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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 19, 2009

Traditional toys are healthiest way of stimulating imagination: Experts
Childhood development experts have stated that playing with traditional toys and games is the best way to stimulate the imagination and support learning in a child. ANI

Workplace e-mail intervention program is an effective way to get healthy
A new study has suggested that an e-mail intervention program is an effective way to significantly improve diet and physical activity by helping people move more, sit less, and make healthier food choices. ANI

Westernized Asian Americans putting skin health at risk
A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine has claimed that Asian Americans are putting their skin health at risk by adopting more aspects of Western culture, such as engaging in behaviours that increase sun exposure. ANI

Common blood test may help predict diabetes nerve loss
A common blood test for triglycerides can help doctors identify which diabetes patients are more vulnerable to serious, common complication of neuropathy, say researchers. ANI

Weight worries make teens more vulnerable to suicide attempts
Obese teens or those who see themselves as overweight are more likely to attempt suicide, finds a new study. ANI

Big waistline could surprisingly be a lifeline for heart disease sufferers
Despite being a leading contributor to heart disease, obesity appears to play a protective role in a range of cardiovascular problems, says a new study. ANI

Jury still out on Viagra, Levitra and Cialis championship race title
A new report suggests that there is no clear evidence to determine which among the three erectile dysfunction drugs-Viagra, Levitra and Cialis-works best, and which causes the least harm. ANI

Rats may be studied to see how Alzheimers robs sufferers of episodic memory
In what may open new ways to study how Alzheimers disease causes life-robbing loss of memory in humans, scientists at the University of Georgia say that their latest study suggests that rats can be used as nonhuman models to study how episodic-like memory works. ANI

Turmeric may help reduce your tummys size
Turmeric may help reduce weight gain and suppress the growth of fat tissue, according to a new study on mice. ANI

Women more prone to ill effects of smoking
Women are more susceptible to smokings lung damaging effects than men, says a new study. ANI

Rapid weight loss in old age could raise dementia risk
Older people who are thinner or are losing pounds quickly are at an increased risk of developing dementia, especially if they started out overweight or obese, according to a new study. ANI

Computer-based model sheds new light on bodys immune response to flu
Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have revealed that a computer-based model made by them has been able to capture the bodys immune response to flu. ANI

7 in 10 women feel uncomfortable talking about vaginal dryness, pain
A new study has revealed that nearly 70 pct of postmenopausal women feel embarrassed to talk about v*nal dryness and pain, and hesitate to seek medical help. ANI

Popular cancer drug rituximab may lead to oft-fatal viral brain infection
Scientists are concerned that the popular cancer drug, rituximab, may increase a persons chances of acquiring an often fatal viral brain infection, known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalitis (PML), which attacks the brains white matter. ANI

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