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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 May 18, 2009

Babies of mums in high-altitude at decreased low birth weight risk
Babies born to women living in high-altitude areas have a decreased risk of low birth weight, a new study has found. ANI

Short-term sleep aid course ups treatment adherence in sleep apnea patients
A new study has revealed that patients with obstructive sleep apnea, who use a short-course of the sleep aid, eszopiclone, when beginning continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy are likely to adhere to the treatment for a longer time. ANI

Even short-term exposure to pollutants can increase cancer risk
Exposure to environmental pollutants even for a short period can prompt genes to undergo reprogramming, and thereby increase an individuals risk of developing cancer and other diseases, say Italian scientists. ANI

Gel made from radium weed sap can remove sun spots, prevent skin cancers
An Australian drug-maker claims that sun spots can be removed, and potentially deadly skin cancers prevented, with the aid of a gel it has made from the radium weed sap, a common folk remedy for cancer. ANI

Gel made from radium weed sap can remove sun spots, prevent skin cancers
An Australian drug-maker claims that sun spots can be removed, and potentially deadly skin cancers prevented, with the aid of a gel it has made from the radium weed sap, a common folk remedy for cancer. ANI

Cardiac dysfunction experienced by marathon runners is temporary
An Indian origin scientist has found that cardiac abnormalities observed in some marathon runners following competition are transitory, and do not result in damage to the heart muscle. ANI

Sodium channel blocker may benefit cystic fibrosis patients
Researchers at Parion Sciences in Durham, N.C, say that a novel therapy, which prevents the build-up of mucous by increasing airway hydration, may prove beneficial to cystic fibrosis patients. ANI

A good nights sleep may help you lose weight
Getting more sleep can help you shed those extra pounds, a study has suggested. ANI

Personalised cancer treatment comes closer to reality
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have announced the development of an efficient system for delivering siRNA into primary cells, which may one day lead to personalized cancer treatment. ANI

Continuing to work in later life may help avoid dementia
Alzheimers disease may be kept at bay by continuing to work later in life, say scientists. ANI

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