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Fake tanning products don’t protect you from skin cancer

Sunless tanning or fake tanning products like sprays, ointments, creams, foams, or lotions that promise tan skin without increased risk of skin cancer do not actually help prevent cancer. A new study conducted by the researchers of the University of Minnesota Medical School sought to assess the demographic characteristics and skin cancer risk behaviours of adult sunless tanners. Other factors associated with sunless tanning included having a family history of skin cancer. Adults who used sunless tanning products were more likely to use indoor tanning beds and were less likely to wear protective…

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India plans to cut oil imports from Iran, say officials

India is looking at slashing oil imports from Iran, and replacing them with more purchases from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait after US re-imposed sanctions on the Persian Gulf nation, government and industry officials said on Thursday. While a final view on US asking India and China to cut Iranian oil imports has not yet been taken, the petroleum ministry has asked refiners to tread cautiously and start looking at alternatives, they said. Bringing down imports to zero, as desired by the US, may however not be feasible, officials said. The…

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Watermelon for diabetes, here’s why diabetics should stay away from this fruit

Watermelon is known to be the favourite fruit of many people, but if you are a diabetic, you are bound to ask whether it is safe for you. We don’t want our favourite fruit to end up increasing our blood sugar levels right? The watermelon belongs to the gourd family, and has good nutritional value and is a great source of lycopene, which reduces your risk of cancer and heart disease. So considering that it has a high glycemic index and is a source of carbohydrates, should it be avoided by diabetics? “Watermelon…

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Pregnant and suffering from thyroid issues? It could lead to diabetes

Thyroid dysfunction during the first half of pregnancy may indicate an increased risk for gestational diabetes — a form of diabetes that is typically diagnosed during the second trimester. High thyroid hormone levels during pregnancy is also tied to increased the risk of premature delivery. The researchers also warned that after birth, it may also cause the baby to develop conditions like hypoglycemia — low blood sugar — which can be dangerous if not treated correctly. “Our study found that women with thyroid abnormalities in the first half of pregnancy…

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4 things that can help you decode returns from your investments

Photo: MorePixels The return we make on our investments is a vital data point in determining how our financial plan is progressing and making buying, selling and rebalancing choices. All these decisions may go wrong if that basic returns number is not evaluated and understood correctly. Here is what you need to know so that you interpret and use the information provided by the return numbers to further your investment plan. Look beyond the number What you see published as the return number may not be what your investment earned….

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Obesity can cause cancer. Aspirin pills can protect you from it

Aspirin, a medication used to treat pain, fever or inflammation, could significantly reduce the effects of obesity on cancer, suggests a study on mice. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of cancer, including colon, pancreatic and breast cancer. Previous research, too, showed that aspirin could reduce risk of cancer in the digestive tract, though it also caused side effects like gastrointestinal bleeding. The new study, from Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, showed that obesity could enhance cancer development by slowing down the key cancer defence mechanism. “Epithelial”…

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