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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

Meta-analysis shows folic acid supplements not beneficial for heart
A new meta-analysis has shown that the use of folic acid supplements does not appear to be associated with reduced rates of cardiovascular events, cancer or death over a five-year period. ANI

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for June 19, 2009

Scientists uncover malfunctioning gene behind gout
Johns Hopkins scientists have found that a malfunctioning gene they helped uncover last year can lead to high concentrations of blood urate that forms crystals in joint tissue and causes inflammation and pain, the hallmark of gout. ANI

Older population may be less prone to swine flu after past exposures to H1N1 strains
A Rhode Island Hospital expert believes the swine flu virus may have enough similarity to the previously circulated H1N1 strains or those used in past vaccines, and thus it may lead to protection of older individuals. ANI

Fat people live longer!
Finally some good news for people on the heavier side: those ugly-looking love handles and a double chin extra can help you live longer. ANI

Cancer-causing Ras protein may help fight its own malign effects
Scientists at Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel have found that a cancer-causing protein can also help fight tumours it causes. he researchers have shown that an oncogene called Ras-which can cause normal cells to be come cancerous when mutated or expressed in high concentrations-has the power to heal as well as harm. ANI

Convenience, not health, driving factor in bottled water consumption
Most people believe that bottled water is healthier than tap water, a new research has found. ANI

Stroke affects physical, emotional bonding between couples
Suffering a stroke can have a significant impact on the physical, psychological and emotional bonding between a couple, say researchers. ANI

Salmona, tuna protects against age-related macular degeneration
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as tuna and salmon may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD) progression, depending upon the stage of the disease, suggest researchers. ANI

Aerobically unfit young adults likely to develop diabetes in middle age
Young adults who have low aerobic fitness levels are two to three times more likely to develop diabetes in middle age, finds a new study. ANI

Its official: Carrots do help boost vision
Antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables such as carrots can help slow down sight loss in older adults, say scientists. ANI

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