Scientists May Have Found A Way To Cure Baldness

Researchers at the New York University School of Medicine have made an intriguing discovery that could make hair loss a thing of the past.

The NYU scientists say the secret to reversing hair loss is all about activating something called the ‘sonic hedgehog signalling pathway’.

The sonic hedgehog gene plays an important part in embryo development and was  — bizarrely — named in honour of the SEGA video game character, after postdoctorate fellow Dr Robert Riddle saw the famous critter in his six-year-old daughter’s comic book.

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By activating the sonic hedgehog (SHH) pathway, the researchers were able to create “crosstalk among skin cells that form the roots of hair” and regrow hair strands on damaged skin, NYU Langone Health reported.

While the SHH pathway is quite active when a fetus is growing and developing follicles,  it is “otherwise stalled in wounded skin in healthy adults”.

Which is apparently why hair stops growing in places that have been wounded or undergone surgery.

“Our results show that stimulating fibroblasts through the sonic hedgehog pathway can trigger hair growth not previously seen in wound healing,” said study senior investigator and cell biologist Mayumi Ito, PhD.

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Researchers conducted these experiments on mice over a three-year period and are planning future investigations on wounded human skin. Dr Ito says her goal is to identify likely drug targets for hair regrowth.

Which is good news for anyone hoping for a little more coverage on their chrome dome.

Although we personally think beloved celebrities like Danny Devito, Jason Alexander, Terry Crews, and Bruce Willis are perfect the way they are without the help of a stimulated sonic hedgehog.


A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

A Very Happy Birthday To The Gorgeous Diva Sushmita Sen! Know Her Secret To Being Fit And Fab At 43!

The quote “Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind” is perfect for the stunning actress; Sushmita Sen. The 43 year old actress is definitely ageing gracefully and we cannot stop admiring her. It goes without saying that the talented woman is a diva. A fitness enthusiast, the actress is a genius when it comes to her fitness and health. The actress never fails to inspire and motivate her fans with her strenuous exercises. Sushmita Sen who turns 43 today has been active on social media, and is seen sharing her workout videos time and again.

Also read: Here’s How Fatima Sana Shaikh Trained For Zafira In Thugs Of Hindostan: Her Fitness Videos Will Make You Hit The Gym Instantly!

Here’s a peak into her workout videos:

The former Miss Universe has always maintained a healthy lifestyle and always tries to push her limits. In her recent Instagram post, the actress was seen doing an aerial exercise. The actress surely believes in constant practice and being fearless. Practice is the key which helps you achieve your desired goals. This is evident from her caption in the Instagram post. The post said, “Being fearless does not mean the lack of fear, it simply means less fear, more courage.”

Sushmita Sen loves sweating it out in the gym. She always experiments with her workouts. From head planks to kickboxing to Pilates the actress puts in a lot of effort in her workout regimes. The actress also does Pilates, which is great for toning the body. It enhances your muscle strength, focuses on your core and increases your flexibility. Her Instagram post are filled with words of inspiration and will make you hit the gym right now


To lose weight the right way, include these 6 superfoods in your diet

To stay fit and lose weight, you should consume more superfoods like quinoa and kale.

The success of your fitness and weight loss goals are totally governed by what you eat. And with the recent rise of lifestyle diseases in India, the saying couldn’t ring truer. To stay fit, or even lose weight, you need to ensure your diet has all the healthy foods. Superfoods like kale and chia seeds offer wholesome goodness. Moreover,they are not just high on nutrient value but also on taste. Rajesh Sawhney, Co-founder of and Rajiv Kumar, CEO of Culinate, list 6 healthy ingredients that will do you a lot of good:

Quinoa is a seed that belongs to the spinach/chard family, which is why it is called a pseudo-cereal or pseudo-grain. Quinoa is rich in protein and a lot of other vital nutrients such as magnesium, dietary fiber and vitamin B. It is also a good source of antioxidants called flavonoids and is a healthy alternative to rice.

Quinoa is rich in protein and is a healthy alternative to rice. (Shutterstock)

Kale is high in fiber, low on calorie and has zero fat. It is one of the most common ingredients in the healthy dishes prepared by restaurants. Apart from being highly nutritious, kale is high in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can be added to pasta, green smoothies or can be simply tossed in a salad.

Chia seeds are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. A 28 gram, or 1ounce, serving of chia seeds also contains 5.6 grams of protein. Hence, they make it on the menu of most healthy food restaurants. These seeds can be added to smoothies, oatmeal or yogurt.

