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Watermelon effectively lowers BP
A pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. 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

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

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for August 21, 2009

Himachal Pradesh Govt. sets up toll free number for swine flu information
The Himachal Pradesh Government has started a toll free number to provide information on swine flu to the general public. ANI

Abnormal immune response to wheat linked to type 1 diabetes
An abnormal immune response to wheat proteins may be the cause of type 1 diabetes in about 50 per cent of its cases, according to a study. ANI

Pregnant women recommended not to use fetal heart rate monitors
Pregnant women are being recommended against the use of Doppler devices, an ultrasound transducer used to detect the babys heartbeat, at home. ANI

How to split up a dangerous pair of cancer proteins
Chemotherapy that is more effective and has fewer side effects may be around the corner, for researchers at the University of Toronto Mississauga have devised a way to split up a dangerous pair of cancer proteins. ANI

Teens exposed to too much alcohol advertising on cable TV
A new US study has revealed that ads for beer, spirits and alcopop are frequently aired when more teens were watching television. ANI

Incontinence, breathing problems may lead to back pain in women
Women who suffer from incontinence, respiratory disorders and gastrointestinal problems are more likely to develop back pain, according to a new study. ANI

Findings on how bladder cells detect bacteria may help prevent urinary tract infections
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center may be close to devising a new way to stop or prevent the urinary tract infections (UTIs), for they have discovered how cells within the bladder are able to sense the presence of E. coli bacteria hiding within their compartments. ANI

Single gene offers promising approach to treat both ebola and anthrax infections
A minor reduction in levels of a gene called CD45 may provide protection against the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever and the bacterium that causes anthrax, according to a study. ANI

Even men can get breast cancer
Men too can get breast cancer, according to an American non-profit organization. ANI

Influenza vaccination may help cut antibiotic use
A Canadian study suggests that in addition to helping protect against disease, influenza vaccination may also prevent inappropriate antibiotic use. ANI

Smokeless tobacco ups risk of heart attack, stroke
Smokeless tobacco products like snus can higher a persons risk of having a fatal heart attack or stroke, says a new study. ANI

Health Minister Azad blames State CMs for slow H1N1 response
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday blamed State Chief Ministers for their slow response to the H1N1 outbreak. ANI

Diabetes drug increases heart failure risk
Commonly prescribed diabetes drug increases the risk of heart failure compared with a similar medication, says a new study. ANI

Acupuncture, exercise may help women with polycystic ovary syndrome
Acupuncture and exercise can bring relief to women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), according to a new study. ANI

Waste by-product of malaria parasites reproductive process linked to devastating fever
Studying hemozoin - a crystal-like by-product released during reproduction among parasites from the Plasmodium family - may help understand why malaria leads to devastating inflammation and fever, according to a Canadian study. ANI

People with HIV, TB, malaria should not rely on homeopathy, says WHO
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned people with HIV, TB and malaria to stay away from the use of homeopathic medicines. ANI

Darwin wrongly called the appendix a biological remnant, say researchers
Charles Darwin was wrong when he theorized that the appendix in humans and other primates was the evolutionary remains of a larger structure, called a cecum, which was used by now-extinct ancestors for digesting food, according to research collaborators from three U.S. institutions. ANI

Night home hemodialysis as good in treating kidney failure as transplant
A Canadian study has for the first time shown that night home hemodialysis is as good in treating kidney failure as transplants from deceased donors. ANI

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