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Watermelon effectively lowers BP
A pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. 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

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

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for February 18, 2009

Scientists identify enzyme that weakens the heart
A study on mice has shown that an enzyme makes the heart prone to chronic cardiac insufficiency. ANI

Anti-social behaviour in girls triggers depression in adolescence
Researchers at the University of Washington have found that anti-social behaviour among girls and anxiety among both sexes triggers depression in early adolescence. ANI

Smoking kills regardless of social class and gender
Neither affluence nor being female offers a defence against the ill heath caused by smoking, according to a new study. ANI

Nausea drug may help treat opioid addiction
A drug commonly used for treating nausea and vomiting can help prevent severe withdrawal symptoms from opioids, according to a new study. ANI

Rheumatoid arthritis medication linked to increased risk for shingles
A new study suggests that there is an association between medications known as monoclonal anti-tumour necrosis factor a (TNF-a), which are used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, and an increased risk for herpes zoster (shingles), the painful infection characterized by blisters. ANI

Asthmatics advised to continue medication even during fewer symptoms
Researchers have advised asthma patients to continue their medication for long-term benefits even if they have fewer symptoms. ANI

Scientists uncover new genetic markers linked to increased heart attack risk
Scientists have identified new gene variants associated with an increased risk for heart attack. ANI

Pottery, reading, computer games could help prevent memory loss
Playing computer games, reading magazines or crafting in middle age or later in life can delay or prevent memory loss, says a new study. ANI

Rise in tan jab use a public health concern, says editorial
People are increasingly risking their health by turning to tan jabs, says an editorial. ANI

An apple a day may keep breast cancer at bay
An apple a day, along with other fruits and vegetables, may keep breast cancer at bay, according to scientists. ANI

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