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Belly fat may increase cancer risk: WHO study

24 May 2017 | 8:26 PM

LONDON:People with an expanding waistline may be at a greater risk of developing certain cancers, including bowel, breast and pancreatic, a new WHO study warned today.

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London, May 24

People with an expanding waistline may be at a greater risk of developing certain cancers, including bowel, breast and pancreatic, a new WHO study warned today.

Waist measurement is as good at predicting cancer risk as body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height, said researchers from International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO), the specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

They found that that adding about 11 centimetres (cm) to the waistline increased the risk of obesity related cancers by 13 per cent.

For bowel cancer, adding around 8 cm to the hips is linked to an increased risk of 15 per cent, researchers said.

Being overweight or obese is the single biggest preventable cause of cancer after smoking and is linked to 13 types of cancer including bowel, breast, and pancreatic, researchers said.

Carrying excess body fat can change the levels of sex hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone, can cause levels of insulin to rise, and lead to inflammation, all of which are factors that have been associated with increased cancer risk, they said.

Using a novel approach, researchers showed that three different measurements of body size, BMI, waist circumference, and waist to hip ratio all predicted similar obesity-related cancer risk in older adults.

They combined data from around 43,000 participants who had been followed for an average of 12 years and more than 1,600 people were diagnosed with an obesity-related cancer.

"Our findings show that both BMI and where body fat is carried on the body can be good indicators of obesity-related cancer risk," said Heinz Freisling, from IARC-WHO.

"Specifically, fat carried around the waist may be important for certain cancers, but requires further investigation," Freisling said.

The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer. PTI

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WASHINGTON: Your spit may hold clues to future brain health, say scientists who have found that small molecules in saliva can help identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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NEW YORK: Exercising burns the fat found within bone marrow and this process improves bone quality in a matter of weeks, says a study.

Eating fruits, vegetables secret to looking good: Study

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SYDNEY: Eating enough fruit and vegetables could be the secret to looking good and having attractive skin, according to a study released on Friday by Australian researchers.

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18 May 2017 | 8:31 PM

LONDON:Scientists have devised a seven- minute brain-training computer game that may help children choose healthy snacks over chocolates and sweets.

Bathroom scales can warn about life threatening conditions

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17 May 2017 | 6:23 PM

LONDON: Scientists have designed a multi-functional body weight scale which may help measure more than 20 health parameters and warn us about potentially dangerous life conditions such as arteriosclerosis.

Lonely teens may have troubled sleep: study

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17 May 2017 | 4:00 PM

LONDON: Teenagers who are lonely may have poor quality of sleep, according to a new British study. In the study, lonelier people were also 24 per cent more likely to feel tired and have difficulty concentrating during the day.

In future, kids may be born from ‘3D-printed ovaries'

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17 May 2017 | 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON DC: Infertile women have been offered new hope after a team of researchers 3-D printed ovary structures that, true to their design, actually ovulated.

New eye drops to treat age-related blindness developed

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LONDON: Scientists have developed a revolutionary new eye to treat an age-related eye disorder, spelling the end for painful injections used to combat one of the leading causes of blindness.

Regular snoring in babies can be a danger sign

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MELBOURNE: Turns out, if your baby snores at least four nights a week, it could indicate serious health problems.

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15 May 2017 | 8:48 PM

TORONTO: Pregnant women should not expose themselves to temperatures averaging 24 degrees Celsius or above, as they would run the risk of developing gestational diabetes, researchers said.

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