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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 22, 2009

Goa said to have registered its first swine flu death
The coastal state of Goa on Saturday is said to have registered its first swine flu death when a 67-year-old man died at a private hospital here. ANI

Two more swine flu deaths reported in Pune, Chennai
Two more swine flu deaths were reported on Saturday in the country, taking the death toll to 47. ANI

Two more swine flu deaths reported in Pune, Chennai
Two more swine flu deaths were reported on Saturday in the country, taking the death toll to 47. ANI

Lies, half truths and media hype of swine flu (Article)
I wonder as to how long will medicines flagship educational events (like warning of epidemics) fly the colours of the drug industry. Isnt this a new Avatar of the common influenza that we have had for centuries? ANI

Gene discovery sheds light on a critical proteins function in hearing
Scientists have identified a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear. ANI

First non-surgical procedure to prevent major cause for heart-related stroke performed in US
A pair of Indian-origin physicians at The Mount Sinai Medical Center become the first doctors in America to perform a non-surgical procedure using sutures to tie off a left atrial appendage (LAA), the source of blood clots leading to stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AFib). ANI

Manorexia on rise in recession-hit Britain
The ongoing credit crunch is making increasing number of British men anorexic. ANI

Young women exercise less than male counterparts: Study
A new study by University of Michigan researchers has shown that young women in their 20s consistently exercise less than young men, despite mounting public health concerns about obesity. ANI

How too much cholesterol puts life at risk
A new study has found that cholesterol can affect the flow of the electrical currents that generate the heartbeat. ANI

High insulin levels may increase prostate cancer risk
Researchers have found that high insulin levels might increase the risk of developing prostate cancer. ANI

Daylight could help fight obesity
A new study, conducted by researchers at The University of Nottingham, has suggested that daylight could help control weight. ANI

Why low vitamin D ups diabetics heart disease risk
A new study has revealed that low levels of sunshine vitamin can almost double heart disease risk in diabetes patients. ANI

Brain rewires its circuits to recuperate from damaged neural function after stroke
Researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences (NIPS) in Japan have found in a study on mice that, upon cerebral stroke in one side of the brain, another side rewires its neural circuits to recuperate from damaged neural function. ANI

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