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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 17, 2009

Swine flu may claim 65,000 lives in Britain
Medical experts have warned that swine flu could claim 65,000 lives in Britain unless the epidemic is stopped. ANI

Obesity raises complication risk during pregnancy
Obese mums-to-be are at an increased risk of suffering from minor complications such as heart burn and chest infections during pregnancy, a new study suggests. ANI

Fat youngsters twice as likely to have fat pals
A new study has shown that overweight youth are twice as likely to have overweight friends. ANI

6 in 10 Americans believe serious swine flu outbreak likely in fall/winter
Six in ten Americans believe there will be widespread swine flu cases this fall or winter, according to a new survey. ANI

Regular previous exercise helps stroke patients recover faster
People who exercise regularly prior to suffering a stroke recover faster after the attack, claims a new study. ANI

Active video games as effective for kids as moderate exercise
Playing active video games, like the Nintendo Wii, is equally beneficial for children as moderate exercise, according to a study at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Centre. ANI

Baking soda can slow chronic kidney disease progression
Apart from baking, cleaning, acid indigestion and sunburn, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate has a newfound use-it slows the decline of kidney function in some patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD), according to a study. ANI

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