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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 December 18, 2009

Barriers associated with regular exercise in health clubs
A new study has revealed that negative emotions prevent people from exercising regularly in health clubs. ANI

Two-thirds of mums-to-be are frequently exposed to physical risk at work
A new study has shown that almost two-thirds of expectant mothers believe they are frequently exposed to physical risk at workplace. ANI

Call for ban on lump-detecting Breastlight torch
A well-known British breast cancer charity has appealed Boots the chemist to refrain from selling the Breastlight, which claims to detect lumps in br*ts. ANI

How proximity to convenience stores promotes child obesity
The proximity of convenience stores to kids is connected to childhood obesity, according to a new study. ANI

Daily cannabis consumption can damage teens brains
A new Canadian study has found that the daily intake of cannabis by teenagers can lead to depression and anxiety and can even damage the brain permanently. ANI

Leafy veggies, coloured fruits boost vision
Carotenoids, found in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits, boost visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases, says a new study. ANI

Calorie intake linked to cell lifespan, cancer development
Restricting consumption of glucose can extend the life of healthy human-lung cells and speed the death of precancerous human-lung cells, reducing cancers spread and growth rate, say researchers. ANI

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