plates:

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Science of Making Yummy Curd or Yogurt

Make tasty and yummy Curd with science

Milk gets converted to tasty and yummy Curd. The credit goes to Protein Casein and Bacteria (mostly). Let’s explore the curd making process in depth. At the end of this, I am sure you will find your learning’s helping you in making better curd.

Little Chemistry:

In a glass of milk, complexes of casein proteins in the form of micelles  floats around. These complexes have negative charge, so they repel each other. When we add to it curd inoculum you are introducing loads of Lactobacillus strain of Bacteria which will make milk acidic.  This causes the casein complexes to change shape and also alter their charge. As a result, instead of repelling each other, the casein complexes coagulate, or come together. As they coagulate, they capture fat and lactose along the way and get combined into a larger and larger solid, which we see as curd.

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Cupcake Soap: Have you heard of it ?

The finished product resembles an edible cupcake

Making cupcake soap is part chemistry, part artistry

The image shown here should not be mistaken for cup cakes, these are ‘Soap cupcakes’. They are the best example of creative soap making. The finished results resembles an edible cup cake. For that matter the equipment and tools involved are also borrowed from there. You need Silicone ‘Cupcake’ moulds, Silicone or Plastic moulds for decorations, Hand sprayer, Measuring spoons,  Electric Whisk, Piping bag & nozzle.

 

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Know your Dog better with Science

Know your dog better with science

 

Dogs are man’s best friend. They have not become our close friend by accident, but science has a lot to tell on why we love them and why they love us back. If you are a person who has dog as pet you would be aware of many of its behavioral patterns like, what they want to convey by wagging their tail or going round and round before sleeping.

But did you know that most of these behaviors are not just instinctive or related to only your dog, but science have explained it through experiments the reason behind their behavior.

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Chikungunya ‘bit’ India in 2016: over 58,000 cases across country

Chikungunya is caused by Alphavirus and transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes

Chikangunya continued its menace across states in India from Kashmir to Kanyakumari.  2016, June – September months reported maximum number of cases across India, especially in Delhi and Karnataka.  As per data from National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, as of 31st Dec 2016, across country there have been a total of 58136 cases (actual numbers should be way more) .

Key findings:

  • Karnataka topped the chart with 13,506 cases
  • Delhi recorded a total of 12,221 cases. This definitely is a matter of concern keeping in mind the size of the state

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Can you bell Depression

 

  • Beat Depression

    WHO on Depression

    • Depression is a common illness worldwide, with an estimated 350 million people affected
    • Over 800 000 people die due to suicide every year. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds.
    • Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and is a major contributor to the overall global burden of disease.
    • More women are affected by depression than men.

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Dosa, Idli and Science

L. mesenteroides is the microorganism essential for leavening of the batter and, along with S. faecalis is also responsible for acid production

Dosa and Idli – Two common breakfast or snack options. Though it originated in south India, now you can find these two even in US and European restaurants. Chefs have been continuously reinventing these two by adding new flavors and altering the ingredients. At restaurants we get Plain dosa to Chicken tikka masala dosa.

Have you ever thought on how the batter of idli, dosa gets fermented as you are not adding any inoculate or microbe culture as in making curd or baking bread. All credit goes to microbes L. mesenteroides and S. faecalis.

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Approach Breast cancer with active surveillance

High time we move from disease care to preventive care

 

Breast cancer is currently the most common cancer detected in Indian women.  This cancer topped the chart in 2016 with 1,50,000 new cases ( Indian Council of Medical Research). According to the ICMR, 1 out of 22 women in India is diagnosed with breast cancer. While majority of breast cancer patients in western countries are postmenopausal and in their 60s and 70s, in India the average age is around 40-45.

 

High time we move from disease care to preventive care. This can be done by increasing disease awareness, initiating population-based breast cancer screening programs and making  breast screening available at more hospitals and healthcare centers at less cost. Through breast surveillance, cancers can be detected early when they are small and have not spread to lymph nodes making breast conservation possible as well causing reduction in mortality from breast cancer.

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