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Health News on September 20, 2011

India reaffirms strong commitment to prevent and combat NCDs
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has reaffirmed India's strong commitment to the outcome document and firm resolve to prevent and combat Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) by improving accessibility and affordability of health care in a concerted and more collaborative manner. ANI

Link between stress and breast cancer aggressiveness found
A study has suggested that psychosocial stress could play a role in the etiology of breast cancer aggressiveness, particularly among minority populations. ANI

Smoking in films 'encourages teens to take it up'
A new UK research has suggested that teenagers who watch films depicting smoking are more likely to pick up the habit. ANI

Diabetes sufferers 'twice as likely to get dementia later in life'
A new study conducted in Japan has found that those with diabetes are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's and other types of dementia later in life, compared to those having normal blood sugar levels. ANI

How high salt intake and obesity team up to wreak havoc on BP, kidneys
High dietary salt intake and obesity, when combined, deliver more damage to the heart and kidneys than the sum of their individual contributions. ANI

Now, exercise regularly to beat brain fatigue
It is well known that exercising regularly increases the number of mitochondria in muscle cells which, in turn, results in enhanced strength or endurance. ANI

Yawning may be natural 'brain-cooling' mechanism
Yawning, popularly considered a mark of boredom or fatigue, could serve as a method for regulating brain temperature, according to a new study. ANI

Craving for junk food? Blame it on low sugar in brain
Feeding the brain with sugar could dampen our desire for high-calorie food, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher. ANI

Millions put themselves at risk believing spray tan will stop skin cancer
A study has found that millions of people are putting themselves at risk of developing skin cancer, because they believe that a spray tan will protect them from getting sunburnt. ANI

Obese women 'more likely to lose ability to walk when they age'
Overweight women are more likely to have less leg strength and power when they age than those considered normal weight, say researchers at The University of New Hampshire. ANI

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