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7th April 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
Prolonged overnight fasting can prevent cancer
Jainism promotes not eating after sunset and Vipassana Meditation course does not allow eating after 5pm.
A western study has now shown that prolonging the overnight fasting interval may be a simple, nonpharmacological strategy for reducing a person's risk of breast cancer recurrence and even other cancers.
Not eating in the evening and at night could reduce the risk for recurrence of breast cancer as per a study in the March 31 issue of JAMA Oncology.
In a cohort of 2400 women with early-stage breast cancer, it was found that fasting less than 13 hours per night was associated with a 36% higher risk for disease recurrence as compared with fasting 13 or more hours per night.
A nonsignificant 22% higher risk for mortality from any cause was also observed among patients who fasted for shorter periods in comparison with those who fasted for 13 hours or more overnight.
The authors also found that fasting fewer hours per night was associated with significantly less sleep and higher levels of glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c).
Each 2-hour increase in nightly fasting duration was statistically significantly associated with a 0.37 mmol/mol lower HbA1c level (β = –0.37) and more hours of sleep per night (β = 0.20).
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Heart Care Foundation of India & Indian Medical Association to organize the
Perfect Health Parade on occasion of World Health Day‚Äč
New Delhi, April 6, 2016: Reinforcing their commitment to raising health preventive awareness in the country, the Indian Medical Association and Heart Care Foundation of India will flag off the Perfect Health Parade tomorrow. 

Speaking at a press conference today, Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA and President HCFI & Dr Vinay Aggarwal, Past President IMA said, “The Perfect Health Parade is a flagship yearly event of HCFI that we have been organizing since over two decades with the purpose of educating the public about the necessity of making timely lifestyle modifications to help prevent life-threatening diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and dyslipidemia. In addition to this, our endeavor has also been raise awareness about the importance of sanitation and cleanliness in the prevention of diseases such as gastroenteritis, malaria, dengue and diarrhea. All these conditions are preventable and raising awareness is key”.
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Yoga for Health
21st June is International Yoga Day: 76 days to go    
Immediate effect of yogic visual concentration on cognitive performance

There was a significant improvement in performance on the Stroop color-word test after trataka (yogic visual concentration technique) compared to the control session. Participants performed better on the Stroop color-word test after trataka vs control session suggesting that the trataka technique increased the selective attention, cognitive flexibility and response inhibition.
The literal meaning of the Sanskrit word trataka is “to gaze steadily”. Looking intently with an unwavering gaze at a small point until tears are shed is known as trataka (J Tradit Complement Med. 2015 Jan 8;6(1):34-6).
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Webcast Topic: Microbiome 
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