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Small but vital

It is quite tiny but vitally-important for numerous tasks in the human body. Each and every cell requires the hormones emanating from this gland not only to regulate cell-differentiation but also for cell energy consumption. The rate of metabolism and the hormones secreted from the thyroid are inextricably linked, says Consultant Endocrinologist Dr. Chaminda Garusinghe [...]

Ambarella:Packed with nutrients and keeps you trim too

Ambarella, yet another fruit in the ever-expanding list of exotics has quickly gained in popularity with its wide scale commercial availability. Botanically, Spondias dulcis (syn. Spondias cytherea) the fruit belongs to the family Anacardiaceae,and is considered to be an under-appreciated member in the family which includes the mango, Mangifera indica, and cashew, Anacardium occidentale. The fruits that are [...]

Forgetting – A sign of Dementia?

Have you had the experience of forgetting the name of a person you should know? I have, and it is quite embarrassing.  More than that it is worrying.  The question on your mind would be, ‘am I getting dementia?’  The world population is aging, and as the greatest risk factor for dementia is age, the [...]

Happy to be home after successful bone marrow transplant

It is a joyous reunion in Colombo, with three-year-old Yenuli exchanging many hi-fives with Dr. Sachin Suresh Jadhav from India. Even though she is oblivious to the life-saving role played by Dr. Jadhav, her mother, father and grandparents are only too aware of how their lives may have changed without the doctor’s intervention. The family’s [...]

Killing us sweetly with sugar

Our cells need sugar for energy, therefore, it is only natural that we have a deep love for sweetness. But how much sugar we consume, and where we get it from has changed dramatically over the years.The key word in research conducted on over-consumption of sugar is “added.” A healthy diet contains a significant amount [...]

Getting your chest to toe the line like the rest of your body

Bigger is officially no longer better when it comes to bosoms. The Triumph Female Confidence Report found that nearly half of women want smaller breasts, and with breast reduction operations rising by 13 per cent worldwide last year – it’s clear we really are bored of the bountiful bust. And no more so than after [...]

Night caution for smart phone users

Are you a frequent mobile phone user? If your screen time takes place primarily in the dark you run a potential risk of developing serious vision problems years down the line, warn medical experts. We spoke to Consultant Ophthalmologist Dr. H. Palihakkara about this, and what you can do to minimise such damage. The biggest [...]

Always hungry? Go for a walk

Many of us survive on salad leaves or deny ourselves treats in order to lose weight. But scientists have now discovered that going for a brisk walk could be the key to curbing hunger. Exercising is more effective than restricting food to help us limit our daily calorie intake, researchers found. Women put on a [...]

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