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Health News on August 12, 2011

The thinner elderly people are, the more they'll live, claims study
A new study involving an Indian-origin researcher has suggested that elderly people must maintain a normal weight to expand their life expectancy. ANI

How 'good brown fat' prevalent in leaner children can help combat obesity
Researchers have found that a type of "good" fat known as brown fat occurs in varying amounts in children, increasing until puberty and then declining, and is most active in leaner children. ANI

Smokers can now use Facebook to kick the butt
Nicorette, the leading provider of smoking cessation products, will launch the first Facebook application aimed at helping the 120 million Indian smokers (according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2009-2010), quit the habit of smoking. ANI

Drinking spirits ups risk of acute pancreatitis, but wine or beer does not
Drinking just one 4cl measure of spirits can increase the risk of an acute attack of pancreatitis, but wine or beer does not appear to have the same effect, according to researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. ANI

Depression ups risk of stroke in women
A new study has linked depression with increased risk of stroke in women. ANI

Low vitamin D linked to early menstruation, health problems later in life
Low vitamin D in young girls may lead to early menstruation, which is a risk factor for a host of health problems for teen girls as well as women later in life, according to a new study. ANI

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