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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 February 17, 2009

Scientists turn benign virus into good gene therapy carrier for cystic fibrosis
A collaborative study led by scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Iowa has led to the conversion of a relatively benign virus into a highly infectious form, which is ideal as a carrier for gene therapy. ANI

Good bacteria in dairy products can help deliver oral vaccine against anthrax
Scientists in America say that the good bacteria found in dairy products, which is associated with positive health benefits in the body, may also prove effective vehicle for an oral vaccine against anthrax. ANI

Indian-origin scientist says targeting AEG1 protein may impair liver cancer growth
An Indian-origin researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, US, has announced the identification of a gene that is found in high levels in tumour samples from patients with Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-a highly aggressive form of liver cancer-and generates a protein important for the progression of the disease. ANI

Two bowls of cereal a day can help lose weight
Tried everything, from long walks to Atkins diet, but still not able to squeeze into your college pants? Well, take heart, for it has been claimed that eating two bowls of cereal a day could help obese people lose weight. ANI

Family history of melanoma almost doubles Parkinsons risk
People with a family history of melanoma are two times more likely to develop Parkinsons disease, according to a new study. ANI

Weight loss can help reverse fatty liver disease
A new study has found that shedding extra pounds can significantly help patients reverse fatty liver disease known as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). ANI

Jade Goody effect behind rise in cancer screenings, say docs
Specialists dealing with cervical cancer have reported that there is a rise in the number of women coming in for their cervical smears and they have dub it as the Jade Goody effect. ANI

Traffic-induced air pollution worsens asthma in kids
Traffic-related air pollution affects asthma severity in kids, resulting in repeated hospital encounters, says a new study. ANI

Migraine, stroke and heart attacks may be genetically linked
A group of American scientists have set out to determine whether a gene variant may affect the link between migraine and stroke or heart attacks. ANI

Egg proteins do provide power, strength and energy
A new study has affirmed that the high-quality protein in eggs makes a valuable contribution to muscle strength, provides a source of sustained energy and promotes satiety. ANI

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