Top stories in health and medicine, October 30, 2012

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1. Pre-pregnancy Weight, Smoking Status Tied to Heavy Kids. Children whose mothers smoked or were overweight before becoming pregnant were likely to become overweight in childhood.

2. Target Obesity Early to Succeed in Kids. Overweight children are more successful in losing weight and maintaining the loss when anti-obesity interventions begin early — as young as age 3.

3. Smoking Bans Cut MI Rate. Indoor smoking bans substantially cut heart attack rates in communities and may have an impact on sudden cardiac death as well.

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