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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 21, 2009

10pct men, 4pct women in UK on brink of becoming alcoholics, says report
A new British survey has revealed that almost one in 10 men, and one in 25 women, shows signs of alcohol dependence. ANI

Vitamin D may halt weakening of asthmatics lung function
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that vitamin D may slow the progressive decline in asthmatics ability to breathe as a result of human airway smooth muscle (HASM) proliferation. ANI

Flip-flops, baseball caps may increase skin cancer risk
Flip-flops and baseball caps may have become must-have accessories for teens, outdoor enthusiasts, gardeners or anyone trying to keep cool during the sweltering days of summer, but they pose a hidden health risk - skin cancer, warns a researcher. ANI

Old and new malaria drugs combos may curb malaria parasites spread
The spread of malaria parasite can be curbed and its long-term eradication achieved with the aid of medication combos based on the oldest synthetic malaria drug, methylene blue stain, according to health experts. ANI

Schizophrenia doesnt raise violent crime risk
The notion that people with schizophrenia are more violent than those without the condition is not true, say researchers. ANI

Fish boosts brain power in middle aged men
Increased levels of vitamin D - synthesised in the skin following sun exposure and found in certain foods such as oily fish - are linked to improved cognitive function in middle-aged and older men, says a new study. ANI

Even mild blood sugar level abnormalities during pregnancies up type 2 diabetes risk
A Canadian study suggests that even mild abnormalities in blood sugar levels during pregnancy, previously thought not to have any clinical significance, makes women more prone to type 2 diabetes. ANI

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