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  • Yoga postures: Beat bad breath with yoga

    Yoga postures: Beat bad breath with yoga
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    Your company is hosting a party for a recent success and every employee and board member is going to be there.

    You are dressed in your best evening gown, matching accessories and a pair of gorgeous stilettos to compliment your look. People are admiring and complementing your look. Everything is perfect, until you notice that your breath has started to smell bad; perhaps because of that starter you just had! People notice this too and keep the conversations short and move away quickly. What could've been a perfect evening to impress your bosses quickly turns into a disastrous one.

    We all have experienced similar situations in our life. Bad breath, clinically known as Halitosis, is an unlucky charm that makes you uncomfortable and kills your confidence. Though most would feel that lack of brushing the teeth properly is the only reason for bad breath, this may not be entirely true.

    Bad breath may be caused due to:

    - irregular food habits,

    - improper digestion,

    - less intake of water and type of food consumed.

    Yoga Postures: Beat Bad Breath with Yoga

    Researchers believe that people with dry mouth are more prone to bad breath. Smoking and alcohol fouls your breath too. The white deposition on the tongue also serves as home to a lot of bacteria and thus fouls your breath.

    While oral hygiene should definitely be given priority, you may find that bad breath keeps coming back no matter what measures you adopt to counter it. At such times, one must look at options such as Yoga. Though yoga may be perceived as a physical workout regime, it also helps overcome problems such as bad breath. It also helps calm the mind and reduces stress.

    A few simple postures that will help you beat that bad breath:

    Kapal Bhati pranayama

    Sit comfortably with your spine erect. Place your hands on the knees, palms open to the sky and breathe in. As your breath out, pull your stomach in. As you relax the navel and abdomen, the breath flows back into your lungs automatically. Repeat this for 20 times.

    Sheetali pranayama (Cooling breath) Stick your tongue out and curl the sides of the tongue upward towards the center of the tongue. Breathe in through the mouth, hold the breath and slowly exhale through the nose. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

    Sheetkari pranayama (Cooling breath) Close the right nostril with your right thumb. Exhale completely through the left nostril and then breathe in through the left nostril. Close the left nostril with your little ring finger and exhale through the right. Repeat 5 to 10 times.

    Yoga Mudra Sit in Padmasana or Sukhasana. While keeping your eyes closed, bend your body forward until your forehead touches the ground. Relax in this position and then return back to the starting position. Repeat this 5 to 10 times.

    Simhasana (Lion pose) Kneel down on the yoga mat and place your right foot below the left buttock and vice versa. Place your hands on the knees, spread out the fingers and lean forward. The weight of the body should be on the hands while the hands remain straight. Open your mouth and stick the tongue out. Eyes should be wide open and face muscles tense. Your gaze should be fixed on the tip of the nose or at the center of the eyebrows.

    Shankha Prakshalan

    The most advanced and popular technique or Kriya that cleans out the entire Gastro Intestinal tract. It involves drinking one and half liters of lukewarm salt water and then doing specific Yoga Asanas.

    Tips for optimum oral hygiene:

    - Brush your teeth twice daily preferably with natural toothpastes

    - Use a tongue cleaner to get rid of depositions on the tongue

    - Clean your mouth with a few gargles after each meal

    - Drink plenty of water Keep away from alcohol and tobacco

    - Reduce meal size, chew properly Avoid eating food with excessive garlic or onions

    - Avoid eating junk food

     

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  • Rs 60 test detects early-stage prostate cancer

    Rs 60 test detects early-stage prostate cancer
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    A test that costs less than $1 (Rs.60) and yields results in minutes is more sensitive and exact than the current standard test for early-stage prostate cancer, US-based researchers say.

    The simple test, developed by University of Central Florida scientist Qun "Treen" Huo, holds promise of early detection of one of the deadliest cancers among men.

    It would also reduce the number of unnecessary and invasive biopsies stemming from the less precise prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test that is now being used.

    "It is a simple test. It is much better than the test we have right now, which is the PSA and it is cost-effective," said co-author Inoel Rivera, urologic oncologist at Florida Hospital Cancer Institute.

    When a cancerous tumour begins to develop, the body mobilises to produce antibodies.

    Huo's test detects that immune response using gold nanoparticles about 10,000 times smaller than a freckle.

    Gold nanoparticles are known for their extraordinary efficiency at absorbing and scattering light.

    When a few drops of blood serum from a finger prick are mixed with the gold nanoparticles, certain cancer biomarkers cling to the surface of the tiny particles, increasing their size and causing them to clump together.

    Huo and her team developed a technique known as nanoparticle-enabled dynamic light scattering assay (NanoDLSay) to measure the size of the particles by analyzing the light they throw off.

    That size reveals whether a patient has prostate cancer and how advanced it may be.

    Although it uses gold, the test is cheap. A small bottle of nanoparticles suspended in water costs about $250 (Rs.15,000) and contains enough for about 2,500 tests.

    "Because it is low-cost, we are hoping most people can have this test in their doctor's office. If we can catch this cancer in its early stages, the impact is going to be big," the authors noted.

     

    After lung cancer, prostate cancer is the second-leading killer cancer among men. Read more here:formal dresses

  • Resentment over hold on tobacco pictorial warnings

    Resentment over hold on tobacco pictorial warnings
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    The central government's decision to postpone implementation of pictorial warnings that asked for more space on tobacco packaging from April 1 has saddened many, including health associations.

    Reacting to the decision, the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) said it was feeling let down by the government's decision to hold the implementation of pictorial warnings with increased area.

    "We are feeling very let down by this decision and shocked that the health ministry revoked its decision because it may have a financial impact on revenue from the tobacco industry and overlooked their impact on the illiterate and children.

    "Any country which is serious about the socio-economic development of its citizens will not take unjustified one-sided decisions of this nature," VHAI chief executive Alok Mukhopadhyay said at a press conference here.

    This decision made parliamentarians, doctors, cancer patients, international and national experts, youth and civil society ask "which way is India going?"

    "The announcement has come as big setback to public health as it is contrary to the assurance Health Minister J.P. Nadda gave while speaking at a public event on World TB Day that his ministry will keep to the deadline of April 1, 2015, to implement larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products," Mukhopadhyay said.

    Monika Arora, director for health promotion at the Public Health Foundation of India, also expressed the same sentiment.

    "Time and again, tobacco companies have made baseless arguments in their efforts to dilute strong pictorial health warnings and delay their implementation," Arora said.

    "India must act fast to protect its people, especially youth, from the dangerous effects of tobacco use, and pictorial warnings are an effective way to communicate harms to those with poor literacy status."

    Earlier in the day, Health Minister J.P. Nadda said the Committee on Subordinate Legislation has recommended the postponement of the government's decision to implement pictorial warnings that asked for more space on tobacco packaging from April 1.

    The minister to reporters that increase of the pictorial warning area should be kept in abeyance as all stakeholders were yet to be consulted.

    "We want to discuss it with all involved and then a decision would be taken on the issue," Nadda said.

    BJP MP Dilip Kumar Gandhi, who is also the chairperson of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation, in a letter to the minister had recommended that the decision to implement the increased labelling be postponed as the financial impact on the parties concerned was yet to be examined.

     

    "The impact of the notification on workers and manufacturers of the bidi/cigarette and tobacco industry in India and its financial impact as a whole on the revenue needs to be examined," Gandhi said. Read more here:MarieProm