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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 30, 2009

How to banish germs - Work up lather and count to 15
Washing of hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizers is one effective way of ensuring that bacterial or viral infections do not spread. ANI

How to beat arthritis pain
Arthritis patients who stop exercising due to achy knees and joints could be worsening their condition. ANI

Gene mutation protects people from flesh-eating disease
In a new study, researchers from The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in Houston have identified a genetic mutation that appears to protect people from developing flesh-eating disease called necrotizing fasciitis. ANI

Swine flu virus could still mutate, warns WHO chief
The head of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has stressed the need to guard against complacency concerning the global swine flu pandemic. ANI

Acupuncture boosts libido, decreases hot flashes in breast cancer patients
A new study has shown that acupuncture not only helps reduce hot flashes, but also improves sex drive of breast cancer patients. ANI

Herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba doesnt slow mental decline
Herbal supplement Ginkgo biloba doesnt appear to lower the rate of cognitive decline in older adults, say researchers. ANI

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