Nuts are often counted as good fats and are also rich in fiber and omega-3. Plant sterols are a substance present in nuts that helps in lowering the cholesterol level in the body. Nuts are a great source of L-arginine, which make the artery walls more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow. You can make a nutty trail mix and simply munch on nuts in between meals or add them to your stir-fry.

ctivated charcoal is a natural ingredient that helps in flushing out toxins from the body. It not only helps in the detoxification of the body but also helps in digestive cleansing by alleviating problems like gas and bloating. Activated charcoal helps in fighting the signs of ageing too. Health restaurants incorporate activated charcoal in their healthy drinks and also in the breads and buns used for their special sandwiches and burgers.

Activated charcoal is a natural ingredient that helps in flushing out toxins from the body. (Shutterstock)

Beetroots contain valuable nutrients that may help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, boost your stamina, and support detoxification. It is an amazing source of iron but is often ignored due to its peculiar taste. Beetroots can be added to salads, smoothies or you could even add beetroot to your chapati dough to get that much-needed iron intake.


For a healthy heart, add fatty fish, olive oil to your diet

Fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, also known as good cholesterol.

Good news if you love eating fish. According to a new study, consuming fatty fish up to four times a week may help increase the amount of good cholesterol and prevent risk of heart disease. To keep your heart healthy, you need to be very careful about your diet.

The findings showed that fatty fish increases the size and lipid composition of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, also known as good cholesterol, in people with impaired glucose metabolism. Moreover, using daily 30 ml of camelina oil — rich in alpha-linolenic acid, which is an essential omega-3 fatty acid — was also found to decrease the number of harmful Intermediate-density lipoprotein (IDL) particles.

The IDL lipoprotein is the precursor of (low-density lipoprotein) LDL, which is also known as bad cholesterol. Previous studies have shown that long-chain omega-3 fatty acids found in fish have a beneficial effect on lipoprotein size and composition. Both of these changes can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, said researchers from the University of Eastern Finland.

For the study, published in the journal Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, the team involved nearly 100 Finnish men and women aged between 40 and 72, with impaired glucose metabolism. Study participants were randomly divided into four groups for a 12-week intervention: the camelina oil group, the fatty fish group, the lean fish group, and the control group.

While people in the camelina oil group, fatty fish group, showed potentially higher HDL and lower IDL cholesterol level, eating lean fish, was not associated with changes in the number, size or composition of lipoprotein particles, the researchers said.

Some of the other healthy foods that increase good cholesterol include olive oil, whole grains, legumes, flaxseeds, nuts and avocado.


Follow These 7 Diet And Lifestyle Habits To Increase Your Life Expectancy

Follow These 7 Diet And Lifestyle Habits To Increase Your Life Expectancy

According to a study published in the Journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, following these five healthy lifestyle habits during adulthood may increase life expectancy by a decade or more. These five major lifestyle changes include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking. The researchers looked at 34 years of data from 78,865 women and 27 years of data from 44,354 men participating in, respectively, the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up study.

The researchers looked at how five low-risk lifestyle factors might impact mortality. Compared with those who didn’t follow any of the healthy lifestyle habits, those who followed all five were 74 percent less likely to die during the study period. The researchers also found that there was a dose-response relationship between each individual’s healthy lifestyle behaviour and a reduced risk of early death, and that the combination of all five healthy behaviours was linked with the most additional years of life.

It is imperative to lead a healthy lifestyle no matter what. Switching to a healthy diet and lifestyle must be your priority. Here are a few suggestions that you should consider while making it better.

1. Do not miss breakfast

Breakfast is important for a bunch of reasons. It not only jump-starts your metabolism, but also stops you from over-eating later. Studies have shown that adults who eat a healthy breakfast do better at work. So eat a plateful of healthy foods for breakfast and never feel dull again.

2. Portion control

Someone has rightly said, eat everything in moderation. Enjoy every food, but always ensure keeping the size of portion in mind. In fact, increase the size of the portion of nutritious food on your plate.

3. Limit alcohol and smoking consumption

We are not asking you to completely cut down on both; but it is okay to do it occasionally. Regular consumption of alcohol not only affects liver, but also increases cholesterol levels that can take a toll on your body.

4. Live a balanced life

It is important to maintain a balance in life. Balance in daily routine, what you eat, what is your activity level, how much you sleep and how much you can eat to help your life turn around for the better.

5. Indulge in exercises

We are not so busy that we cannot take out time for exercise. Take out just 30 minutes of your time for your favourite sport, gym or any outdoor activity. This will help keep your body healthy and fit.

