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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 23, 2009

High-blood-pressure treatment too aggressive for people over 80
An expert has cautioned that high blood pressure treatment for people over 80 years is too aggressive. ANI

85-year-olds will increase by a third by 2020: UK study
The population of people over 85 years of age in Britain would increase by one third by 2020, says a new study. ANI

Food addiction plays major role in obesity epidemic
Food addiction is a reality in some individuals and should be considered as a major factor while managing the obesity epidemic, according to a new study. ANI

Go easy on glucose to live long, cancer-free life
Reducing caloric intake, specifically in the form of glucose, can extend the life of human cells and speed the death of pre-cancerous cells, a new study has found. ANI

Good cholesterol less protective in diabetics
Diabetes may lower the heart-protective benefits of high-density lipoprotein, or HDL, the so-called good cholesterol, according to new study. ANI

School classroom air more polluted than outdoor air
Scientists in Australia and Germany have said that the air in some school classrooms may contain higher levels of certain toxic pollutants than polluted outdoor air. ANI

Teens who listen to music about marijuana almost twice likely to use it
A new study has shown that teenagers who listen to music that contains references to marijuana are more likely to use the drug. ANI

Mums-to-be with low hormone levels likely to struggle in labour
Pregnant mothers who have low levels of a hormone produced by thyroid gland are more likely to have longer and harder labour. ANI

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