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Signs that you may have had COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus may have been around longer than we originally thought. So people may have had the virus and recovered from it without knowing. Some telltale signs could indicate that you’re one of those people.

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Third-hand smoke and its harmful effects on children

The dangers of smoking and exposure to smoke have been well-documented for many years. Researchers have recently discovered third-hand smoke. It is the residue of tobacco smoke that remains on surfaces and in the air after a cigarette is smoked. It sticks to almost everything in a smoking area, including skin, hair, clothes, furniture, floors, dust, car seats, and pet hair and feathers. Inhaling third-hand smoke gases or touching contaminated surfaces can expose people to these chemicals.

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Catch Cortisol if you can!

Cortisol is widely known as the body’s stress hormone. Chronic stress harms our mind and body. “It’s not stress that kills us, it’s our reaction to it.”

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Blaming others is a sickness

“He who blames others has a long way to go on his journey. He who blames himself is halfway there. He who blames no one has arrived.” – Chinese Proverb

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How to protect your skin this winter

From dry hands to chapped lips to cracked heels, see the top cold-weather threats to your skin - and what you can do about them.

3w ago| Star Health

Eating and staying healthy in old age

Nutrition deserves special attention as people reach an older age and is essential for good health. Healthy ageing is associated with physiological, cognitive, social, and lifestyle changes that influence dietary intakes and nutritional status. The process of ageing involves changes in every tissue and all vital organs.

Fading the age spots

Age spots are characterised by their flat, dark appearance and their small size. They range in size and most frequently show up on areas of the body that are exposed to sunlight, such as the face, hands, shoulders, and arms. Age spots, also known as sunspots, liver spots, and solar lentigines.

Injected Semaglutide for obesity in adolescents

A new type of drug, technically known as Glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists lower weight in obese adults, and one such drug (liraglutide) also is U.S. FDA approved for adolescents. Now, in an industry-sponsored trial, 201 adolescents (age range, 12–17) with body-mass index (BMI) ≥95th percentile (mean BMI, 37 kg/m2) were randomised to receive weekly injections of the GLP-1 agonist semaglutide or placebo for 68 weeks, along with behavioral lifestyle therapy.

Dopamin detox, the reality

The book ‘Dopamine Detox’ has become popular. A chemical messenger, dopamine,  is produced in the brain. It plays a role in our body movement, memory, and motivation. Dopamine levels are associated with neurological diseases.

The burden of bacterial infections, the second leading cause of death globally

Common bacterial infections were the second leading cause of death in 2019, and were linked to one in eight deaths globally, according to an analysis published in The Lancet.

When jealousy become toxic

Once, Buddha said, ‘it is not love that is blind, but jealousy.’ Today social scientists agree that jealousy is a difficult human emotion that can hold us back from attaining happiness and wellbeing. But, some may think jealousy is a normal human emotion like tasty but unhealthy sauce in food which under certain circumstances can be life-threatening.

For many, TB treatment can be cut from six to two months

A promising study presented at The Union World Conference on Lung Health 2022, the TRUNCATE TB trial, has revealed that some people who have tuberculosis (TB) can be treated in as little as two months, as opposed to six months of treatment that has been the standard of care in most countries since the 1980s.