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A stressful job can change the way body handles fat, resulting in raised cholesterol levels and even a heart disease. According to researchers, stressful situations affect how the body metabolises fat, ultimately leading the body with too much 'bad' cholesterol,” reports



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ifferent people deal with the concept of death differently, depending on their religious and cultural backgrounds, and their beliefs. As much as it is hard for adults to cope with the death of a loved one in a family, it becomes even more difficult while explaining it to a child. “It is difficult for children to understand life and death, at least up to 12 years of age,” said Dr Shiva Prasad, consultant psychiatrist at Vivekananda Hospital, Begumpet. “They do not have that rational thinking. It is difficult for adults to explain it to children.” What then can a family member do to help a child understand should such a situation present itself? “Find out what fears they have — do they feel abandoned or do they fear what is going to happen?” said Dr Prasad. If a child is ill, some information has to be given as part of the treatment process, said clinical psychologist Dr Savitha Date Menon. “I don’t know whether there is an age (beyond which to tell); it is on a case to case basis. But some preparation at an intellectual and emotional level for the difficulties ahead needs to be given. Tell the child there will be changes in the skin or hair or digestion [what problems he/she can expect to face],” she added. She said this is an eternal

How do you explain the death of a loved one to a child? How do adults understand and cope with it? Postnoon talks to experts.


It is difficult for children to understand life and death, at least up to 12 years. They do not have that rational thinking. It is difficult for adults to explain it to them. Dr Shiva Prasad consultant psychiatrist question and depends on socio-cultural factors. How is it for an adult, either a patient who knows he is terminally ill, or family members taking care of them? Doctors say there are different stages of grief one goes through, and every case is different, depending on the situation and the stage at which the person is. There is no specific generalization, and it also depends on whether the death was suddenly, natural, accidental or deterioration occurred over a period of time. How you understand and perceive what is happening and what is going to happen is essential to coming to terms with it. Dr Menon said in many cases, there is still hope and there have been instances where the patient has recovered, so it’s not OK to always tell a patient there is no hope.


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A breast abscess is a painful collection of pus that forms in the breast. Most abscesses develop just under the skin and are caused by a bacterial infection. They are often linked to mastitis, a condition that causes breast pain and inflammation, and usually affects women who are breastfeeding. Nonbreastfeeding women can also develop mastitis if bacteria enter the milk ducts through a sore or cracked nipple.

DID YOU KNOW? You should avoid banana on empty stomach Don’t eat bananas on an empty stomach; combining them with a bit of protein will help to normalize the insulin response caused by the sugar in the banana. Bananas are high in sugar, so they should not be eaten if you have blood sugar problems.

PIONEERS Charles R Drew Charles Richard Drew was an AfricanAmerican physician, surgeon, and medical researcher. He researched in the field of blood transfusions, developing improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge to developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II. Drew protested against the practice of racial segregation in the donation of blood, as it lacked scientific foundation.

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