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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 28, 2009

Online health news stories with negative, localized info attract more readers
Readers devote more attention and memory to news about local health threats than news about distant, or non-local, health threats, according to a study at the University of Missouri. ANI

Swine flu death toll reaches 89
With the death of a 39-year-old man in Mumbai, the nationwide swine flu toll has mounted to 89. ANI

Urine LAM-ELISA not effective as independent diagnostic test for pulmonary TB
A trial of the new diagnostic urine LAM-ELISA has indicated that it may not be useful as an independent diagnostic test for pulmonary tuberculosis (TB). ANI

Scientists uncover vulnerable enzyme that can be targeted to kill dangerous pathogens
A collaborative study conducted by researchers from three institutions in the U.S. has shown that an enzyme, which is essential to many bacteria, can be targeted to kill dangerous pathogens. ANI

Bariatric surgery can eliminate diabetes symptoms
Weight-loss surgery can help eliminate the symptoms of type 2 diabetes in nearly 80 percent patients, an international study has found. ANI

Fasting extends reproductive life span
Scientists have long asserted that females are born with their entire lifetimes supply of eggs, and once theyre gone, theyre gone. However, a new study suggests that in case of nematode worms, this does not hold true. ANI

Feeling hopeless can up stroke risk in women
Scientists at the University of Minnesota Medical School say that the feeling of hopelessness may make increase the risk of stroke in women. ANI

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