6. Load up on protein

Protein is the building block of life. It is important to eat protein with every meal. Protein not only helps in repairing muscle and fills in for muscle loss but also helps aid weight loss and boost metabolic activity.

7. Eat healthy fats

It is one of the biggest misconceptions that fats shouldn’t be included in your daily diet. Healthy fats like ghee and nuts are important to add in your diet for a healthy body.

Make sure you make these changes in your lifestyle. Also, get enough sleep and keep yourself active in every way possible to stay healthy and fit.


Yoga guru Naveen Meghwal says Hongkongers should see practice as beyond physical fitness

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Every morning, Angela Yuen Wai-yan meditates for 30 minutes, sitting in a lotus position, her back ramrod straight. During this time, her mind is quiet and does not wander. Her only focus is on breathing.

Yuen, 50, has been doing this routine for three years since she was diagnosed with lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. The condition caused inflammation, swelling and damage to her elbow and ankle joints and later led to problems with her skin and kidneys.

But it was the emotional toll of the illness that affected her the most.

“I used to be very stubborn and uptight,” she recalls.

Those angry days are behind her, thanks to yoga.

“I started doing yoga also because as a housewife, I had a lot of free time and thought it would be a great way to get fit,” the mother of one explains. Going into it, she had no idea how its central philosophy of mindfulness would change her health and life.

“I never used to be this calm as a person and now I always keep an open mind and look at things positively. Most importantly I now understand yoga and know that it is not just an exercise or a sport.”

Yuen’s yoga master Naveen Meghwal, 37, is thrilled to see her transformation. The ancient practice is profound and goes beyond fitness, he says.

Meghwal believes the root of all physical problems afflicting most Hongkongers stems from the brain.

“When you’re stressed out, when you are in unexpected situations, you are out of your centre, meaning your mind isn’t in line with your body, which will lead to unhappiness. Whenever you’re not connected, this strips away your happiness.”

The yoga master stresses the importance of living in the present.

Stress takes you away from the self and pulls you into the future and its uncertainties. If you’re away from this moment, you’ll develop anxiety

“Stress takes you away from the self – it will pull you into the future and its uncertainties and if you’re away from this moment, you’ll develop anxiety and that can do a lot of damage to your physical health.”

“If you just want to get fit, then you can go for any kind of workout, either a run or a swim,” he says.

“Yoga works on your physical body, making you sweat with stretches, but it also works on your mental health and energy level. Apart from that, it improves your intellectual ability to differentiate what is right and wrong.”

Andre Lam Bing-pui, 64, is another of Meghwal’s students who swears by yoga.

In 2015, he suffered from a stroke that lasted for three days. It started with common symptoms that were easily overlooked.

“I had a severe headache and double vision but I didn’t think much of it. I just thought I was tired so I continued with my work. It wasn’t until two days later that I realised it was something much more serious when my vision became blurred. So I went to the hospital and was told I had a stroke.”

Since then, he has incorporated yoga in his recovery process.

“It saved my life. Not everyone can fully regain their motor skills after such a traumatic incident but I did. I went back to yoga a few days after being discharged from the hospital and it has enhanced my journey of recovery. I have never felt as free as I am now, physically and mentally.”

Meghwal says yoga helps its practitioners “get to the root of the disease by starting from the surface such as making you feel better physically. And once an individual is at a state where he starts to feel lighter, then yoga [works on your body’s energy]”.

Other than going to classes three times a week, Lam also meditates and does stretches twice a day.

Meghwal points out that while the poses have physical advantages as they train the body to be more flexible, the practice also releases chemicals that calm the brain and can reduce sadness or anxiety.

“If the positions are done in a particular way, with the proper sequence and breathing rhythm, then it works on your brain cells and can start changing you from the inside,” he says.

Meghwal moved to Hong Kong from India 10 years ago to spread his love of yoga. Since then he has opened up a studio, Ananda Yoga, which offers 12 classes a day and has nine instructors.

His own journey into the practice dates back to his troubled teenage days. “I was 16 when I did my first yoga class. I was very unhappy at the time because of school and just about life in general. I still remember it was a free outdoor yoga session held in a park where I was living then.”

“For the first time, I finally felt complete and that my body and mind had become one.”

In India, he taught yoga to mentally challenged children, prisoners as well as patients recovering from chronic diseases.


