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Health News on October 7, 2011

Extra calcium during pregnancy only helps in preventing hypertension
A review has shown that calcium supplementation has no effect on preventing preterm birth or low infant birth weight and no effect on bone density in pregnant women. ANI

Most men 'wildly' underestimate size of their waistlines
Most men underestimate the size of their waistlines, and fool themselves into thinking they are 2in slimmer than they actually are, experts including one of Indian-origin has claimed. ANI

Why some people are more susceptible to diabetes
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, including one of an Indian-origin, have identified a gene that could explain why some people are more susceptible to diabetes. ANI

Marijuana use 'doubles risk of fatal car crash'
Researchers at Columbia University conducted a meta-analysis and found that drivers who test positive for marijuana or report driving within three hours of marijuana use are more than twice as likely as other drivers to be involved in motor vehicle crashes. ANI

Air pollution 'ups preterm birth risk by 30 pc'
Expectant mothers, who live in cities, are 30 percent more likely to give birth prematurely because of air pollution, a Californian-based study has claimed. ANI

Early male circumcision may help cut rates of HIV and HPV transmission
Early circumcision in males may be a positive step in slowing the spread of both HIV and the human papillomavirus (HPV) In South Africa, researchers say. ANI

Want muscles like Popeye? Eat mustard, not spinach
Are you a fitness fanatic looking to build your muscles like 'Popeye the Sailor'? Then consider reaching for the mustard, and not a can of spinach as claimed by the legendary cartoon character, who said "I am strong to the finish because I eat all my spinach". ANI

Eating less, not exercise, way to curb obesity, says ex top surgeon
Those wishing to shed some pounds should simply eat less rather than doing exercise, a leading surgeon has claimed. ANI

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