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US based décor brand Mela Artisans comes to India

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Bengaluru, Sep 20: US based décor brand Mela Artisans, founded by Indian origin Navroze Mehta, is making its way to the Indian market through the e-commerce route.

The brand is coming to India through e-commerce brand Urban Ladder and will be launching its festive line, said a statement.

“Urban Ladder and Mela Artisans are a great fit because we collectively believe that product design is the key differentiator in home decor. The home decor range is uniquely eclectic and delightfully festive. Besides their beautiful aesthetic, Mela’s exceptional support of the Indian artisan community is also something that we admire and want to encourage.Mela artisan“The Indian ethos has always been the pillar of inspiration for Urban Ladder products and with this collaboration, that pillar is stronger than ever, ” says Pradeep James, Director of Design, Urban Ladder.

Mela Artisans is founded by New York-based businessman and social entrepreneur, Navroze Mehta.

Mela Artisans’ products are a regular at high-street retail stores like Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, and Macy’s. Apart from premium American retail, Mela Artisans also distributes across Wayfair, Amazon, Zola, Houzz, and One Kings Lane among other e-tailers.

Mela artisan“When we decided to launch in India, we did a wide scan of the possible partners and many roads led us to Urban Ladder. Our Indian partner needed to be committed to telling the artisan stories. We immediately felt the synergy between the two brands and the benefit to customers and artisans from such a collaboration,” said Mehta.

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Slow reading speed linked to dry eyes: Study

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New York, Nov 17: People suffering from chronic dry eye disease are likely to have a slow reading rate, according to researchers.

The chronic dry eye is a common disease in which natural tears fail to adequately lubricate the eyes, thus drastically affecting its functioning.

The study found that the condition can slow a person’s reading speed by as much as 10 per cent and can make it difficult to read for more than an average of 30 minutes.

Those with clinically significant dry eye could read fewer words per minute — 32 words per minute less — than those without the condition, who read at the same rate of 272 words per minute.

“We suspected that people with dry eye were mostly unable to sustain good reading performance because their tears cannot re-lubricate their eye surfaces fast enough,” said Esen Akpek, from the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute in the US.

For the study, published in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, the team included 186 adults aged 50 or older.

The participants had not used prescription or over the counter eyedrops in the 24 hours before testing.

Importantly, all participants responded to eye discomfort vision quality and environmental contributors to eye complaints, such as wind or smoke.

People who experience frequent dry eye symptoms such as stinging, fluctuating vision and dryness can try over the counter eyedrops, but will do best if they undergo professional testing and diagnosis, said Akpek.

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Trending jewellery styles to hit this wedding season

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New Delhi, Nov 17: With the wedding season in full swing, more and more would be brides are breaking away from conventional norms and choosing to dress up their bridal selves as an extension of their own personality. However, selecting the jewellery for the big day can be a daunting task.

Shehzad Zevari, Creative director of Minawala and Rohan Sharma, Managing Director of RK Jewellers South Extension-2 list the top jewellery styles that are hitting this wedding season:

* Polki spinal choker necklace: The choker necklace is here to stay. The versatility of the choker with both indo- western as well as with traditional bridal Indian outfits makes it the most popular choice of jewellery. For the minimal lovers, a polki choker necklace with Spinel stones can also be worn as a statement on its own.

* Dual finger ring: The Multi-finger ring is ruling the jewellery trends this year and it looks great when paired with any outfit. From cocktail gowns to lehengas this is a must have for the bride in her trousseau.

* Bracelets: With changing trends, people choose to wear bracelets instead of bangles in one hand and a watch in another. This classic look goes well with suits, lehenga or any indo-western outfit.

* Traditional multi-layer necklace: Gold temple jewellery has always been in trend for centuries. It’s just that we see unique and modified designs every year as per jewellery trends. Many bridals still opt to look traditional at their wedding. Multi-Layer gold necklace with red outfit is the ideal perception to think about the traditional bride.

* Jhumka earrings: Jhumkas are that one must accessory that every girl wants to have in their jewellery collection. There are several types of jhumkas that have come into the market like jhumkas- hoops, half jhumkas, casual trinkle etc for more variety to get the best look at the wedding. It looks best to wear with ethnic traditional outfit for wedding puja or functions.

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Weightlifting better than walking and cycling for heart

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New York, Nov 17:  While it is well known that physical activities promote heart health, a new study suggests that weightlifting, rather than walking and cycling, can better help keep heart diseases at bay.

The study showed that engaging in both static activities such as strength training and dynamic activities like walking and cycling was associated with 30 to 70 per cent lower rates of cardiovascular disease risk factors.

But, the associations were strongest for strength training among youth than older adults.

“Both strength training and aerobic activity appeared to be heart healthy, even in small amounts, at the population level,” said Maia P. Smith, Assistant Professor at St. George’s University in Grenada.

“However, static activity appeared more beneficial than dynamic,” Smith added.

Further, the researchers suggested that clinicians should counsel patients, especially the elderly, to exercise regardless of activity types as patients who did both types of physical activity fared better than patients who simply increased the level of one type of activity.

“The important thing is to make sure they are engaging in physical activity,” Smith said.

The findings were presented at the ACC Latin America Conference 2018 in Peru.

For the study, the researchers included 4,086 adults aged 21 to 44 or over 45.

The team analysed cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol, as a function of self-reported static and/or dynamic activity.

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