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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 September 15, 2009

Web-based screening, interventions help fight alcoholism in undergrads
Web-based screening and personalized interventions can help fight the menace of alcoholism among undergraduate students, say researchers. ANI

Difficulties in performing daily activities linked to dementia
People with mild cognitive impairment, who have problems in performing routine activities, are likely to progress quickly to dementia, suggests a new study. ANI

Novel adjuvant may help develop new vaccines
In a novel study, Oregon State University scientists have developed a new adjuvant that would allow the creation of important new vaccines for various diseases. ANI

Brit kids begging parents to kick the butt in anti-smoking posters
In a rather hard-hitting anti-smoking campaign, Brit children are urging their parents to kick the butt. ANI

People with smaller ligaments more prone to knee injuries
An Indian-origin scientist has found that people with smaller anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are more vulnerable knee injuries. ANI

Changes in humidity, temperature may trigger asthma among kids
Changes in humidity and temperature may trigger asthma among kids, suggests a report. ANI

Kids with small head size at risk of neurologic problems
Kids whose head size is smaller than that of 97 percent of children may be at an increased risk of neurologic and cognitive problems, and should be screened for such problems, according to a new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology. ANI

Occupational pesticide exposure may up Parkinsons risk
A new study has found that people whose jobs involve regular pesticide exposure may be more prone to Parkinsons disease. ANI

Popular diabetes drug may help fight breast cancer
A popular diabetes drug called metformin has been found to be effective in fighting breast cancer. ANI

Your bathroom showers are hazardous to health
That invigorating relief and good cleansing from daily bathroom showers may bring along a face full of potentially pathogenic bacteria, warn researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder. ANI

Active older adults enjoy longer lives, better functional status
Older adults who remain physically active, or begin exercising, have increased likelihood of having a longer life and a lower risk of disability, suggests a report. ANI

Steroid injections offer vision restoration hope for patients with blocked eye veins
The injections of the steroid corticosteroid triamcinolone may help restore vision in some patients with retinal vein occlusion, an important cause of vision loss that results from blockages in the blood vessels in the retina, say two research papers. ANI

Popular stomach acid reducer ups patients risk of developing pneumonia threefold
Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have found that a popular stomach-acid reducer, which is used to prevent stress ulcers in critically ill patients who need breathing machine support, triples the likelihood of contracting pneumonia among such patients. ANI

Iraq troops posttraumatic stress disorder rate as high as 35pct
A high volume of military personnel serving in Iraq are expected to seek treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because the rate among armed forces may be as high as 35 per cent, according a research article. ANI

Common pain cream may protect heart from damage during an attack
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Cincinnati has revealed that a common pain cream, if rubbed on the skin during a heart attack, may prevent or reduce damage to the heart while interventions are administered. ANI

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