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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 January 20, 2009

Brit school kids enjoy puffing on cigarettes
A new study has shown that school kids in Britain smoke cigarettes because they enjoy it and not because their pals say its cool. ANI

Food ads promoting unhealthy lifestyles: Study
A British study has found that food advertisements in magazines promoting healthier lifestyles are often contradicting the messages they are trying to put across. ANI

Less severe first heart attacks linked to decreased mortality rates
A new study has shown that controlling the risk factors for heart disease, such as blood pressure and cholesterol as well as improvements in hospital management, may lessen the severity of first-time heart attack, eventually leading to reductions in mortality rates. ANI

2 non-surgical treatments found effective against reflux disease
Scientists have found that two non-surgical treatments for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)-a condition in which acid from the stomach backs up into the oesophagus-can help reduce a patients use of medicine, and improve voice and swallowing symptoms. ANI

Bird flu alert in 26 districts in Nepal
Nepal Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has issued bird flu alert in 26 districts bordering India in view of the possible spread of the disease. ANI

Tiny robotic submarine in blood to help operate on stroke victims
Researchers from Monash University have developed micro-motors that can drive around the body and even into the delicate structures of the brains of stroke victims to carry out potentially life-saving operations. ANI

People on low-carbohydrate diets burn more excess liver fat than those on low-calorie diets
A study conducted by scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center has shown that people who consume low-carbohydrate diets depend more on the oxidation of fat in the liver for energy than those on a low-calorie diet. ANI

Cream containing acne drug did not cause deaths in clinical trial halted early
While a clinical trial was halted early following the observation that patients using a cream comprising a commonly used acne drug called tretinoin seemed more likely to die than those using a placebo, evidence does not show that the excess deaths were caused by the therapy. ANI

Moms diet during pregnancy significantly affects fetal health
Mothers diet during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the fetal health, according to a new study. ANI

Being socially active and mellow halves dementia risk
Individuals whore socially active and mellow are 50 percent less likely to develop dementia, according to a new study. ANI

Brain stimulation via mild electrical current may enhance motor skill learning
A new study conducted by researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) suggests that mild electrical current may prove very helpful in rehabilitating people with traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other conditions. ANI

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