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Health News on May 23, 2012

New TB test promises to be cheap and quick
Researchers have come up with a microfluidic chip to test for latent tuberculosis. ANI

Affects of alcohol intake in elderly depend on dose and drinking pattern
Alcohol consumption may affect cognitive function and the risk of dementia in the elderly, both adversely and favourably as alcohol may have both a neuro toxic and neuro protective effect, depending on the dose and drinking pattern. ANI

Breast MRI 'better than clinical approach for predicting chemotherapy's efficiency'
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides an indication of a breast tumor's response to pre-surgical chemotherapy considerably earlier than possible through clinical examination, according to a new study. ANI

How high-fat foods trigger diabetes and metabolic syndrome
Scientists have found new clues about the health-damaging molecular changes set in motion by eating high-fat foods. ANI

Excess weight before and during pregnancy can result in larger babies
Women with excess weight, both before pregnancy and gained during pregnancy, may be at risk of having larger than average babies, which can result in increased risk of cesarean section or trauma during delivery, say researchers including one of an Indian origin. ANI

Asthma medication may up arrhythmias risk in kids and young adults
Use of inhaled anticholinergics (IACs) appears to increase risk of potentially dangerous heart arrhythmias among young asthma patients, according to a new study. ANI

Vitamin C can improve lung function in newborns of smoking women
Pregnant women who are unable to quit smoking can significantly improve the lung function of their newborns by taking Vitamin C daily. ANI

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