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Health News on October 20, 2010

Inhaling polluted coal smoke causing 'fluorosis' disease among Chinese villagers
Villagers in remote areas of southwestern China, who cook and dry their clothes by burning pieces of coal, are being affected with a disease 'fluorosis' that is caused by a toxin released during the burning process, according to an ongoing investigation by chemists at the University at Buffalo in New York. ANI

Probiotic drinks, yogurts 'do not aid digestion'
A leading European food watchdog has claimed that probiotic drinks and yogurts, popular with millions of consumers trying to eat healthily, do not boost the immune system or aid digestive health. ANI

Inhaling nitric oxide alleviates pain in sickle cell patients
A new research reports that inhaling nitric oxide can safely and effectively reduce pain in adults with sickle cell disease, a genetic blood disorder characterised by red blood cells. ANI

Postmenopausal hormone therapy 'ups breast cancer risk'
Use of estrogen plus progestin among postmenopausal women is associated with an increased incidence of more advanced breast cancers and with a higher risk of deaths attributable to breast cancer, recent study reveals. ANI

Babies born in October and November 'more likely to have food allergies'
A population based cohort study from Finland has shown that a child's likelihood of developing food allergies can be traced back to the season during which s/he completes their first three months of life in the womb. ANI

Turmeric boosts effect of chemo drug in head and neck cancer
Researchers with UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center have found that curcumin, the major component in the spice turmeric, when combined with the drug Cisplatin enhances the chemotherapy's suppression of head and neck cancer cell growth. ANI

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