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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 24, 2009

Fortis to acquire ten Wockhardt hospitals
Fortis Healthcare Ltd., one of Indias leading chain of private hospitals with a network of 28 hospitals (including 12 satellite and heart command centers) and Wockhardt Hospitals Limited today announced the execution of a definitive agreement providing for purchase of eight operating hospitals and two hospital projects under construction. ANI

Brits are blind to risks of having bigger waistline, says report
A new survey has revealed that most Brits are blind to the fact that the pounds they are piling on are putting them at risk of having health problems. ANI

Weight loss shows spark fears of child eating disorders
In wake of the increasing number of eating disorder cases, experts have warned that kids should be banned from watching weight loss shows. ANI

Marriage, the secret to beating cancer
They may joke that marriage raises their blood pressure but married people have the best chance of surviving cancer, a new study has found. ANI

Epilepsy linked to disruption of brain development during early childhood
Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) say that a form of partial epilepsy, which is associated with auditory and other sensory hallucinations, may result from the disruption of brain development during early childhood. ANI

How diarrhoeal bacteria may cause some colon cancers
Johns Hopkins scientists have gained significant insights into how bacteria that cause diarrhoea may also be responsible for some colon cancers. ANI

Kids more likely to develop diabetes in winters
Kids under the age of 15 are at a higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes in winters, finds a new study. ANI

Laughter may be the worst medicine for asthmatics
A good laugh is considered to be the best medicine, but a new research suggests that it may trigger serious asthma attacks. ANI

Smoking may aggravate malnutrition in developing countries
Smokers may exacerbate the problem of malnutrition in developing countries because they tend to finance their habit by dipping into the family food budget, say a pair of researchers. ANI

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