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Health News on May 2, 2012

Now, 'Menopause Map' to help women navigate treatment
Scientists have developed a first-of-its-kind interactive guide for women going through menopause to help them better understand their menu of treatment options, including whether hormone therapy may be right for them. ANI

Elevation in BMI can up heart disease risk
Maintaining a lower body mass index (BMI) can help reduce the risk of developing ischemic heart disease (IHD), say researchers. ANI

Computer use plus exercise may improve brain function in older adults
Combining mentally stimulating activities, such as using a computer, with moderate exercise decreases your odds of having memory loss more than computer use or exercise alone, according to a Mayo Clinic study. ANI

Fish oil capsules may benefit kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis
Taking fish oil capsules may help improve outcomes for kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis by reducing cardiovascular complications, says a scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. ANI

Vit D blood level for lowering key medical risks in older adults identified
In testing older patients' blood vitamin D levels, there is ambiguity about where the dividing line falls between enough and not enough. ANI

Potential 'dark side' of diets high in beta-carotene revealed
Consumption of excessive amounts of beta-carotene, a naturally occurring pigment that gives colour to foods such as carrots, sweet potatoes and certain greens, may be hazardous to health, suggests a new study. ANI

Sports and energy drinks can cause irreversible damage to teeth
Consumption of sports and energy drinks, which is increasing especially among adolescents, is causing irreversible damage to teeth-specifically, the high acidity levels in the drinks erode tooth enamel, the glossy outer layer of the tooth- say researchers including one of an Indian origin. ANI

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