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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 September 18, 2008

Babies are good communicators even in the absence of speech
Babies as young as one can pass on useful information, claim German scientists, who added that infants are excellent communicators. ANI

Flatworms can shed new light on cancer, stem cells
American researchers have found that the planarian, a flatworm normally living in freshwater, can serve as a new model for stem cell and cancer studies. ANI

Autistic kids have supercharged brains
Autistic kids have supercharged brains that are so clever that they make everyday experiences utterly overwhelming, a groundbreaking research claims. According to Swiss neuroscientists theory, autism is not caused by a brain deficiency. ANI

Antibiotics to delay labour can cause long-term harm to babies
Prescribing women antibiotics to delay premature labour may cause long-term harm to their babies, a new research has suggested. ANI

Ecstasys status could be downgraded to class B drug
Ecstasy could be downgraded from a class A drug when British governments drug advisers begin a review of its classification. ANI

Online gamers are no couch potatoes, claim US researchers
The stereotype of computer gamers being couch potatoes, is completely baseless, claim US researchers, who say that many people fond of gaming are in much better shape than the average people. ANI

Safe suntans are a physical impossibility, proclaim scientists
Examining the effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation on skin, American researchers have come to the conclusion that indoor tanning beds certainly do not offer a safe suntan. ANI

Rodents with long lifespans have evolved anti-cancer mechanisms
University of Rochester biologists claim to have discovered a novel anti-cancer mechanism in small-bodied rodents with long lifespans. ANI

Beautiful pieces of art can be the best painkillers
While art is known to express pain in the most beautiful way, a new study has found that looking at a striking painting can offer a distraction from physical pain. o reach the conclusion, the research was carried out by the University of Bari in Italy. ANI

New 3D technique for early breast cancer diagnosis developed
An international team of researchers have developed a new X-ray technique that would allow 3D visualizations of the breast and detect tumours at early stages. ANI

Sound of ocean waves, Mozart sonata can lower BP in elderly
The soothing sound of ocean waves along with a calming voice guiding to relax can significantly lower blood pressure in elderly people, finds a new study. ANI

High uric acid levels raise kidney disease risk in healthy people
High levels of uric acid in the blood of healthy individuals indicate that they are at an increased risk of developing kidney disease, says a new study. ANI

Top-selling prescription drugs claims found misleading for women
The claims of a top-selling drug have been questioned after a new research found that Lipitor does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems in women. ANI

Insulin-producing cells from human skin offer new hope for diabetics
In a groundbreaking achievement, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have successfully transformed human skin cells into cells that produce insulin, the hormone used to treat diabetes. ANI

Pregnant mums flu shots protect newborns as well
A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that newborns can be protected from seasonal flu if their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy. ANI

Kids who have obese friends, family more likely to misperceive own weight
A new study has found that children and teens surrounded by overweight peers or parents are more likely to be oblivious to their own extra pounds than kids from thin entourages. ANI

Pregnant women with bulimia more prone to anxiety and depression
Pregnant women with bulimia are more likely to have symptoms of anxiety and depression, according to a new study. ANI

Regular paracetamol use ups asthma risk three-fold
People who regularly use paracetamol are at three fold risk of having asthma, a new research has found. ANI

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