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Health News on May 29, 2012

Aggressively controlling glucose levels may not cut kidney failure in diabetics
Intensively controlling glucose (glycemic) levels in type-2 diabetes patients may not reduce the risk of kidney failure, researchers have found. ANI

Smoker's lungs better than none for patients who need transplant
Patients who need new lungs are happy getting it from smokers than no lung at all, even though they know that they are likely to live shorter life than those who get a lung transplant from a nonsmoker, a new study suggested. ANI

Alzheimer's pill could help cure shopaholics
A pill designed to treat Alzheimer's could help compulsive shoppers curb their devastating habit, say psychiatrists. ANI

Women advised to steer clear of hormone replacement therapy
Women who are past menopause and healthy should not use hormone replacement therapy in hopes of warding off dementia, bone fractures or heart disease, says a new analysis that weighs the risks and benefits of screening and other therapies aimed at preventing illness. ANI

Virologists reach Gorakhpur to find cure for encephalitis
A team of 15 virologists visited villages that are worst affected by encephalitis near Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, with a motive to find remedies to combat the spread of the disease. ANI

Common painkillers like aspirin 'can help protect against skin cancer'
Aspirin or ibuprofen dramatically slashes the risk of developing skin cancer and appear to give people who regularly take them protection against it, new research has found. ANI

China mulls measures to address children's drug scarcity
China's drug watchdog will consider taking measures to address the country's lack of children's drugs such as granting children's drug producers easier market access or exclusive market shares, the Beijing News reported Tuesday. ANI

Southampton Varsity researchers awarded over 28K pounds for new dementia study
Scientists in Southampton are beginning a new study to shed light on the role of the immune system in Alzheimer's disease, thanks to a grant of 28,656 pounds from Alzheimer's Research UK, the UK's leading dementia research charity. ANI

Women working in night shifts at high breast cancer risk
Women who regularly work into the early hours can be nearly four times as likely to develop breast cancer, scientist have warned. ANI

'One-size-fits-all' approach may not always work when treating BP in diabetics
Aggressive efforts to lower blood pressure in people suffering from diabetes are paying off and possibly too well, say researchers. ANI

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