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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 4, 2009

Institute for OneWorld Health announces new chief medical officer
The Institute for OneWorld Health, the first US-based non-profit pharmaceutical company that develops drugs for people with neglected infectious diseases in the developing world, today announced the appointment of Matthew A. Wikler, M.D., M.B.A., F.I.D.S.A. as its new Chief Medical Officer. ANI

Nighttime artificial lighting linked to prostate cancer risk
Countries with the highest levels of artificial light at night also have the highest rates of prostate cancer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Haifa. ANI

Gene mutation linked to restless legs syndrome
Mayo Clinic researchers have identified a genetic link to restless legs syndrome, a common neurologic disorder that interrupts sleep because of unpleasant sensations in the legs at rest, especially in the evening, that are temporarily relieved by movement. ANI

Chronic drinking more harmful for liver than acute or binge drinking
A new study on rodents has revealed that chronic drinking causes more injury - as measured by gene-expression changes - to the liver than acute or binge drinking. ANI

Dialysis patients residing at higher altitudes have lower death rate
Dialysis patients living in high altitude areas have 12 to 15 pct lower death rate compared to those living at sea levels, according to a new study. ANI

Heart rate can help predict heart attacks in women
A womans resting heart rate can help predict her risk of suffering a heart attack, according to a new study. ANI

Summer babies tend to be taller - thanks to the sun
Mommies who get a big dose of summer sun during pregnancy have taller babies with stronger bones because of the suns vitamin-boosting rays, a new study has revealed. ANI

Soy may cut colorectal cancer risk in postmenopausal women
Soy food consumption can lower the risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women, according to a new study. ANI

Second-hand smoke, alcohol combo significantly ups liver disease risk
A combo of second-hand smoke exposure and alcohol significantly raises the risk of liver disease and is deadlier than the individual exposure risks, according to researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). ANI

Regular exercise improves quality of life in lung cancer survivors
Moderate exercise a few times a week could improve the mental and physical health of lung cancer survivors, according to a new study. ANI

Natural perfumes too can cause allergies
Its not just synthetic perfumes that cause allergic reactions, natural aromatic oils too can prove harmful, says a new study. ANI

Gardening boosts hand strength, self-esteem in older adults
Gardening not only helps older adults stay in shape, but it also makes their hands strong and nimble, according to a new study. ANI

Hitting cancer cells with chemo at right time may boost survival chances
The time of the day when cancer patients receive chemotherapy can impact their chances of survival, according to a new study. ANI

New gene linked to schizophrenia identified
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have identified a new genetic variant related to schizophrenia. ANI

Vitamin D gives teen girls muscle power a boost
Vitamin D can boost muscle power and force in adolescent girls, says a new study. ANI

Divorce, antidepressants, weight loss add years to face
Wrinkles are not the work of genetics alone, claims a new study, which found that stressful environmental factors, such as a divorce, abnormal weight loss and use of antidepressants, are the real culprits that can wreak havoc on ones face. ANI

Zen meditation can help ease pain
Zen meditation - a centuries-old practice that helps people gain mental, physical and emotional balance - can keep pain at bay, according to Universite de Montreal researchers. ANI

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