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Watermelon effectively lowers BP
A pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. 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

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

Health, Medicine, Fitness and Well-being news for May 22, 2009

Swine flu case suspected in Moradabad
Doctors at the District Hospital of Moradabad have isolated and quarantined a patient after he showed symptoms similar to the pandemic swine flu on Friday. ANI

Blood test, better communication helps cut over-prescription of antibiotics
A new study has shown that use of simple blood test and improving communication skills would help doctors prescribe fewer antibiotics to patients. ANI

Lowering drinking age may increase unplanned pregnancies
Amid calls to reduce the legal age of drinking, a new study suggests that lowering the bar might lead to an increase in unplanned pregnancies and pre-term births among young people. ANI

Old seasonal flu antibodies may be active against swine flu virus
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta say that antibodies against some seasonal flu strains from prior years may provide an effective weapon to fight the new H1N1 swine flu. ANI

Significant psychological impact of child abuse seen in inpatients
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that a history of child abuse significantly impacts a wide range of challenges facing depressed inpatients-an increase in suicide attempts, prevalence of substance use disorder, and a higher incidence rate of personality disorder. ANI

Now, software to analyse MR images and identify early Alzheimers disease
Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) claim that they have developed a piece of software that can prove helpful in analysing MRI studies of the brain and allow diagnosis of Alzheimers disease and of mild cognitive impairment, a lesser form of dementia that precedes the development of Alzheimers by several years. ANI

Key protein may explain how dietary restriction contributes to longevity, cancer prevention
An Indian-origin researcher says that studying a protein that plays a key role in tumour formation, oxygen metabolism, and inflammation may help understand the anti-aging and anti-cancer benefits of dietary restriction, say researchers. ANI

Delivering vaccine through the skin may prevent ear infections in future
Scientists at the Research Institute at Nationwide Childrens Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, say that an experimental vaccine that can be delivered through the skin has shown some promise to protect against certain types of ear infections. ANI

Sleep apnea remains widely undiagnosed in obese diabetics
Sleep apnea remains widely undiagnosed among obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, finds a new study. ANI

An ordinary cuppa of tea helps ward off heart disease, boosts brain
Besides giving you a kick start in the morning, your favourite cup of tea has the potential to keep heart attacks at bay, a dietician has claimed. ANI

Abusive relationships raise womens HIV infection risk
Women who are in physically abusive relationships are at higher risk for HIV infection, reveals a new US study. ANI

Hypertension doubles already elevated risk of heart disease in diabetics
The presence of hypertension doubles the already elevated risk of heart disease in diabetics, and at the same time, increases the risk for other vascular complications such as strokes, retinal damage and peripheral vascular disease. ANI

Strict blood sugar control cuts diabetics heart risks
Diabetics can cut their heart attack risk by tightly controlling blood sugar levels, says a study published in the Lancet. ANI

Dowagers hump could increase early death risk in elderly women
Hyperkyphosis, or dowagers hump, the exaggerated forward curvature of the upper spine, could put elderly women at increased risk of early death whether or not they have vertebral osteoporosis, researchers have found. ANI

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