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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 8, 2009

Study validates gastric anti-ulcer properties of herb medicine Rocket Eruca sativa
A study conducted by Saudi Arabian researchers has confirmed that a herb called Rocket Eruca sativa L. (EER), a member of the Brassicacae family, has potential anti-ulcer medicinal properties. ANI

Scientists studying brains at rest to gain fresh insights into mental health disorders
Hoping to some day develop new tools for diagnosing mental health disorders and monitoring the progress of their treatments, scientists have now turned to uncovering new information about the mind by studying brains while they are at rest. ANI

Having an extremely high body image can cause health problems
While having a poor self-image can lead to a host of both mental and physical health problems, an extremely good body image can also take its toll on a womans health, says a new study. ANI

Probiotics may help ward off obesity in pregnant women
A study suggests that giving women probiotics from the first trimester of pregnancy may be helpful in preventing them from the most dangerous kind of obesity. ANI

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