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Health News on October 17, 2011

Our willpower depends on blood sugar levels, claims new book
A new book has suggested that our levels of willpower are directly linked to our consumption of glucose (in other words, sugar). ANI

Premature babies 'five times more likely to have autism'
Premature infants are five times more likely to have autism than children born at normal weight, according to new research. ANI

Tailor-made epidurals can significantly affect pain care during labour
First-time mothers, obese women, and women who have longer labours are at higher risk for pain than other labouring women, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher. ANI

Alkaline or pH diet not only helps loss weight, but eases variety of ailments
The alkaline or pH diet not only aids weight loss but can help alleviate a variety of ailments from indigestion to arthritis, followers of the diet have claimed. ANI

Brit spinal surgeon finds new way to beat crippling back pain sans surgery
A spinal surgeon in Britain has pioneered a new treatment to heal severe back pain without surgery, which used to be the only answer for the pain. ANI

32 new genes that regulate liver function identified
A team of researchers including one of Indian-origin has identified a large number of areas in the human genetic code that are involved in regulating the way in which the liver functions. ANI

Stressed women more likely to have baby girls
Women who are stressed while trying for a baby could be more likely to have girls, according to new research. ANI

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