The safe way to do yoga for back pain

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Yoga is a gentle practice that is ideal for maintaining back strength and flexibility. It’s also one of the more effective tools for helping reduce low back pain, the most common source of pain and disability among older adults.

“Yoga helps strengthen and stretch back muscles that might be tight, which improves mobility,” says Dr. Lauren Elson, medical editor of the Harvard Special Health Report AnIntroduction to Yoga (

Unfortunately, yoga injuries among older adults are on the rise. A study published in the November 2016 Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine found that between 2001 and 2014, yoga injury rates increased eightfold among people ages 65 and older, with the most common injuries affecting the back, such as strains and sprains.

So, the question is this: how can you protect your already-aching back from a therapy that has the power to soothe it?

The benefits of yoga

Yoga involves a series of poses, also called postures, and emphasizes breathing techniques. The postures teach you to stretch and strengthen your muscles, which helps reduce muscular tension, build flexibility and strength, and improve balance and bone strength.

For low back pain, yoga can be especially helpful to the muscles that support the back and spine, such as the paraspinal muscles that help you bend your spine, the multifidus muscles that stabilize your vertebrae, and the transverse abdominis in the abdomen, which also helps stabilize your spine.

The benefits of yoga go beyond muscles. The slow movements and the continuous focus on proper breathing can improve the emotional aspect of back pain by helping to lower stress and alleviate anxiety and depression.

What goes wrong

At its core, yoga is still a form of physical movement, and as with any other type of exercise, injuries can occur, especially involving the back. The main problems often happen when people don’t follow proper form and speed, and they quickly “drop” into a yoga pose without gradually “lengthening” into it, according to Dr. Elson.

This is similar to jerking your body while lifting a dumbbell and doing fast reps instead of making a slow, controlled movement, or running on a treadmill at top speed without steadily increasing the tempo. The result is a greater chance of injury.

In yoga, you should use your muscles to first create a solid foundation for movement and then follow proper form that slowly lengthens and stretches your body. For example, when you perform a seated spinal twist, which can be quite therapeutic for low back pain, the point is not to rotate as fast and far as possible.

“Instead, you should first activate your core muscles and feel as though the spine is lengthening. Then twist slowly until you feel resistance, and hold for as long as it’s comfortable,” says Dr. Elson.

Tips to protect your back on the mat

  • Avoid twisting and extending at the same time. This can compress intervertebral joints.
  • Rely on props like blocks and bolsters for additional support when you need them.
  • If you can’t reach your toes, hold a yoga belt in your hands and loop it around your feet.
  • Do forward bends while sitting rather than standing, and brace your belly as you return upright.
  • Always ask for help modifying a pose, and stop any move that is uncomfortable.

Make the right moves

Talk to your doctor about whether it’s okay to begin a yoga program if you suffer from low back pain. Dr. Elson suggests avoiding yoga if you have certain back problems, such as a spinal fracture or a herniated (slipped) disc.

Once you have the green light, you can protect your back by telling your yoga instructor beforehand about specific pain and limitations. He or she can give you protective modifications for certain poses or help guide you through a pose to ensure you do it correctly without stressing your back. Another option is to look for yoga studios or community centers that offer classes specifically designed for back pain relief.

Remember that the bends and twists and stretches of yoga are often what your low back needs to get healthier, so don’t be afraid to give it a try. “By mindfully practicing yoga, people can safely stretch and strengthen tight and aching back muscles,” says Dr. Elson.


The Good Place Actor Jameela Jamil Wants You To Know About These Scary Side Effects Of Slimming Teas

The Good Place Actor Jameela Jamil Wants You To Know About These Scary Side Effects Of Slimming Teas

Hollywood actor Jameela Jamil, who is known for her role in the English series ‘The Good Place’, has a message for all the celebrities who promote ‘miracle cures’ and fat burning or sliming teas and other products. Jamil, who is also a British television presenter, radio presenter and model, has been taking a firm stand against celebrities and social media influencers who promote brands which sell slimming products. She took to Twitter to voice her disapproval of such brands and celebrities who promote them, urging her fans and followers to ‘unfollow’ celebrities who promote weight loss miracle cures. She even posted screenshots of social media posts by celebrities like reality TV star Khloe Kardashian, singer and rapper Cardi B and singer Iggy Azalea, to drive the point home. All three celebrities have been promoting various slimming products through their social media pages, and soon Jamil’s followers started posting their own experiences with these slimming products.

