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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 19, 2009

Swine Flue cases rise to 211 in Karnataka, as 17 test positive for HINI
The total number of the confirmed swine flu affected cases risen to 211 in Karnataka on Wednesday with 17 individuals testing positive for H1NI virus. ANI

Modi Govt. invokes Epidemic Act, as 9 fresh cases of H1N1 reported
Expressing concerned over the consistent rise in swine flu cases in different parts of the State, the Gujarat government on Wednesday opted to invoke the pidemic Act ANI

Oz Federal Govt. cracks downs on weight-loss industry as obesity rate rises
The Federal Government in Australia has decided to take a look into the massive diet and weight-loss industry, following reports that the obesity rate in the country is still climbing. ANI

Scientists manufacture first vaccine for dreaded cruise ship virus in a tobacco plant
A tobacco plant has yielded a unique vaccine for norovirus, a dreaded cause of diarrhoea and vomiting. ANI

Scientists unveil new way to clinically assess condition of tooth enamel using lasers
A collaborative study conducted by Australian and Taiwani researchers has led to a novel way to analyse the health of human teeth using lasers. ANI

Heart attack death rates fall in US following hospitalization
There has been a significant reduction in the death rates of heart attack patients over a decade in the US following efforts to improve care. ANI

Genetic variations lined to brain size
In what may help improve the scientific understanding of autism and other neurological disorders, an international team of researchers have for the first time shown that natural variations in a specific gene influence brain structure. ANI

Mutation in high blood pressure-regulating gene linked to inherited kidney disease
A collaborative study has shown that a mutation in a gene that helps regulate high blood pressure is a cause of inherited kidney disease. ANI

Personality traits associated with chronic worrying can lead to early death
Too much worry and stress can lead to early death, at least in part, as people are more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviours, such as smoking, say researchers. ANI

Popcorn may help keep heart disease, cancer at bay
Eating a bowl of popcorn while watching movies could give your health a boost, according to a new research. ANI

Some kids can safely drink milk, consume dairy products after allergy treatment
If researchers at the Johns Hopkins Childrens Center are to be believed, some children with a history of severe milk allergy can safely drink milk and consume other dairy products every day. ANI

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