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Health News on February 1, 2011

Rust and sand could help detect cervical cancer, diarrhea
Scientists in Vietnam say that the next big thing in medical diagnostics could be magnetic nanoparticles of rust (iron oxide) coated with silicon dioxide, the material from which sand is formed. ANI

Tonsillectomy 'leads to excess weight gain in kids'
A new research has found that children who undergo the surgical removal of their tonsils (tonsillectomy), with or without the removal of their adenoids (adenoidectomy), are at increased risk for becoming overweight after surgery. ANI

Vitamin D deficiency linked to reduced lung function
A University of Cincinnati College of Medicine study has linked Vitamin D deficiency with reduced lung function. ANI

Boys infect boys with swine flu: Study
A new study of how swine flu spread in a primary school during the 2009 pandemic has revealed that boys predominantly pass on flu to other boys and girls to girls. ANI

New probiotic fights inflammatory bowel diseases
Northwestern Medicine researchers say that a genetically tweaked version of a common probiotic found in yogurt and cheese may be an effective therapy for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. ANI

Pill to repair damaged hearts 'just 5 years away'
A major research programme involving experts in Scotland has suggested that a pill to repair damaged hearts could be a reality in as little as five years. ANI

Childhood obesity comes from unhealthy lifestyle: Study
In a new study, researchers found that children who are obese were more likely to consume school lunch instead of a packed lunch from home and spend two hours a day watching TV or playing a video game. ANI

Kids who use cell phones '5 times more likely to develop brain tumour'
Experts have claimed that Kids who use cell phones could be up to five times more likely to develop a brain tumour than adults. ANI

Poor work ability linked to faster deterioration of health
A study has shown that poor work ability in midlife may be associated with an accelerated deterioration of health and functioning in old age. ANI

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