Lifestyle

How to choose the right wisteria for your garden

When the Far East gave the West her first wisteria vines, they tricked us out of our flowers. Plant hunters were given seeds of Wisteria sinensis, not plants, to take back home to France and England. The sharers failed to explain these incredible vines share a wide variation in flowering age. Most flower from 8 to 12 years after germination. ... Read More »

How to clean hardwood floors

The No. 1 rule for cleaning your hardwood floors is: Do no harm. Hardwood flooring has been around for centuries, but there’s still some confusion about the best way to maintain it. One of the biggest problems, of course, is there are so many different types of hardwood available—with some finishes requiring different care than others. Fortunately, with the right ... Read More »

She weaves a spell in Navajo tradition

Marilyn Greaves of Fair Oaks, Calif. may have been born and raised in Sacramento, but her heart belongs to Navajo country. “I’ve always loved the Southwest and all the things that go with it,” said the Fair Oaks woman. “I bought a little rug in the early ’90s—and just went from there.” Her first Navajo rug—a small memento for a ... Read More »

6 lessons for your first job

Unless you are extremely lucky, your first job is usually not your dream job. Sometimes, it is a pain the neck. Keep in mind, however, that no matter how much you hate it, this is where you will learn the ropes. The lessons – sometimes painful – you learn here will equip you with the skills necessary to land the ... Read More »

The unusual suspects: 7 reasons why flu can get you… and not just during season change

Everyone dreads the change of season, because it means that everyone is susceptible to the seasonal flu. According to Dr Mohsin Wali, general physician and cardiologist, and Dr Vinayak Abbot, Ayurvedic practitioner, apart from the change in the weather and the yo-yo rise and fall in temperature, there are quite a few unusual reasons that can also cause flu. Here’s ... Read More »

Struggling with your mental health? Adopt a pet to help you

Your pet is good for your mental health, according to a study. Researchers from the universities of Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton suggest that pets provide benefits to those with mental health conditions. A previous study said that for individuals suffering from various mental illness, pets can provide them with unconditional support as well as help manage stigma. There is increasing recognition ... Read More »

Suffering from seasonal depression? Here are easy, practical ways to fight it

Every year it happens like clockwork, yet every year nothing seems to soften the blow – the anticipation and excitement of the holidays have come and gone, and our New Year’s resolutions have either been maintained through January or have faded into a distant memory – the cold days of winter have settled in.With it comes a seasonal pattern of ... Read More »

Here’s why women are more likely to suffer from a stroke than men

Researchers have found that stroke disproportionately affects women as compared to men due to factors such as fluctuations in naturally occurring hormone levels, early age of menarche, and menopause. According to the researchers, stroke is a leading cause of disability that affects 55,000 more women than men each year. “Many people don’t realise that women suffer stroke more frequently than ... Read More »

Hunger games: Why you tend to overeat after weight loss

Ever wondered why it is so difficult to maintain a healthy weight after substantial weight loss? The hunger hormone ghrelin tricks the bodies into thinking that it needs to eat more, and may be the culprit, research has shown. According to Catia Martins, Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), most people with obesity are able ... Read More »

Beware, flu season is on and as bad as 2009 swine flu

The flu has further tightened its grip on the US. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A report out on Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor in the US last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in ... Read More »