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Health News on May 6, 2011

Arsenic in drinking water ups heart disease risk
A recent study has found that exposure to even moderate levels of arsenic in drinking water can increase the risk of heart diseases, especially among smokers. ANI

e-cigarettes can be fatal if used inappropriately: Queensland Health
In a major step to curb the usage of 'e-cigarettes', Queensland Health has issued a warning about its dangers. ANI

Female-to-male transsexual people have higher number of autistic traits
A new study has found that female-to-male transsexual people have a higher than average number of autistic traits. ANI

New tool to assess asthma-related anxiety effectively developed
It has been observed that when children or adolescents with asthma and their parents become overly anxious, it may weaken their ability to cope up with the disease effectively. ANI

How obesity spreads among friends and family
Previous studies have shown that obesity is a socially contagious disease. ANI

Surgeons completely rebuild pelvis of cancer patient
A multi-disciplinary team of surgeons has completely rebuilt the pelvis of cancer patient. ANI

Health Minister Azad urges youth to donate blood
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday called upon the youth to imbibe spirit of volunteerism and come forth for noble causes like blood donation. ANI

Parental exposure to plastic chemical linked to kid's lower birth weight
A new study has found that parental exposure to bisphenol A (BPA)- a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins - during pregnancy is associated with decreased birth weight of offspring. ANI

Key gene for deadly childhood cancer identified
Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified a key gene in the malignant rhabdoid tumor that strikes children under three years. ANI

Drinking coffee, having sex, blowing nose raise risk of stroke
A study has found that drinking coffee, have sex, or even blowing your nose, could temporarily raise your risk of rupturing a brain aneurysm and suffering a stroke. ANI

Is your wife 'too tired' for sex? Blame her faster circadian rhythms
Women may be too tired for sex in the evenings because their circadian rhythms are faster than men's and so they need to go to sleep earlier, according to a new study. ANI

'No smoking' signs actually drive smokers to light up a cigarette
A new psychological study has found that 'no smoking' signs evoke desire in smokers and encourage them to take a puff. According to scientists, this is called the 'ironic effect' on smokers. ANI

Toddlers given milk at bedtime likelier to become obese
A new research has suggested that toddlers given milk at bedtime are far more likely to be overweight when they are older. ANI

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