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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 17, 2009

Physicians urge expectant women to get H1N1 vaccine as soon as possible
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has advised pregnant women to get immunized as soon as the H1N1 vaccine becomes available, as it has been observed that expectant mothers inflicted with the virus have been dying at a rate six times higher than the general population. ANI

Cognitive behaviour therapy more effective for SAD patients
An American psychologist has found that cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is better than light therapy at preventing recurrence of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of acute depression that occurs annually during the autumn and winter. ANI

Drinking water from plastic bottles raises toxic chemicals levels by 70pct
A new study, conducted by researchers from Harvard University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has revealed that drinking water from plastic bottles made with the toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) increases urinary levels of the chemical by nearly 70 percent. ANI

Wrist magnets, copper bracelets ineffective in relieving arthritis pain
Copper bracelets and magnetic wristbands are ineffective in relieving the crippling pain of arthritis, experts have claimed. ANI

HIV-1 treatment during pregnancy can prevent transmission to newborns
In what could be good news to hundreds of HIV positive pregnant women, a new study by American researchers has found that mothers receiving antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat HIV-1 infection have less chances of transmitting the deadly virus to their newborn child through breastfeeding. ANI

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