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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 18, 2009

7-month-old dies of swine flu in Mumbai, death toll rises to 29 in India
The death of a seven-month-old girl due to H1N1 virus in Mumbai on Tuesday, pushed the countrys swine flu death toll to 29. ANI

Worm study provides new model to study invasive cancer
A single cells behaviour during the development of the reproductive tract in the C. elegans worm is providing scientists with significant insights into cancers deadly ability to put down roots in new tissues after spreading throughout the body, say researchers. ANI

Low-income kids having sex as young as 12
A new US study has revealed that low income kids are likely to experience their first sexual intercourse at the tender age of 12. ANI

How to boost Alzheimers-fighting compounds value
A team of researchers from Purdue University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have shown that some of the polyphenols found in red wine, thought to help prevent Alzheimers disease, in fact reach the brain. ANI

Common variation in a gene may lead to structural changes in the brain
Common variations in a gene behind Retts Syndrome, autism, and mental retardation have been found to be linked with differences in brain structure in both healthy individuals and patients with neurological and psychiatric disorders, says a report. ANI

Family quarrels may promote headaches in children
A new study has revealed that family quarrels and lack of free time can lead to headaches in children. ANI

Extreme exercise as addictive as drugs
Runners, beware. A new study on mice has found that excessive running shares similarities with drug-taking behavior. ANI

Negativity ups mortality risk in peripheral arterial disease patients
Peripheral arterial disease patients with negative, inhibited personality type are at an increased risk of dying within four years, say researchers. ANI

Smoking may lead to brain damage in multiple sclerosis patients
Cigarette smoking can cause brain damage in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study. ANI

Vaccination programmes experts top priority to fight H1N1 pandemic
Vaccination for the prevention of H1N1 influenza virus should be given top priority just in case disease patterns in the northern hemisphere follow those in the southern hemisphere, says an editorial. ANI

Vitamins C, E supplements dont increase melanoma risk
Daily supplementation of vitamins C and E do not increase risk of melanoma in women, finds a new study. ANI

US-born Asian-American women more likely to contemplate suicide
A new study has found that US-born Asian American women are more likely to contemplate suicide as compared to the general population. ANI

How sugar feeds cancer
Gaining fresh insights into the notion that sugar feeds cancer, researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah may have moved a step closer to realising potential treatments to stop tumour growth. ANI

Scientists guide stem cells to damaged tissue using nanomagnets
University College London scientists have shown that it is possible to guide stem cells to sites of cardiovascular injury using microscopic magnetic particles, in a new method designed to increase the capacity of cells to repair damaged tissue. ANI

Gazing at pictures of cake, chocolates can help women fight flab
Contrary to popular opinion, pictures of tasty morsels can actually help strengthen self-control in weight-conscious women rather than encouraging them to eat, a new study has found. ANI

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