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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 7, 2009

Brushing dentures with paste is best cleaning method
A new review suggests that brushing removable dentures with a paste product may be the best way to keep them clean. ANI

Now, anti-flu suits for men
A Japanese clothing firm is said to have created a mens suit that is specially treated to ward off the flu virus. ANI

Talk therapy can help treat bulimia
A new study has revealed that cognitive behavioural therapy or talk therapy can significantly help patients overcome bulimia and binge eating problems. ANI

Exercise training improves mobility in stroke patients
Exercise training after stroke can significantly help patients to walk faster and longer, say researchers. ANI

Scientists develop polymer that delivers genetic medicine, allows tracking
Scientists have developed a novel molecule that can travel into cells, deliver genetic cargo, and pack a beacon so that scientists can follow its movements in living systems. ANI

Drug-chemo combo doubles survival in high-risk childhood leukaemia patients
A new study has revealed that daily doses of a targeted drug called imatinib mesylate along with regular chemotherapy can almost double the survival rate of children with a high risk type of blood cancer called Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). ANI

Hormone replacement therapy may worsen incontinence in postmenopausal women
A new study suggests that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may worsen incontinence in postmenopausal women. ANI

Convertible drivers at noise-induced hearing loss risk
Love to drive with the top down? Well, you might be enjoying having the wind in your hair but you may be risking serious damage to your ears. ANI

Experts cast doubts on efficacy of Chinese herbal medicines in preventing diabetes
Although Chinese herbal medicines has been found effective in preventing type 2 diabetes, experts say more research is required to recommend their use. ANI

Antioxidants may increase diabetes risk rather than decrease it
A new study has shown that low levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS), especially hydrogen peroxide, within cells may actually protect people from diabetes, by improving their ability to respond to insulin signals. ANI

B-vitamin pills dont reduce risk of death from heart disease
A Cochrane Systematic Review suggests that B-vitamin supplements should not be recommended for prevention of heart disease because they do not reduce the risk of developing or dying from the disease. ANI

Less invasive operations for stress urinary incontinence as effective as open surgery
Cochrane researchers say that minimally invasive operations are just as effective in treating stress urinary incontinence in women as traditional open surgical approaches. ANI

Too much liquorice during pregnancy may affect childs IQ and behavior
A new study claims that a womans consumption of excessive quantities of liquorice during pregnancy could hamper her childs intelligence and behavior. ANI

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