POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Mar 12, 2015 AT 22:21 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 12, 2015 22:21 IST

Truth is bitter and reality is a bitter pill to swallow, going by which one can say that anything that puts an end to delusions or puts something straight is never quite pleasant.

Funnily, medicines too have a reputation of being bitter and this time, we aren't just talking figuratively. It is but natural that one may therefore feel drawn to medicines that are nothing but little sugary pills, the one that your homeopath gives you, because who doesn't like sweets? But you can't simply be sweet with the bad guys, can you?

Homeopaths believe that illness-causing substances can, in minute doses, treat people who are unwell.

By diluting these substances in water or alcohol, homeopaths claim the resulting mixture retains a "memory" of the original substance that triggers a healing response in the body.

Many studies have been conducted on these claims so far.

But the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has for the first time thoroughly reviewed 225 research papers on homeopathy to come up with its position statement:

Based on the assessment of the evidence of effectiveness of homeopathy, NHMRC concludes that there are no health conditions for which there is reliable evidence that homeopathy is effective. People who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments for which there is good evidence for safety and effectiveness.

An independent company also reviewed the studies and appraised the evidence to prevent bias.

NHMRC CEO Warwick Anderson said:

All medical treatments and interventions should be underpinned by reliable evidence. NHMRC's review shows that there is no good quality evidence to support the claim that homeopathy works better than a placebo.

Full text of NHMRC's statement:

NHMRC Statement Homeopathy

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 02, 2014 AT 00:52 IST ,  Edited At: Nov 02, 2014 05:52 IST

It was yet another Saturday evening in Delhi.

Among the many exciting things happening in the capital, apparently, was the opening of a new gym, where one Mr Robert Vadra happened to be present.

Which resulted in this:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Nov 02, 2014 AT 00:52 IST, Edited At: Nov 02, 2014 05:52 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Oct 15, 2014 AT 23:33 IST ,  Edited At: Oct 15, 2014 23:33 IST

It started with a front-page report in the Hindu's Delhi edition today:

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 11:51 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 IST

The trending Ice Bucket Challenge seems to have finally reached India with actress Hansika Motwani and ace tennis player Rohan Bopanna being two of the first in the country to pour a bucket of ice cold water on themselves.

Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched in ice cold water, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge USD 100 to ALS research.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 15, 2014 AT 15:23 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 15, 2014 15:23 IST

The health minister Harsh Vardhan was recently in the news for his views on sex education.

EastIndiaComedy looks  'at India's attitude towards sex through a "government approved" sex education lecture.'

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