Jameela Jamil posted a whole statement against slimming laxative teas stressing on the fact that they are unhealthy and unsafe for consumption. She said that these products only ‘give you diarrhea, which makes your tummy flat for a day.’ She further added by saying, ‘Please unfollow celebrities who try to push this nonsense on you. It’s not safe. It’s not FDA approved. No doctors advise you to use this stuff.’ She further gave us advice on how to actually lose weight in a healthy way: ‘If you want to “curb your appetite” eat some damn green vegetables or have some nutritious natural vegetable soup. Don’t drink these “detox” teas. You need fiber!’ Jamil said that if someone wants to get slimmer, they should ‘talk to a trainer/doctor’, instead of taking diet advice from ‘from women who know nothing about nutrition/basic advertising


Bitter pumpkins and squashes can make you go bald, doctor warns after two women lose hair due to toxins

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A doctor warned Friday that bitter-tasting pumpkins and squashes can contain potent toxins, after two women were poisoned by their dinners and lost most of their hair.

French dermatologist Philippe Assouly described the two unusual cases in a scientific journal, highlighting a previously unknown “toxic association of alopecia (hair loss) with a common plant”. The plant family in question are cucurbits and include squashes, gourds, and pumpkins.

In the first case, a woman in France suffered nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, which started soon after she ate a bitter-tasting pumpkin soup. The symptoms lasted for about a day. Then a week later, she started losing hair from her scalp and pubis.

“The meal had been shared with her family, who had eaten less of the soup than she had, and they experienced symptoms of food poisoning but no hair loss,” Assouly wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology.

A second woman experienced food poisoning with severe vomiting after a meal that included squash. Other diners had skipped the squash because it tasted bitter.

“About three weeks later, the patient experienced substantial hair loss on her head as well as severe alopecia on the armpits and pubic region,” the doctor said.

Cucurbits can contain cucurbitacin, a toxic compound that gives off a bitter taste.

The bitterness is bred out of domesticated cucurbits. But sometimes insects moving from one field to another cross-pollinate a cultivated plant with a wild or ornamental one.

“Bitterness in a squash should serve as a warning,” Assouly said. “One should not force a child to finish it.”

Three years ago, a German died of cucurbitacin poisoning after eating a zucchini (courgette) stew, the doctor said.

These are the first known cases of hair loss due to cucurbit poisoning.


Novel Drug May Help Treat Hair Loss; Try These Foods For Hair-Growth!

Novel Drug May Help Treat Hair Loss; Try These Foods For Hair-Growth!

According to a study published in the journal PLOS Biology, for people with receding hairlines, help may soon be on the way, as scientists have identified a drug, originally designed for osteoporosis- that can stimulate hair growth. Researchers in the UK showed that the drug has a dramatic stimulatory effect on human hair follicles donated by patients undergoing hair transplantation surgery. Researchers sought to develop new ways to promote human hair growth with the hope of finding novel, well-tolerated agents for treating androgenetic alopecia.

The team of researchers found that a compound originally developed to treat osteoporosis. The external application of the drug or similar compounds to balding human scalp, may promote hair growth. The researchers were able to conduct their experiments with scalp hair follicles that had generously been donated by over 40 patients and were then tested in organ cultures.

According to the researchers, when the hair growth promoting effects of the drug were previously studied in mice, a very different molecular mechanism of action was suggested. However, a clinical trial is required next to tell the researchers whether this drug or similar compounds are both effective and safe in hair loss patients.

Whether the drug helps in hair re-growth, the researchers still need to find out. However, the right kind of nutrients may also help in hair-regrowth. We have put together foods that help hair regrowth.

1. Eggs

Hair is made up of protein; therefore, it is important to ensure that you have enough protein in your diet and what better then egg? Protein is the building block of hair. So go on and add eggs in your daily diet.

2. Citrus fruits

Your body needs vitamin C for iron absorption, so you need to add citrus fruits to your diet. Add more lemons, oranges, grapefruits in your diet to ensure healthy and long tresses.

3. Nuts and seeds

Omega-3 fatty acids help nourish the hair and support thickening. Since your body cannot produce these healthy fats on its own, you need to derive them from your diet. Almonds and walnuts are really high in omega-3 fatty acids. You can also add flaxseeds to your daily diet too.

4. Whole grains

Whole grains are rich in biotin along with zinc, iron and B vitamins. Biotin is required for cell proliferation and plays and important role in producing amino acids that are needed for your hair to grow.

5. Carrots

Drink carrot juice daily, which is rich in vitamin A for hair growth. Vitamin A helps the scalp in producing the natural sebum oil that keeps it and the roots healthy to boost hair growth.