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Health News on December 16, 2010

Soon, cold plasma jets to replace antibiotics
Popping antibiotics may soon become a thing of the past, for a new study has revealed that that cold plasma jets could be a safe and effective alternative to these pills to treat multi-drug resistant infections. ANI

Smokers '7 times more likely to get lung cancer than non- smokers'
Smokers are seven times more likely than non-smokers to get lung cancer, a recent study by National University of Singapore (NUS) has shown. ANI

Kiwi experts' warning over fad diet using placenta hormones
Kiwi nutrition experts have issue warning over the potentially harmful repercussions of a recently revived fad diet based on hormones from human placenta. ANI

Nanoscale gene 'ignition switch' could help detect and treat cancer
A new study in mice has shown that a set of genetic instructions encased in a nanoparticle can be used as an "ignition switch" to rev up gene activity that aids cancer detection and treatment. ANI

'Staph' bacteria prefer the taste of human blood
Vanderbilt University scientists have discovered that "Staph" bacteria prefer the taste of human blood. ANI

Body fat distribution linked to a higher risk of ER-negative br*ast cancer
A new study has revealed that body fat distribution does not play an important role in the incidence of every subtype of premenopausal br*ast cancer, but is associated with an increased risk for estrogen receptor (ER)-negative br*ast cancer. ANI

Being a part of social groups 'can improve mental health'
A new study has concluded that being a part of many different social groups can improve mental health and help a person cope with stressful events. ANI

A quarter of Brit kids are overweight or obese by the age of 5
A new report has revealed that a quarter of Brit children are already overweight or obese when they start school at the age of 4. ANI

New discovery shows promise against pancreatic cancer
Johns Hopkins scientists have made a new discovery that could be helpful in the fight against pancreatic cancer. ANI

How 'chameleon-like' HIV virus eludes treatment by mutating
A new study has shed light on how chameleon-like HIV virus constantly mutates into forms and gets away even from the best cocktail of current therapies. ANI

Bacteria that live on and in humans orchestrate health and disease
A new study has suggested that the old saying from Aesop's fables-You are known by the company you keep-also applies to the trillions of microscopic bacteria and viruses that live on the human body. ANI

Southampton Varsity probing if deaf have better language skills
The University of Southampton is investigating whether deaf teenagers have better language skills if they are identified as deaf just after they are born. The scientists will investigate the children's level of development and compare them to deaf teenagers who were not screened as newborn babies. ANI

3D TVs 'can cause headaches, nausea'
Scientists have warned that 3D TV can disorientate the brain, causing eye strain, headaches, nausea and sickness. ANI

'Famine survival gene' offers clues to cause of obesity
Apart from junk food, desk jobs, and inactivity, there is one more thing behind those unwanted pounds - our genome, which has apparently not caught up with the fact that we no longer live in the Stone Age, suggests a new study. ANI

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