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Passive smoking can increase diabetes risk

passive smokingMunich, June 14 : Results of a new German study indicate that passive smoking can increase the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.

The survey was carried out by the German Diabetes Centre and the Helmholtz Centre and looked at 1,351 people. Until now scientific studies had only shown a link between active smoking and diabetes.

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Fango sets standard for the healing power of mineral-rich mud packs

Munich  - In ancient Rome, people placed their trust in the healing and palliative powers of fango - the warm mineral-rich mud from volcanoes.

Deep-acting warm mud has been used at spas and physiotherapy practices to treat various ailments. In contrast to Italy, where there is aged fango and fango fortified with algae and microorganisms, in Germany, the climate stifles the volcanic mud's maturing process.

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Pregnant women should not use public whirlpools

Pregnant women should not use public whirlpools Munich - Spending time in a public whirlpool can be relaxing, but pregnant women should avoid them as germs in the water can be quite dangerous for both the expectant mother and her unborn baby.

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Germans link allergies to gene and skin protein

Germans link allergies to gene and skin proteinMunich - German scientists Wednesday linked allergy illnesses including dermatitis, hay fever and asthma to a gene in 8 per cent of European populations that deprives them of an essential skin protein.

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Angioplasty after heart attack boosts survival chances

Angioplasty after heart attack boosts survival chancesMunich  - Heart attack victims who immediately receive an angioplasty have a higher survival rate than those treated with fibrinolytic drugs, which is the usual procedure in many places, according to a report by the Munich-based DMW Deutsche Medizinische Wochenzeitschrift.

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Vaginal bleeding after menopause could be a sign of cancer

Munich - Women who experience unexpected vaginal bleeding after menopause should always consult their gynaecologist, said Germany's professional association for gynaecologists.

Vaginal bleeding after menopause could indicate cancer of the uterus, according to the Munich-based association.

Women not yet in menopause who experience unusually heavy or irregular periods, discharge and abdominal pain could have a tumour, the association added.

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Children can be relied on to ask questions about sexuality

Munich  - Parents have to be prepared to field questions about sexuality even from small children, says Germany's professional association for paediatricians.

There is no definitive age for educating children about sex, said the Munich-based association. Parents should be ready to provide enlightenment at all times, said Ulrich Fegeler, a spokesman for the association.

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Risk of cervical cancer higher among women who smoke

Cervical CancerMunich  - Smoking increases the risk of cervical cancer, according to the professional association of gynaecologists.

An infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) could more easily lead to cancer of the cervix in a woman who smokes than in a non-smoker, the Munich-based association said.

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Flare on ultra fast rotating star might help in understanding the youth of our Sun

Munich, Dec 20 : Astronomers have detected a flare on an ultra-fast rotating star located 150 light years away, using observations from ESO’s (European Southern Observatory) VLT (Very Large Telescope).

Nicknamed 'Speedy Mic' because of its fast rotation, this particular star will help scientists better understand the youth of our Sun.

With an age of only about 30 million years, this star is roughly 150 times younger than the Sun.

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