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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 22, 2009

Second-hand smoke exposure rising among college students
Researchers have raised concerns over increasing exposure to second-hand smoke among college students. ANI

Gene variation behind problem behaviours in adults with developmental disabilities unveiled
A new piece of research suggests that a common variation of the gene involved in regulating serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain may be the reason behind problem behaviours among people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. ANI

Honey can be an effective agent in topical wound care
A new piece of research suggests that Leptospermum honey, a particular kind of honey indigenous to New Zealand and Australia, can be an effective agent in topical wound care, particularly where antibiotic resistance is an issue. ANI

More evidence backs the idea a healthy lifestyle can prevent cardiovascular disease
A new research article says that there is a substantial body of evidence showing that the adoption of a healthy lifestyle pays huge rewards in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. ANI

Global swine flu death toll now over 700, says WHO
H1N1 swine flu has claimed lives of more than 700 people across the globe since it broke out four months ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. ANI

Regular exercise, healthy diet can help cut high BP in women
Daily vigorous exercise and eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables and low in sodium can significantly lower incidence of hypertension among women, finds a new study. ANI

Review sheds new light on causes of anorexia
Using a novel imaging technology, scientists have shed new light on abnormalities in the brains of anorexia nervosa patients that may contribute to the puzzling symptoms found in people with the eating disorder. ANI

Daily potassium citrate may prevent seizure patients on high-fat diet from kidney stones
Researchers at Johns Hopkins Childrens Center say that children on the high-fat ketogenic diet to control epileptic seizures can be prevented from the excruciatingly painful kidney stones, which the diet may sometimes cause, by giving them a daily supplement of potassium citrate the day they start the diet. ANI

Ovary removal ups lung cancer risk
Women who have premature menopause due to medical interventions are at an increased risk of developing lung cancer, says a new study. ANI

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