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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 15, 2009

Childhood cancer increases with advancing maternal age
Baby born to an older mother may have a slightly increased risk for many of the cancers that occur during childhood, according to a new study from the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. ANI

New transistors may reduce power leakage during AC to DC conversion by a third
Japanese researchers say that the leakage of power, which results when a gadget converts alternating current to direct current, may be reduced by a third by switching to converters that use gallium nitride transistors rather than silicon ones. ANI

Study doubts green teas effectiveness in preventing cancer
A new research has raised doubts about the effectiveness of green tea in preventing cancer. ANI

Deadly flu viruses lurk in humans, animals for years before pandemic outbreaks
A new piece of research suggests that components of deadly flu viruses probably lurk in humans and other animals for years before they emerge as a worldwide threat to human health. ANI

Signalling pathway operational in intra-abdominal fat identified
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) researchers and Germany-based University of Leipzig experts have announced the identification of a signalling pathway that is operational in intra-abdominal fat, the fat depot that is most strongly tied to obesity-related morbidity. ANI

3-D mapping breakthrough helps docs remove fist-sized tumour from a womans brain
Experts at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have successfully removed a fist-sized tumour from the brain of an Indiana woman, using a technology that involves the fusion of four different types of images into a 3-D map of a patients brain. ANI

Lower IQ a risk factor for heart disease
A new study, conducted by researchers in the UK, has shown that having a lower than average IQ is in itself a risk factor for heart disease. ANI

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