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Short-term probiotics can help shed those extra kilos
The authors conducted a meta-analysis to calculate the weighted mean difference between the intervention and control groups. Data were included for 15 studies with 957 subjects, with interventions ranging in duration from 3 to 12 weeks. A non-significant effect of probiotics on fat mass was seen (-0.42 kg. The authors wrote that their meta-analysis showed that short-term probiotic supplementation reduced body weight, BMI, and fat percentage, but the effect sizes were small.
Hyderabad air quality good, finds CPCB
Hyderabad gets a green signal for 24-hour average pollution levels as reported by the data collected by Central Pollution Control Board. The 24-hour average air quality index (AQI) of the city was 36 which comes under the 'good' category set by the board. The air quality index monitors prominent pollutants that are harmful for one's health such as PM2.5 and PM10.
All set for Vrischikolsavam
The eight-day-long Vrischikolsavam, the annual festival of the Tripunithura Poornathrayeesa temple which heralds the festival season in the state, will begin on Saturday. Curiously, this will be the first Vrischikolsavam the Cochin Devaswom Board is conducting under its direct supervision following a recent High Court order, instead of the Sreepoornathrayeesa Seva Sanghom whose term ended in 2015. The festival will begin with the kodiyettu, the temple priest hoisting the flag in the presence of devotees, at 7 pm.
Kim Kardashian West's cherry blossom extravaganza was missing one major guest
Last weekend, Kim Kardashian West celebrated the coming of Baby No 3 with a cherry blossom-filled fete worthy of its own Instagram page. There was one noticeable absence: the woman carrying Kardashian West and hubby Kanye West's baby girl. On Thursday's episode of The Real, Kardashian West opened up about why she didn't invite her surrogate. I think I have to explain it to my kids first and figure out how I'm going to explain it to them.
Commenters respond to 'mom-shaming' after Sephora shopper's post goes viral
For some of us, entering a Sephora with money to burn and time to kill is an experience only rivaled by memories of recess. It turns out that freewheeling through a makeup playground has its limits, as one MUA called out on Facebook. $1300 of Make Up Forever eye shadow destroyed at Sephora tonight due to a small child, Nelson's post began. Tons of destroyed product and pissed Sephora cast members are not a happy place to be.
Steep alcohol taxes drive Turkey's drinkers to home-brew
I might never have started this if beer wasn't so expensive, the 25-year old university student said. Erdogan's distaste for alcohol stands in contrast to modern Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who championed secularism and was often pictured with a glass of raki. The president has criticized alcohol consumption as morally harmful to society, insisting that Turkey's national beverage is not raki but the non-alcoholic yoghurt drink ayran.
Streaker alert for hip tresses
As you walk down a college campus in Bengaluru, you find many college students sporting a new hair colour every other week or month. Youngsters like to keep up with these trends and are always one step ahead of the next colour in fashion. We talk to these girls from various institutions in the city, and find out what eggs them on to change their hair colour frequently.
Tickle that funny bone again, again
Lucky for you, you needn't wait until the weekend to catch some LOL sessions as this comedy extravaganza offers 10 days of mad 'laughter. ' We find beauty in the fact that humour is universal, and comedy really is an area where the 'age-no-bar' concept holds true. We've evolved in terms of ideating, executing and now being able to successfully accommodate an inventory of 10,000 this season.
Little strokes of creativity
Colour hides a power still unknown but real, which acts on every part of the human body. One of the artists, Suchit Saini specialises in a certain type of portraiture which is more about playing with different colours. Registration, interpretation and chronicling are the modes by which Suchit Sahni interprets the city of Delhi as he understands it. For him, an artist keeps plundering the vast treasure troves of images both hidden and apparent in a city's body.
Is it too late to be a daddy?
Only earlier this month, actor Alec Baldwin, 59, too announced that he is going to be a father for the fifth time. Last year, Rolling Stones' leader, singer Mick Jagger, became a father again for the eighth time at 73. Life coach Khyati Birla believes that it is never too late to be changing diapers, since financial stability, maturity, and life experiences help in the long run.
Diet diary: With jaggery, spinach & more, boost your diet to fight pollution
Air pollution has become a burning topic today and it is turning it into a public health threat. Across the world, pollution has been associated with increased risk of respiratory and cardiovascular illnesses and other diseases, including cancer and auto-immune disorders. A study published in the Journal of Agrotechnology in 2013 demonstrated the preventive action of jaggery on smoke-induced lung lesions. Including jaggery on a regular basis can help prevent air pollution related toxicity and reduce the risk of lung cancer.
A ride to spread happiness
The purpose of my journey is to spread happiness, love and peace through smiles by meeting people. As I end my trip here in Chennai, I believe that I did justice to what I preach, Radhika says. Then, earlier this year, I made up my mind for a solo ride. As the conversation veered towards her ride preparations, Radhika revealed that she rode to different hilly regions in Tamil Nadu.
Heroes of a real life blockbuster
Abdul Tameem and Jinto Mani are still in the hang of that journey from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram. They are tired from the journey, but extremely happy to be a part of the noble venture. When Tameem got a call from his vehicle's owner Muneer, he had no clue about the risk part. He asked me to go to Pariyaram Medical College with an ICU vehicle, Tameem recalls the day. They are just happy that they could do something brave in life.
A talent spotting ground
As a part of the Children's Day celebrations, Iris Events is organising a talent competition - Little Prince and Princess - for the kids 12 and below. The competition will be held under three categories - art, IQ and social skills. We plan to create a record by asking the children to paint simultaneously on the topic on a 200m chart paper.
The city by the sea
It is no easy task to present even a partial picture of the city. Led through iconic parts of the city such as Moore Market, Spencer's and Parry's Corner, the story speaks of a life-long love affair between the outsider and the city of his dreams. The author makes use of a clipped, sterile narration to describe his foray into the flooded city during the heavy rains in November 2016.
Wow with your wedding drinks
The bartending industry and wedding industry go hand in hand each time they meet, since there is always someone looking for a great bar experience in a wedding. Back when the 'openly drinking at a wedding' taboo was shattered, straight drinks along with soft beverages - or even drinking straight out of the glass and the bottle for that matter - were a big hit.
These mindfulness & meditation gifts are like a little jump-start for the soul
It was only about a decade or so ago that mindfulness and meditation seemed pretty out there to the general public - however, nowadays, getting your meditation on has gone mainstream and is pretty much a survival requirement. Maybe it's because our world is so chaotic, but it can be seriously hard to relax without a little quiet introspection.

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