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Health News on July 5, 2011

Antidepressant use during pregnancy may raise autism risk in kids
A new study has suggested that children born to women who take certain antidepressants, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, during the first trimester of pregnancy may modestly increase the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ANI

Satisfaction with life protects the heart from diseases
A new study has found that being satisfied with life, especially one's job, family, sex, and self, reduces the risk of heart disease. ANI

Women who sit for long periods 'at high risk of developing lung blood clots'
A study has found that women who sit for long periods everyday are two to three times more likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot in their lungs than more active women. ANI

Pill to quit smoking 'ups heart attack risk by 72 pc'
A Johns Hopkins study led by an Indian origin scientist has suggested that healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular anti-smoking drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo. ANI

Common painkillers 'can raise the risk of strokes, heart attacks'
A study has concluded that commonly used painkillers to treat inflammation are more likely to develop an increased risk of irregular heart rhythm (known as atrial fibrillation or flutter) - a condition which causes heart attacks and strokes. ANI

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