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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 12, 2009

Diabetics need to be aware of the risk posed by metabolic syndrome
A leading diabetologist, Dr. Vikas Ahluwalia, has said people suffering from diabetes need to be aware of the dangers and risks posed by metabolic syndrome, but adds that while it is a lifelong condition, lifestyle changes can help to reverse it or reduce the risk factors. ANI

India swine flu death toll rises to 17
A 48-year-old succumbed to the deadly swine flu virus in Pune on Wednesday evening taking the countrys swine flu death toll to 17. ANI

Study to improve the health of young people in India
Scientists from the University of Southampton are exploring the link between low birth weight and diseases in later life to help improve the health of young people in India. ANI

Generation Y asked to record their sex views for health study
Health professionals in Australia are asking teenagers to record their thoughts and views on anything to do with sex, as part of a nationwide project called The Sex Files, aimed to capture the sexual health views of Generation Y. ANI

Government authorised hospitals for swine flu
In the wake of threat posed by A(HINI) influenza, the Government has authorised a number of hospital across the country for seeking medical attention for swine flu. ANI

How binge drinking affects attention and working memory
A new study on young Spanish university students has shown that binge drinkers expend more attentional effort to complete a given task, and that they also have problems differentiating between relevant and irrelevant information. ANI

Strep throat bacteria-associated antibodies linked to obsessive compulsive disorder
A study on mice suggests that paediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Tourette syndrome and/or tic disorder may develop from an inappropriate immune response to the bacteria causing common throat infections. ANI

Predicting future course of 2009 H1N1 virus difficult, say researchers
Studying past influenza pandemics for gaining clues to the future course of 2009 H1N1 virus, a pair of American researchers have come to the conclusion that flu viruses are notoriously unpredictable, and robust preparedness efforts must be made to deal with them. ANI

Mums are right: Washing hands before eating is the best way to stay healthy
Washing hands after digging in beach sand could effectively reduce exposure to microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses, according to a new study. ANI

Texting, not radiation affects kids brains
Repeated predictive texting, not radiation, is to be blamed for affecting brains of young people using mobile phones, says a new study. ANI

New computer system can revolutionise pain therapy for cancer patients
All computers at Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany may soon be installed with an innovative electronic system called AiDPainCare, which can make pain therapy more effective and better tolerated, besides reducing cancer patients fears of pain. ANI

Indian origin boffins discovery may lead to powerful new asthma treatment
A research team, including an Indian origin boffin, has made a new discovery that may lead to a powerful new treatment for asthma. ANI

How toxic various sizes of Alzheimers clusters can be to brains nerve cells
In a breakthrough that may pave the way for an effective treatment for Alzheimers disease, scientists at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have created various sizes of clusters in their lab, which exactly match the clusters of the amyloid -protein (A) protein that form in the brains of those affected with the disease. ANI

Mediterranean diet, exercise combo cuts Alzheimers risk
Combining exercise and the Mediterranean-type diet can cut the chances of developing Alzheimers by as much as 60 per cent, a new study shows. ANI

After women, men turn to crash dieting, pills to achieve perfect bod
Its not just women who spend half of lives obsessing over their figures, men too have joined the ladies in their weight-loss bandwagon, reveals a new UK poll. ANI

Just two cans of fizzy drink a day can cause severe liver damage
Drinking as little as two cans of fizzy drink a day can cause severe long-term liver damage, warns new study. ANI

New treatment may prevent brain damage in oxygen-deprived newborns
A new treatment to prevent brain damage among newborn infants may soon be available, thanks to new research findings. ANI

High exposure to oxygen during surgery may hasten Alzheimers development
A routine administration of high concentrations of oxygen for several hours during or after surgery may hasten memory loss among people predisposed to Alzheimers disease or with excessive amounts of beta amyloid in their brains, according to an animal study. ANI

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