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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 7, 2009

Sack lunches may not provide adequate nutrients to preschooler
Packing lunch for your child might not be a good idea, for a new study has found that sack lunches may not regularly provide adequate nutrients for the growth and development of young children. ANI

Health-monitoring system helps maintain older adults well-being
Many older adults want to remain active and independent for as long as possible. Now, researchers from University of Missouri suggest that installing health monitoring system can help keep check on the health of the elderly and ensure their privacy. ANI

New drug shows potential to treat angina, other cardiac problems
A compound, designed to prevent chest pains in heart patients, could act as a drug to treat angina and possibly other cardiac pathologies, according to a study on animals. ANI

High-fat diet fights off beneficial gene variant
A gene variant, earlier known to protect people against weight gain and insulin resistance, could have an opposite effect in people who eat a high-fat diet and are heavier, according to a study on mice. ANI

Nicotine gum effective for smoking reduction
Smokers who are trying to gradually kick the butt can effectively to so with the help of nicotine gum, according a new study. ANI

Kids of pregnant smokers likely to be aggressive
Pregnant women who smoke risk delivering aggressive kids, according to a new Canada-Netherlands study. ANI

First agents to sensitise leptin-resistant brains to help the obese lose weight identified
Researchers at Childrens Hospital Boston claim to have identified the first agents that can help do away with leptin resistance in the brain, and thereby make obese people responsive to this appetite-suppressing hormone. ANI

Exercise may not be key to weight loss
Contrary to the common belief, physical activity may not be as important for weight loss as is diet, says a new study. ANI

How sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke-related death
Scientists at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut, say that obstructive sleep apnea decreases blood flow to the brain, elevates blood pressure within the brain, and eventually harms the brains ability to modulate such changes and prevent damage to itself. ANI

Gene that keeps stem cells healthy identified
Carnegie Institution scientists in the United States say that a gene, named scrawny, seems to play a significant role in keeping a variety of stem cells in their undifferentiated state. ANI

Kids can avoid becoming shortsighted by spending time in sun
An Australian study suggests that it is a lack of exposure to sunlight, rather than too much time spent watching TV and playing computer games, that damages childrens eyesight. ANI

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