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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 October 1, 2009

Strep throat doesnt cause obsessive-compulsive disorder
Researchers claim that streptococcal infection, also called strep throat, doesnt cause or trigger Tourette syndrome or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). ANI

Antidepressant found to be just as effective as placebo in child pain relief
A new study has shown that the antidepressant amitriptyline is just as effective as placebo in treating pain-predominant gastrointestinal disorders in children. ANI

Less than 50pct Ontario men, women with depression visit a doctor for care
A new study has shown that less than 50 per cent of men and women in Ontario, who may be suffering from depression, see a doctor for treatment. ANI

Treating mild gestational diabetes beneficial for both infants and mothers
The risk of common birth complications among infants can be reduced by treating even the mildest form of gestational diabetes among expectant mothers, according to a National Institutes of Health network study. ANI

New radioactive imaging agent may revolutionise skin cancer diagnosis
An Australian Government funded research group has developed a potential new material that can make early diagnosis of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer possible. ANI

Exposure to H1N1 strain in womb linked to higher heart disease risk
Looking at more than 100,000 individuals born during and around the time of the 1918 flu pandemic in the US, a collaborative study has shown that people exposed to an H1NI strain of influenza A were significantly more likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life. ANI

Children, adolescents most vulnerable to malaria
Children as young as five and teenagers are at an increased risk of developing life-threatening malaria, says a new study. ANI

Hospital keyboards and mice may be teeming with superbugs
Computer equipment being used in a hospital may harbour pathogenic organisms, including MRSA, say Taiwanese researchers. ANI

Elderly women sleep better than they think, men nap worse
Elderly women sleep better than elderly men even though women consistently report that their sleep is shorter and poorer, says a new study. ANI

Daily candy, chocolate can make your kid a thuggish adult
Children who eat sweets and chocolate every day are more likely to grow into aggressive adults, according to a new study. ANI

Computational models can help study exactly how brain reacts to fear
Using computational models of the brain, University of Missouri researchers have found new evidence on how the brain reacts to fear, including important findings that could help victims of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). ANI

Teenagers attitudes toward smoking influence use of multiple drugs
A new study by Cornell Medical College researchers has revealed that attitudes toward smoking influence teenagers use of multiple drugs-smoking, drinking and using marijuana in combination-and that this manifested itself differently in boys and girls. ANI

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