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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 August 11, 2009

Azad talks to chief ministers to step up efforts to tackle H1N1 Virus
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday talked to all the chief ministers with regard to preparedness to tackle H1N1 situation in the states. ANI

TV presenter confronts UK Government over decision to carry on with Tamiflu
Andrew Castle, a TV presenter, confronted British Health Secretary Andy Burnham over a Government decision to carry on with Tamiflu despite several warnings against it, saying that his daughter almost died after taking the anti-viral drug. ANI

Self control may help curb childhood obesity
Forbidding certain foods may not be the best way to curb childhood obesity, for a new study has revealed that childs inhibitory control, behaviour similar to self-control, could be more important than these restrictions. ANI

Researchers debunk myths about insulin
Experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that the fear about weight gain, which often cause type 2 diabetes patients to resist taking insulin, is largely unfounded. ANI

India swine flu toll rises to 10 with two more deaths
A 62-year old Thane woman and a Vadodara girl succumbed to the deadly swine flu virus on Tuesday taking the all India swine flu death toll to ten. ANI

Avian flu strain makes brain more prone to Parkinsons disease
Experts at St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital say that there is at least one strain of the H5N1 virus that leaves avian flu survivors at significantly increased risk for Parkinsons disease, and possibly other neurological problems later in life. ANI

Red cherries can give insomniacs the much-needed sleep
Cant sleep? Well, then red cherries can give you the passport to land of nod. ANI

How Chinese acupuncture affects brains ability to regulate pain
Benefits of Chinese acupuncture are known all over the world. But how it works at the cellular level is largely unknown. Now, a University of Michigan study has shed light on it. ANI

Scientists harness toxin in bee venom to kill tumour cells in mice
Washington University researchers have harnessed the toxin in bee venom to kill tumour cells. ANI

Temporary jobs contribute to psychological distress of workers
People who work on temporary basis face an increased risk of mental health problems, according to a new research. ANI

Substance abuse increases schizophrenia-violence association
A study has confirmed the association between schizophrenia and violence, and shown that drug and alcohol abuse may greatly increase it. ANI

New drug-resistant TB strains may become widespread, warn researchers
Australian researchers from the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney have warned that new strains of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) may become widespread. ANI

Sitting down too much at work can be a health hazard
A survey has found that workers spend 70 percent of their daily lives sitting down, which makes it a health hazard, as it not only makes one fat, but also puts one at risk of diabetes and heart disease. ANI

Healthy lifestyle habits cut chronic disease risk
Four healthy lifestyle factors-never smoking, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and following a healthy diet-can help keep the most common and deadly chronic diseases at bay, says a new study. ANI

Men who idealize masculinity 50pct less likely to seek preventative healthcare services
A new piece of research suggests that middle-aged men who strongly idealize masculinity are almost 50 percent less likely than others to seek preventative healthcare services. ANI

Breastfeeding cuts breast cancer risk
Women with a family history of breast cancer face a lower risk of developing the disease pre-menopause if they have ever breastfed a child, says a new study. ANI

How to reduce infection, lung distress in premature infants
A new study suggests that hospital-acquired infections and chronic respiratory distress with oxygen dependency among premature infants in neonatal ICUs can be reduced by improving the quality of care with the help of a new method. ANI

Optimistic women live longer, healthier
Being an optimist really is good for your health, especially if youre a woman, says a new research. ANI

Insufficient sleep may up diabetes risk
Insufficient sleep may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance, which in turn may increase the long-term risk of diabetes, concludes a new study. ANI

Scientist create white blood cells directly from embryonic and adult stem cells
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have moved a step closer to transforming embryonic stem cells into a multipurpose medical tool, for they have successfully transformed these versatile cells into progenitors of white blood cells and into six types of mature white blood and immune cells. ANI

8 risk factors for transformation of eye growths into melanoma unveiled
A team of Thomas Jefferson University researchers in the U.S. have identified eight risk factors to predict whether a choroidal nevus-a benign, flat, pigmented growth inside the eye and beneath the retina-may develop into melanoma. ANI

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