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Excess weight in youth can cause stomach cancer later

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New York, Feb 17: An overweight youth in his early 20s is three times more at risk of developing cancer of either the oesophagus (food pipe) or upper stomach in adulthood, researchers have warned.

The findings showed that those who are overweight at the age of 20 are nearly 60-80 per cent more likely to develop these cancers in later life, compared to those who maintained a healthy weight throughout life.

Those who gained more than 20 kg during adulthood were also twice as likely to develop oesophageal cancer compared to people who had little weight change.

Carrying excess weight can trigger long-term reflux problems and heartburn that can lead to cancer.

It can also change the levels of sex hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone, cause levels of insulin to rise, and lead to inflammation — all of which are factors associated with increased cancer risk, the researchers said.

“The study highlights how weight gain over the course of our lives can increase the risk of developing these two cancer types, both of which have extremely poor survival rate,” said lead author Jessica Petrick from the National Cancer Institute in Maryland, US.

For the study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, the team pooled data from more than 400,000 people and analysed their reported height and weight at ages 20 and 50.

The study highlighted the importance of keeping a healthy weight throughout life to reduce the risk of developing these cancers.

Small steps like taking the stairs more often, keeping an eye on the quantity of food consumed and switching to sugar-free drinks are simple things we all can do to keep a healthy weight, the researchers suggested.

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Women prefer verified profiles in life partner search: Survey

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New Delhi, April 19: A majority of women prefer to go for verified profiles when looking for a life partner on online matrimony platforms, according to a survey.

Shaadi.com conducted a survey to understand the need for safety while looking for a life partner.

When young singles were asked about “The first thing they look for in a profile, posted on a matchmaking/dating service”, 62 per cent of the respondents said photographs, 24 per cent of them said verified profiles, 10 per cent of them said basic details (name, age, location) and four per cent said hobbies.

Finding a life partner online is more widely accepted now than it was in the early 2000s. However, women continue to exercise more caution during the selection process as compared to men.

The survey highlighted that 91 per cent of the women respondents give high importance to verified profiles while looking for a partner, whereas for men this stands at a mere 40 per cent.

Verified profiles is not just an elimination factor but is becoming an important determinant to initiate conversations. When women were asked “What would increase their likelihood to reach out to profiles?”, 82 per cent of them said verified profiles. Other factors such as multiple photographs and family information were only 13 per cent and 5 per cent respectively.

The online poll received over 7,400 responses (42 per cent of them were men and rest were women) from young Indian singles aged between 24 to 35.

Gourav Rakshit, CEO, Shaadi.com said: “Member security is our primary focus, and our security systems constantly evolve with changing user behaviour and trends. To that end, we have added Aadhaar to our existing profile verification programme.”

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How to buy gold during Akshaya Tritya

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Akshaya Tritiya Gold

New Delhi, April 16: Purchasing something as precious as gold is an investment in itself, so don’t forget to judge its purity and compare your discounts, especially during the occasion of Akshaya Tritiya which is considered as one of the most auspicious days to buy gold in India, suggest experts.

Prakshi Sharma, Creative Head and Designer, Prakshi Fine Jewellery, and Chitwn D Malhotra, Lead Designer and Founder at Dillano Luxurious Jewels Pvt Ltd, have listed the smart way to invest in gold.

* Check for purity: When buying gold jewellery, it is necessary to check for its purity as it determines its true worth. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) is the authorised agency that hallmarks gold jewellery, and ascertains its purity. Every hallmarked jewellery will have a number attached to it, a BIS stamp, its karats, hallmarking year (represented alphabetically), jeweller’s identification mark, and the assay centre.

Before buying any gold jewellery remember to check the hallmark.

* Look for discounts on making charges. To celebrate the occasion and attract customers, several jewellery brands give huge discounts on making charges for a stipulated period. There are many such offers available, so make sure you check them all out.

* Compare the prices. Price of any piece of gold jewellery varies from one store to another. Before buying, take a quick survey of the prevalent market prices, consider the differing making charges and the discounts provided on them, and make an informed decision.

* Buying gold jewellery is generally considered a safe investment, but a prudent choice must be made on what to buy and what to avoid. It is advisable that you buy something that will give you optimum returns in the future.

* Opt for gold coins or biscuits instead. If you’re looking at buying gold purely as an investment, then opting for gold coins or biscuits might be a better idea.

* Avoiding stone jewellery. Studded ornaments are generally priced higher than a regular gold piece, and while precious stones do add to the beauty of jewellery, they lower the value of an ornament. They incur high making charges but when they are exchanged or sold, the stones are taken out to determine
the value of the gold.

Chances are high that you will get an exchange value only of the gold, even if the stone is precious.

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Help your hair, make-up survive the sweaty summer

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New Delhi, April 13: With summer comes melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky hair hence it is important to give proper hydration and relaxation to your skin and hair to be easy breezy as the temperature soars up.

Sushma Khan, National Creative Director-Makeup, Lakmé Salon and TIGI Educator Audrey D’Souza have listed the summer switch that must be made your regime to make your makeup last long and hair stay strong.

* For make-up

* Go light: Through the summer ‘less is more’ should be your mantra. The lesser the products you use, the lighter your skin will feel and make-up will not feel heavy. The summer is known to make your skin sweaty and layering more make-up on the face will add to it. Hence, it is highly recommended to use products with anti-bacterial properties.

Replace your foundation with a concealer to hide imperfections and feel light. Products with SPF of 30++ at least are a must. BB Creams are also a great option as it is an emulation of moisturizer and tinted foundation. Use more of light water-based products to make it feel light during summer, heat and sweating. Cut down your make up products to less than half and use the bare minimum.

* Multitask with your makeup: Invest in a product that does it all – for the lips, lids, and cheeks. It would cut down your routine to half and help keep your bag light. Simply choose from a range of summery bright or light lip and cheek tints as it will add a healthy glow with minimalistic colour.

* Switch to waterproof: Invest in waterproof eyeliners, mascaras and eye pencils. With the temperatures rising high, one tends to rub and wipe off the face regularly. This might, at times, end up in either smudging or fading. Choose between a highly or lightly pigmented waterproof eye products so that the look is as fresh as it was in the morning.

* For hair:

* Cocktail of products: Prepare your hair using a cocktail of smoothening and anti-frizz serums to smoothen your hair and get rid of any frizz at the same time.

* Shortcut to volume: Wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to combat the limp and sticky hair. Prep your hair with volumizing lotion before the blow dry to give your hair volume for days. Brush backwards and say hello to 3x more volume!

* Beach waves for days: Boho-inspired beachy waves are the ultimate summer hair-do. Apply curling mousse on wet hair and scrunch it up in a bun. Use tongs to achieve the wavy look. You can also opt for dry shampoos to fight the stickiness on your third hair days. It also adds to the beachy texture.

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