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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 October 2, 2009

Mosquitoes can actually be our allies in fight against malaria
A new study suggests that the mosquitoes that transmit malaria can actually help scientists find potential new ways to fight this disease. ANI

Novel biocontrol method can help cut malaria transmission
The transmission of malaria can be reduced by using biopesticides that contain a fungus that is pathogenic to mosquitoes, particularly in combination with insecticide-treated bednets (ITNs), according to a study. ANI

Protein inactivation prevents age-related conditions in mice
By blocking a key molecular pathway in mice, researchers could extend their lifespan by up to a fifth and reduce the number of age-related diseases the animals suffer. ANI

Micrometer-sized capsules may put an end to regular drug dosing
Experts at Queen Mary, University of London, have come up with micrometer-sized capsules that can safely deliver drugs inside living cells, and allow full courses of prescription drugs to be effectively shrink-wrapped and buried under the skin or inside the body. ANI

Household food insecurity making low-income kids overweight
Household food insecurity may be making children from low-income families overweight, according to a study. ANI

Vitamin D could save older adults from frequent falls
A new study suggests that people above 65 years should take high dose of vitamin D to prevent falls. ANI

Oxidized form of vitamin A offers beneficial treatment for ulcerative colitis
Retinoic acid-the oxidized form of vitamin A-may be a beneficial treatment for people suffering from ulcerative colitis and other irritable bowel diseases, according to a new study. ANI

Alzheimers medication may increase risk of abnormally slow heart rate
A medication that is commonly prescribed to treat Alzheimers disease can increase a persons risk of being hospitalised for a potentially serious condition called bradycardia, say researchers. ANI

Fish oil may protect against stroke
Omega-3 fatty acids may protect against stroke from ruptured carotid artery plaques, according to a new study. ANI

Human embryonic stem cells offer new hope for people with retinal degeneration
Scientists have successfully used cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) to reverse retinal degeneration in an animal model, offering new hope that a cure for the devastating eye disease may be available in the near future. ANI

Pelvic floor muscle exercises improve urinary incontinence in older women
For elderly women suffering from urinary incontinence p*c floor muscle exercises might prove to be a boon, say researchers. ANI

Breast milk best if consumed as soon as it is expressed
Breast milk should be given to a baby at the same time of day it is expressed, a new study has said. ANI

Anti-Atkins low protein diet may help boost longevity
Flies fed an anti-Atkins low protein diet live longer, courtesy their better-functioning mitochondria, says a new study. ANI

Tai Chi can help diabetics lower glucose levels
A regular tai chi exercise program can help people better control their diabetes, says a new study. ANI

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