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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 8, 2009

14 new swine flu cases in Delhi
At least fourteen more people were reported to have tested positive for swine flu in the national capital on Saturday, pushing the total number of people afflicted with the H1N1 virus to 215 here. ANI

53-year-old woman dies of Swine Flu in Mumbai
A middle-aged Mumbai woman reportedly died of H1N1 flu infection on Saturday at the Kasturba Gandhi hospital here, registering second death due to Swine Flu in the country. ANI

Scientists identify carbon nanoparticles toxic to adult fruit flies, but benign to larvae
Experiments on fruit flies conducted by Brown University researchers have led to the identification of certain types of carbon nanoparticles that can prove environmentally toxic to adults, but which are benign when added to food for larvae. ANI

Now, a mini-magnet test to diagnose TB in just 30 minutes
It is now possible to diagnose tuberculosis (TB) in just 30 minutes, thanks to magnetic nanoparticles that can identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis in sputum, even at very low concentrations. ANI

Blueberry can help protect against hepatitis C virus infections
Blueberry leaves might offer protection against hepatitis C virus infections, according to researchers. ANI

Molecular mechanism that lets bladder feel fullness of urine uncovered
Japanese researchers have uncovered a molecular mechanism that enables bladder urothelial cells to feel stretch stimulation, and thereby sense fullness of urine. ANI

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