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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 14, 2009

Blood clots in women taking the Pill rare
The Family Planning Association has claimed that British women are not routinely using the safest brand of the Pill, after two studies found that the risk of blood clots in females using oral contraceptives overall is small. ANI

Possible genetic links between environmental toxins and multiple myeloma identified
Researchers associated with the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) have identified several changes in DNA sequences called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are linked with a risk of bone disease in myeloma, a cancer of cells in the bone marrow that affect production of blood cells. ANI

Scientists shed new light on biological processes involved in cell death
In what may eventually lead to the development of new treatments for many diseases and conditions, scientists in the UK have made an important advance in understanding the biological processes involved in cell death. ANI

Obesity ups prostate cancer recurrence risk
A new study, led by an Indian-origin scientist, has shown that obesity increases risk of prostate cancer recurrence for both blacks and whites. ANI

Sleep patterns may help predict depression risk in teens
Sleep patterns can help predict which adolescents might be at higher risk of depression, says Indian-origin researcher Uma Rao from UT Southwestern Medical Centre. ANI

Womens exercise levels change as they take different roles in life
As women take on different roles in their life- with marriage, motherhood retirement or widowhood-the amount of exercise they do also changes, according to an Australian study. ANI

Cannabis may protect against osteoporosis
Cannabis may reduce bone strength in the young, and could also protect against osteoporosis, a weakening of the bones, in later life, a new study has found. ANI

Fruits, veggies, nuts keep kidney stones away
A healthy diet helps prevent kidney stones, says a new study. ANI

Indian-origin researcher unveils chemical that can selectively kill breast cancer cells
An Indian-origin researcher in Boston has announced the discovery of a chemical that works in mice to kill the rare, but aggressive, cells within breast that have the ability to seed new tumours. ANI

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