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Watermelon effectively lowers BP
A pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. 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

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

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for July 21, 2009

Breast cancer drug effective against life-threatening fungal infections too
A drug used to prevent breast cancer recurrence has been found to show promise in fighting life-threatening fungal infections common in immune-compromised patients, such as infants born prematurely and patients with cancer. ANI

Belly fat can lead to risky chronic diseases
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and German researchers claim that fat cells in the abdomen communicate with bodily organs and set in motion a variety of risky chronic diseases. ANI

Stem cells can be embedded in sutures to promote healing
Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering students have shown that it is possible to embed surgical thread with a patients own adult stem cells to promote healing, and reduce the likelihood of re-injury without changing the surgical procedure itself. ANI

Scientists unravel why placebos work as effectively for some people as real ones
Researchers at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) have come up with an explanation for why placebos-sham pills often used for clinical studies-work nearly as well for some people as real medication. ANI

Strong social support a buffer from depression after terrorist attacks
Social support from friends can help buffer depression among adolescents in the aftermath of a terrorist attack, according to a new study. ANI

Master regulator genes discovery takes scientists a step closer to possible diabetes cure

Washington, July 21 (AIN): Identifying a master regulator gene for early embryonic development of the pancreas and other organs, scientists at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center have moved a step closer to coaxing stem cells into pancreatic cells as a possible cure for type1 diabetes. ANI

Kids of stressed out parents at increased air pollution-related asthma risk
Children of stressed out parents are at an increased risk of developing asthma associated with environmental triggers such as high levels of traffic-related pollution and tobacco smoke, says a new study. ANI

Young men who stay with parents likely to be violent
Young men who stay with their parents are more violent than those who live on their own, a new study has found. ANI

Why we feel sick after a stressful task
Reviewing research investigating how stress can wreak havoc on the body, an expert at the Ohio State University College of Medicine has shed new light on this connection. ANI

Prenatal air pollution exposure reduces kids IQs in later life
Prenatal exposure to high levels of a common airborne pollutant compound can adversely affect a childs intelligence quotient or IQ, claims a new study. ANI

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