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Health News on March 31, 2011

Nine in 10 home dishcloths in UK harbour dangerous stomach bugs
A UK government survey has found that nine in ten home dishcloths harbour dangerous levels of stomach bugs. ANI

Asthma linked to smoking, nicotine dependence
New research from the University of Cincinnati suggests that a lifetime history of daily smoking and nicotine dependence can increase the risk of asthma. ANI

Lack of motivation, equipment decreases physical activity in boys
A new study has revealed that a lack of equipment and venues - and a lack of motivation even if those were available - are the main barriers to physical activity for adolescent boys. ANI

Indian-origin boffin finds 54 beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup
An Indian-origin scientist has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health. ANI

Eating chocolates, candies occasionally 'has no adverse health affects'
Candy and chocolate lovers tend to weigh less, have lower body mass indices (BMI) and waist circumferences, and have decreased levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and metabolic syndrome, according to a new study. ANI

Self-test health kits 'may do more harm than good'
Experts have claimed that home tests for potentially life-threatening conditions could do more harm than good. ANI

Diet-exercise combo improves obese seniors' quality of life
A new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has concluded that for obese seniors, dieting and exercise together are more effective at improving physical performance and reducing frailty than either alone. ANI

Food packaging harbours harmful toxins
A new study has confirmed that plastic wrappers, food cans and storage tubs deposit at least two potentially harmful chemicals into our food. ANI

Bariatric surgery cuts long-term cardiovascular risk in diabetics
A new study has shown that bariatric surgery reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients with diabetes. ANI

Singing lowers patient's BP prior to surgery
A case study has reported that singing lowers patient's blood pressure prior to surgery. ANI

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