Don’t let work stress ruin your relationship

Today, work stress is a part of life. It gets really worrisome, however, when it begins to take a toll on your relationship. When it comes to relationship busters, work stress has gradually made its way to the top of the list. These tips will help you keep it from ruining your relationship:

Leave work at the office: Work, these days, keeps you glued to your gadgets. You need to choose a time when you can disconnect. Everyone needs to do what it takes to keep their jobs but taking calls or reading mails during meal times, conversations or in bed could make it difficult.

Have some quiet time: When work is stressful, leaving the office every day could feel like retreating from a war zone. While your partner may understand, nobody looks forward to being with a person who is perennially grumpy. When you leave work, have some quiet time to yourself to calm down and then be with him.

Limit the venting out: What is venting out to you might be cribbing to your partner after some time. Cut down on it, avoid repeating the same things and also make a conscious effort to ask and genuinely listen to how his day went.

Balance with positives: It might be difficult to make time but you need to balance the negatives with positives. Spend time being affectionate or doing fun things together. This will maintain the happiness levels in your relationship and also leave you rejuvenated enough to resume work the next day.


Why Hugging Your Baby Is Scientifically Good For Your Little One’s Health And Well Being

A full hug has been touted to bring with it more than just a deep-seated feeling of connection with others as disclosed in the past few years. A regular warm embrace is said to entail several health benefits.

In fact, according to research conducted by researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University in 2015 people with more perceived greater social support and hug more often are 32 percent less susceptible to developing a common cold.

Hugging reduces the stress that is often responsible for compromising immunity levels

After all, hugging is a marker of intimacy that helps generate feelings strong enough to help people in the face of adversity, claims lead author of the study Sheldon Cohen.

Turns out that hugging your baby can bring with it a host of health benefits that most of us may have been overlooking up until now. Our very own celebrity’s behavioural patterns over their babies are a testimony to the fact that babies benefit and therefore need to physically intimate with their mothers.

“Your heart doesn’t beat inside you, it is outside in someone else’s body. When you look at your baby, you realise that.” — Kareena Kapoor — Kareena Kapoor Khan (@KareenaUpdates) February 6, 2017

Celebrity mother Mira Rajput would rather stay at home than be away from her baby, and actress Kareena Kapoor Khan took no time in getting back to the groove after her son was born. Here’s why you need to spend quality time hugging your baby as much as possible.

Prerna Kohli, a Clinical Psychologist, associated with Huggies throws some light on the emotional benefits of hugging your baby:

Makes them sleep better Snuggle your child for a couple of minutes before they doze off, to ensure a good sleep for child and yourself. Hugging relaxes the body and has a therapeutic effect that helps a child sleep better.


Reduces stress A child who is hugged feels relaxed and safe as their levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) decreases with this physical expression of love.

An important point that a Huggies survey highlighted was that 90 per cent doctors and experts believe that a newborn child can recognise their mother’s hug. They can identify their mother by engaging their primary instincts and senses, such as recognising her scent and voice.

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Sharad Tandon a Cardiologist at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon speaks about a few little known scientific benefits of hugs for your little one

Boosts immunity Snuggles and cuddles in which the participants’ hearts get pressed against each other boosts the immunity by promoting the production of white blood cells by stimulating the thymus gland. This helps keep your child healthy and free from diseases.

Helps to heal Do you know that hugs help heal diseases? This again is attributed to the release of oxytocin. That’s why parents of premature babies are encouraged to have skin-on-skin contact to help them grow and develop. Experts swear by the theory that a mother who recently conceived heals quickly after delivery if she is immediately left with her baby undisturbed.

With inputs from IANS


Running a marathon? Beware of kidney injury

The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running. (Source: Thinkstock Images) The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Gearing up for a marathon race? Beware, the physical stress caused by running may cause kidney injury, researchers, led by one of Indian-origin, have warned.

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In the study, 82 per cent of the runners had Stage 1 Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) soon after the race. AKI is a condition in which the kidneys fail to filter waste from the blood.

The researchers stated that potential causes of the marathon-related kidney damage could be the sustained rise in core body temperature, dehydration or decreased blood flow to the kidneys that occurs during a marathon.

“The kidney responds to the physical stress of marathon running as if it’s injured, in a way that’s similar to what happens in hospitalised patients when the kidney is affected by medical and surgical complications,” said Chirag Parikh, Professor at Yale University in Connecticut, US.

Although kidneys of the examined runners fully recovered within two days post-marathon, the study raises questions about potential long-term impacts of this strenuous activity at a time when marathons are increasing in popularity, the researchers said in the paper published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Previous studies have shown there are also changes in heart function associated with marathon running.

For the study, the team analysed participants who took part in the 2015 Hartford Marathon. The team collected blood and urine samples before and after the 26.2-mile or 42-km event.

They analysed a variety of markers of kidney injury, including serum creatinine levels, kidney cells on microscopy and proteins in urine.

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Indian cities may face deadly heatwaves due to global warming, warn scientists

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Global megacities like Kolkata could face annual deadly heat waves like the one that claimed over 2,000 lives in India in 2015, even if global warming is halted at the levels struck under the Paris deal, scientists have warned. Nations supporting the 2015 Paris Agreement have pledged to limit global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

However, extreme heat events are expected to occur ever more often as the two degree Celsius limit is approached, researchers said.

An analysis of 44 of the 101 most populous “megacities” showed that the number of cities experiencing heat stress doubled with 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, researchers said.

The trend would potentially expose more than 350 million additional people to heat stress by 2050, if population continues to grow as expected, researchers said.

“As the climate warms, the number and intensity of heat waves increases,” said Tom Matthews, a climatologist at Liverpool John Moores University in the UK.

“Research has shown this to be the case for the global warming experienced to date, and our research is the latest to show that we can expect even larger increases as the climate continues to warm,” Matthews was quoted as saying by ‘Health Day’.

Even if global warming is halted at Paris goals, the megacities of Karachi in Pakistan and Kolkata in India could face annual conditions similar to the deadly heat waves that gripped those regions in 2015, researchers said.

During the 2015 heat waves in those areas, about 1,200 people died in Pakistan and more than 2,000 died in India.

These heat waves are particularly threatening to large cities containing lots of heat-absorbing asphalt and concrete, not to mention huge populations, said Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association.

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