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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 6, 2009

Two out of eleven suspected swine flu cases test positive in Coimbatore
Two out of eleven swine flu cases reported on Wednesday have tested positive in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. ANI

Tobacco use particularly hits people with developmental or intellectual disabilities severely
An extensive review of previously reported studies suggests that the consequences of tobacco use and dependence for people with developmental or intellectual disabilities can be especially severe. ANI

Herbal product ginkgo found to reduce neuropathic pain in rats
Experiments on animals have shown that an extract of ginkgo biloba can help reduce one common and hard-to-treat type of pain. ANI

Asian women in New Zealand ignored by Health Ministry
Asian women in New Zealand have the lowest breast and cervical cancer screening rates in the country, but researchers have now said that they are largely ignored by the Ministry of Health. ANI

Probiotic drinks are of no benefit to healthy people
Consuming probiotic supplements is of no benefit to healthy people and can, infact, harm a person with compromised immune systems, warns a leading microbiologist. ANI

India confirms fifth case of swine flu
India has confirmed a fifth case of swine flu in a man travelling from the United States through London. ANI

Heres how Hepatitis C treatment can be significantly improved
Researchers at Duke Clinical Research Institute say that the addition of a hepatitis C-specific protease inhibitor, called telaprevir, to the current standard therapy may significantly enhance a patients likelihood of being cured. ANI

Indian-origin researcher links asthma to neighbourhood environs
An Indian-origin researcher has found that areas surrounded by restaurants, entertainment, cultural facilities and ethnic diversity are more likely to have lower asthma rates than those where people are less likely to move, as well as those where there are more churches and not-for-profit facilities. ANI

Infants lacking love and stimulation risk poor brain development
Babies need love and stimulation in their first year or risk poor brain development and social skills, a leading child health expert has warned. ANI

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