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Health News on April 19, 2012

Transforming scar tissue into beating heart muscle may help repair cardiac damage
Researchers including one of Indian origin have declared a research breakthrough in mice that shows promise to restore hearts damaged by heart attacks-by converting scar-forming cardiac cells into beating heart muscle. ANI

New optical tool promises rapid and accurate diagnosis of malaria
A potential new optical imaging system may make the diagnosis of malaria much easier, faster and more accurate, a new study has revealed. ANI

London 2012 Olympics sponsor Mc Donalds draws criticism from obesity campaigners
McDonald's, a sponsor of the London Olympics, has drawn much criticism from obesity campaigners following the fast food brand's decision to give away free exercise toys with Happy Meals, as part of a national campaign, to make children more active ahead of the Games. ANI

Parents 'must not be too strict and restrictive over kids' diet'
A Norwegian nutritionist has shed light on what works - and does not work - when parents seek to teach their offspring how to eat healthy. ANI

Physical activities may help keep Alzheimer's at bay
Daily physical activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline, even in people over the age of 80, a new study has suggested. ANI

Naturopathic care can cut blood sugar levels, improve mood in diabetics
Type 2 diabetes patients who received naturopathic care (as an adjunct to conventional care) had lower blood-sugar levels, better eating and exercise habits, improved moods, and a stronger sense of control over their condition than did patients receiving only conventional care, researchers have found. ANI

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