CHENNAI: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will start a major study on diagnostic Indian Normal Values later this year, and in three or four years time, India will have its own set of diagnostic criteria, V.M. Katoch, Director-General, said on Friday.

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Is not cool, it increases risk of various diseases, says report THE rich and the middle class are spending more on unhealthy food, according to the quick estimates of the national consumption expenditure 2007-08. The study measures the amount of money that consumers spend on food. This has led to increase in incidence of lifestyle-related diseases. The report was released by the

Working in partnership to prevent and control the four noncommunicable diseases — cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases and the four shared risk factors - tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and the harmful use of alcohol.

There is an intense interest in the effects of breastfeeding on the health of an offspring and in understanding the mechanisms behind these effects. It is widely known that breastfeeding is the most nutritious way to feed an infant, but it is less known that the benefits that a child and mother receive from breastfeeding continue throughout life, even after breastfeeding has stopped.

While yoga is thought to reduce the risk of chronic non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, there are no studies on insulin sensitivity in long term practitioners of yoga. The researchers assessed insulin sensitivity and cardiac autonomic function in long term practitioners of yoga.

The explosion of cardiovascular disease in India may not only be bad for the country's health, it could also be bad for its economy. If the surge continues, it could decrease India's productivity and overwhelm its already struggling public-health system, say experts.

Donald G. Mcneil Jr. As the world's population ages, gets richer, smokes more, eats more and drives more, non-communicable diseases will become bigger killers than infectious ones over the next 20 years, the World Health Organisation is reporting.

what causes diseases such as cancer, diabetes or obesity? It's possible that genes are the cause. The other probability is that these are related to one's lifestyle. Popularly known as the nature

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