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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 July 1, 2009

New drug for speeding up elimination of river blindness across Africa begins clinical trial
A clinical trial is being launched in three African countries of a drug that could eliminate onchocerciasis, or river blindness, one of the leading infectious causes of blindness across Africa. ANI

WHO says TB vaccine too risky for HIV-infected infants
HIV-infected infants are at risk of contracting a deadly form of tuberculosis from the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, instead of receiving protection against the disease, according to research published today in the international public health journal, the Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). ANI

Poor sleep linked to postpartum depression in women
A new study has established a direct link between poor sleep and depression in women after giving birth. ANI

Steroid use by bodybuilders not dependant on body image concerns
Steroid use is not necessary to be heavily concerned with muscularity and leanness, suggest researchers. ANI

How to have a barbeque without letting your health go up in flames
Nutrition experts have offered tips on how to barbeque in a manner that cuts down on chances of developing several cancers. ANI

Statins cut heart attack risk by 30pct
Cholesterol lowering drugs Statins could decrease the risk of heart attacks in healthy people by 30 per cent, according to a new study. ANI

Consumers being misled on nutritional benefits of high fructose sweeteners, natural sugars: Experts
Consumers are being misled on the nutritional differences between high fructose sweeteners and natural sugars, say experts. ANI

Global Vitamin D deficiency rates rise highest in South Asia
Vitamin D deficiency is on the rise across the globe, with the highest rates recorded in South Asia, say experts. ANI

Decision-making brain region also deciphers different phonetic sounds
A collaborative team of researchers from Brown University and the University of Cincinnati have found that a front portion of the brain, which handles decision-making, also helps decipher different phonetic sounds. ANI

History of periodontitis linked to cerebrovascular disease in men
A new study has established a link between periodontitis history and cerebrovascular disease in men. ANI

Worlds First: Stem cells from own organ used to treat damaged heart
Doctors at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute have for the first time repaired a heart damaged by a heart attack by growing specialised stem cells using tissue obtained from a patients own organ. ANI

Vegetarians develop fewer cancers
Vegetarians may be less likely than meat eaters to develop cancers of the blood, bladder and stomach, suggests a study. ANI

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