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New study confirms smoking, cancer link (reissue)
Taking up smoking results in epigenetic changes associated with the development of cancer, UK scientists have reported. ANI

Blame your mom for your muffin top or thunder thighs
A new study by an international team of researchers, including Cambridge and Oxford experts, has revealed that our propensity to be apple or pear-shaped is at least partly in our genes. ANI

Chemicals in mother's blood linked to child's obesity
A team of scientists has revealed that babies whose mothers had relatively high levels of the chemical DDE in their blood were more likely to both grow rapidly during their first 6 months and to have a high body ma*s index (BMI) by 14 months. ANI

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for December 19, 2008

Lung cancer becomes biggest killer of Australian women
Lung cancer has for the first time overtaken breast cancer to become the top killer of women Down Under, according to a report. ANI

Repeated miscarriages, infertility treatment up pre-eclampsia risk for women
Repeated miscarriages and hormone treatment for infertility may make pregnant women prone to pre-eclampsia, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. ANI

Common anti-depressant Prozac can fight cancer drug resistance
Tel Aviv University (TAU) researchers have found that Prozac is not only effective in fighting depression, but also in dramatically enhancing the efficacy of a widely used anti-cancer drug. ANI

Common infant virus may cause type 1 diabetes
A harmless virus, which is encountered by most infants and displays few symptoms, may trigger type 1 diabetes, according to a new study. ANI

US Air Force to use battlefield acupuncture for pain relief
With the rise in the popularity of acupuncture as a pain-relief therapy, the U.S. Air Force is showing interest in the treatment. ANI

Defence personnel hold HIV/AIDS workshop
To spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and its impact among defence personnel, a three-day workshop on HIV/AIDS Peer Educator with stress on Train the Trainer commenced here. ANI

Drug eluting stents do make for better angioplasty outcomes
In a new study, researchers found that patients receiving drug eluting stents (DES) - stents coated with medication to prevent narrowing of the artery - as part of an angioplasty had better outcomes one year later than patients with bare metal stents. ANI

MRI brain scans may offer accurate, early Alzhimers diagnosis
A study has lent some force to the suggestion that MRI scans, which detect shrinkage in specific regions of the mid-brain, can accurately diagnose Alzheimers disease before its symptoms interfere with a persons daily function. ANI

Scientists uncover biomarkers for ischemic stroke prediction
Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have identified two proteins, whose presence in the blood may indicate that a patient is at an increased risk of having a stroke. ANI

Culling process in Assam to be over today
The culling process of poultry in the bird flu affected areas in Assam is expected to be completed by this evening. ANI

Obese breast cancer survivors at increased lymphedema risk
Breast cancer survivors, who are obese or overweight, face a lifetime risk of developing lymphedema, a chronic condition that involves swelling of the limbs and affects physical and psychosocial health, according to a new study. ANI

Aerosol spray may help prevent death of brain cells after stroke
Experiments on mice have shown that delivering neuroprotective drugs to the brain using a nasal aerosol spray may help prevent the death of brain cells after stroke. ANI

A walk in a park a day can help keep mental fatigue at bay
A simple walk in the park a day can help improve your memory and attentiveness, according to a new study. ANI

Study highlights harmful effects of steroids during pregnancy
Pregnant women at risk of preterm delivery should not be given multiple doses of steroids, say researchers. ANI

Scientists studying how asbestos fibres cause cancer
Ohio State University scientists claim that they are for the first time studying how an asbestos fibre triggers cancer in human cells. ANI

Coca-Cola does not kill sperm, says researcher
Coca-Cola does not work as a contraceptive, a scientist has cautioned. ANI

Panic attack may raise heart attack risk
A new study has found that people who suffer from panic attacks or panic disorder have a greater risk of subsequently developing heart disease or suffering a heart attack than the normal population, with higher rates occurring in younger people. ANI

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