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“We begin with news on Mindy Kaling, who shared a video on the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week, in which she talked about something called ‘mom guilt’, which pertains exclusively to breastfeeding the infant.

While it is said to be beneficial to both the mother and her baby, sometimes, women are not able to produce enough milk to be able to breastfeed, or there may be other factors stopping them from doing it.

Kaling wrote on Instagram that when she had her kids, she “always assumed she would breastfeed”. “So when I needed to supplement my milk supply, I felt total guilt, panic, and ultimately spent way too much time in a frantic, late-night internet spiral.””
“The actor-writer shared her story as part of a new campaign called ‘#DearNewParents’, started by the formula company ByHeart, to “demystify feeding for new parents and show that there is no wrong choice”, but just more “guidance and clarity”.

“#Dearnewparents — drop the guilt when it comes to feeding! You’re doing great…” she wrote.

Dr Krishan Chugh, principal director and HOD-paediatrics at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram had previously told that baby formula is a substitute for mother’s milk, given when the mother cannot feed them. He said, “These are cow milk formulae, modified in a way that they are similar to human breast milk in terms of composition,”

“As one grows older, there’s an increase in the number of severe healthcare issues, Ayurvedic expert Dr Nitika Kohli said.

Dr Kohli wrote on Instagram, “”Women, especially, must pay added attention as many acute health disorders occur when you are in your 30s. These health issues affect your body and weaken your immune system,”

Dr Kohli noted down several areas of concern for women, including having trouble losing weight, persistent hair loss without the presence of external factors, a constantly ticking biological clock interfering with attempts to conceive, and other similar problems.

She also noted that if there was unnatural and unexpected vaginal bleeding due to an abnormal menstrual cycle, a doctor must be consulted immediately. ”

According to nutritionist Bhakti Kapoor, “having an appetite in the morning is something to celebrate!”

She explained, “After your last meal (in the night), your body breaks down the food you eat, and your liver stores a form of glucose called glycogen that can last for up to 6-8 hours.”

However, by the time you wake up, you are most probably “fasting” for 8-14 hours, depending on the time of your last meal. As such, you must feel hungry after waking up the next day.

But, if you still don’t feel hungry after so many hours, “it probably means that your body has tapped into its emergency mechanisms to create fuel,””
“The Indian weather can be extremely hard to bear. To beat the heat, many prefer setting their air conditioners to the minimum temperature. However, this may cause problems.

Speaking to, Dr Rajat Agarwal, Additional Director, Critical Care Medicine, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said, “It is advisable to maintain the AC temperature at 24-25 degrees Celsius as it is considered most optimum for healthy bodily functions. AC thermostats set at too low temperatures as compared to our body temperature can cause increased skin damage owing to low humidity inside the rooms. Skin tissue produces excess body oil to compensate for the reduced sweat production which may, eventually, cause skin blemishes, acne, premature wrinkles, and skin irritation.””

Despite its name, diabetes insipidus is not connected with diabetes. It is, in fact, a rare medical condition in which there is an imbalance in the levels of the body fluids that causes frequent urination. As per National Health Service, “diabetes insipidus affects about 1 in 25,000 people in the general population. Adults are more likely to develop the condition, but it can occur at any age.”

Dr Ritesh Gupta Director, of Diabetes and Endocrinology, Fortis CDOC Hospital, New Delhi, said that this “disorder leads to increased formation of urine. It occurs because of the deficiency or poor activity of a hormone called vasopressin. Poor action of this hormone causes increased flushing of fluids into the urine.”””

It was recently reported that amid the ongoing monsoon season, heavy rains and waterlogging situations in the city of Mumbai led to a surge in leptospirosis cases.

Leptospirosis is caused by a type of bacteria called ‘leptospira’; it can infect both humans and animals. According to Dr Sweta Shah, lead consultant, microbiology and infection prevention at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, the bacteria is usually present in contaminated water and soil, where animals have passed urine.

“When a person walks through this water or [on this] soil, the bacteria can enter the body through open wounds. Further, it enters the bloodstream and spreads in the body. While it is usually a mild infection, it can also turn into a serious disease,””

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