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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 29, 2009

Oz Nobel-winning scientist Barry Marshall making needle-free edible vaccines
Australian Nobel-winning scientist Barry Marshall is trying to figure out how to make edible vaccines. ANI

Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide found to affect brain development in mice
An animal study has shown that maternal exposure to nanoparticles of titanium dioxide (TiO2) can adversely affect genes related to the central nervous system in developing mice. ANI

How an embryonic gene may promote cancers in adults
Scientists at Fox Chase Cancer Center have uncovered a gene that plays a key role in activating an oncogene, known as MYC, to promote cancer. ANI

Scientists create 3-D airway spheres to study lung diseases
In what may help improve the scientific understanding of lung diseases, Duke University Medical Center scientists have found that a single lung cell can become one of two very different types of airway cells. ANI

Smokeless tobacco products do not raise cancer risk
A new study has shown that in marked contrast to smoking, smokeless tobacco use carries little or no risk of cancer. ANI

New computer program uses artificial intelligence to diagnose metastatic cancer
University of Chicago researchers have written a computer program that uses artificial intelligence to diagnose metastatic cancer. ANI

Obesity-related medical expenditures costing U.S. about $147B annually
An American study suggests that medical expenditures attributable to obesity have doubled in less than a decade, and may be as high as 147 billion dollars per year. ANI

Sunbeds as cancerous as ciggies, booze
World health chiefs have warned that sunbeds are as serious a cancer threat as smoking and drinking. ANI

New computer model can predict odds of cancer recurrence after radiation therapy
Considering that two persons with the same kind of cancer have different chances of their tumours coming back years later despite receiving the same treatment, scientists have now developed a computer model that predicts cancer recurrence in an individual based on how her tumour changes size in response to the first rounds of radiation therapy. ANI

Stories told in the aftermath of national trauma reflect peoples psychological well-being
A new piece of research has shown that in the aftermath of national trauma, peoples ability to make sense out of what happened has implications for their well-being, and that the kinds of stories they tell about the incident predict very different psychological outcomes for them. ANI

Being active at 5 helps kids stay lean as they age
Kids who are active at age 5 are likely to remain lean as they age even if they dont remain as active later in childhood, say researchers. ANI

Dream therapy may be useful in psychiatric treatment
A European Science Foundation (ESF) workshop has found similarities in brain activity during lucid dreaming and psychosis, which suggests that dream therapy may be useful in psychiatric treatment. ANI

Eggs are good for the heart
Eggs are not bad for heart health, say experts. ANI

High calcium level in arteries signals heart attack risk
High calcium level in arteries may signal serious risk of heart attack, according to a new study. ANI

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