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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 June 20, 2009

Crabs, shrimps shells pave way for natural material to repair severed nerves
Researchers at the University of Washington have found that mixing chitosan, found in the shells of crabs and shrimp, with an industrial polyester creates a promising new material for the tiny tubes that support repair of a severed nerve, and could serve other medical uses. ANI

Patients with lower urinary tract symptoms at increased metabolic syndrome risk
A new study has revealed that patients with severe to mild lower urinary tract (LUT) symptoms are at a greater risk of developing metabolic syndrome, a collection of cardiovascular risk factors. ANI

New mums shouldnt put themselves under pressure to shed baby flab
Celebrities have started a new craze among new mums - shedding baby weight immediately after giving birth. But according to a new study women should not put themselves under too much pressure straight away. ANI

Clean mouth can help preserve memory
Keeping your teeth brushed and flossed can help preserve memory, say researchers. ANI

Treating juvenile offenders physical and mental health needs critical to rehabilitation
Conducting a comprehensive review of past studies into the health of young offenders undertaken in the US, UK, Europe and Australia since 1997, researchers at the University of Adelaide have come to the conclusion that the physical and mental health needs of juvenile offenders should be treated as a priority, if offenders held in detention have any real hope of rehabilitation. ANI

Green tea can help fight prostate cancer
Active compounds in green tea can affect the progression of prostate cancer, a new study has found. ANI

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