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Health News on February 25, 2011

Steroids to treat asthmatic children: How safe are they?
A new University of Montreal study is evaluating the impact of steroid use on the immune system of kids. ANI

'Wonderdrug' keeps breast cancer away
Experts have found that breast cancer drug Herceptin could keep new tumours away for more than four years. ANI

Multiple childbirth linked to increased risk of 'triple-negative' breast cancer
A new study has found that the more times a woman gives birth, the higher her risk of 'triple-negative' breast cancer, a relatively uncommon but particularly aggressive subtype of the disease. ANI

Home temperature and sleep loss linked to obesity
An Italian study has suggested that living in a cooler home and getting a decent night's sleep could help rein in the obesity epidemic. ANI

Missing sugar molecule 'increases diabetes risk'
Scientists say that an evolutionary gene mutation that occurred in human millions of years ago and our subsequent inability to produce a specific kind of sugar molecule appears to make people more vulnerable to developing type 2 diabetes, especially if they're overweight. ANI

Antioxidants in pecans 'good for your heart'
Naturally occurring antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to a new study from Loma Linda University (LLU). ANI

Fatty liver 'independently increases Type 2 diabetes risk'
In a new study, scientists have found that individuals with fatty liver were five times more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those without fatty liver. ANI

Menopausal hot flashes 'may protect women's hearts'
A new study has found that women who suffer from hot flashes when they begin menopause may be at lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and death. ANI

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