Close Health Alert: Obesity increases risk for breast cancer Health Alert Coretta Williams , KYTX 3:43 AM. CDT October 30, 2013 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST (CBS) - Women who gain excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy may put themselves at risk for developing breast cancer later in life according to scientists at Georgetown University. Researchers already know pregnancy permanently turns on genes that protect against breast cancer. But in the Georgetown study, scientists studied the effects of the obesity-hormone leptin on pregnant rats. They found the hormone erased the positive effects of pregnancy and increased the risk of breast cancer after menopause. (CBS) - A Swedish study of nearly 8 million people finds teenagers and young adults diagnosed with cancer are 60 percent more likely to commit suicide. The increased risk of suicide was highest the first year after diagnosis. Researchers suggest cancer is especially challenging for young people because they are still developing coping strategies. (CBS) - Scientists from Northwestern University say they now have a better understanding of how poverty molds a child's brain. They found mothers with only a high school education or less had children with noisy neural activity like static on a radio that's always present in their brains. Researchers say that brain noise actually inhibits the child's ability to process and understand information. CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN GOOGLE+ PINTEREST JOIN THE CONVERSATION To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Leave a Comment TRENDING VIDEOS ETX photographer talks about her viral boudoir photos Atwood's robbery Crosby-Lebus worker strike Las Vegas/Mandalay Bay shooting - What we know Teacher accused of assault 84-year-old post office worker retires 11 new features in IOS 11 SPCA Dogtoberfest East Texan nearly caught in Vegas shooting Under The Lights Week 5 (Sept. 29) More Stories Suspect arrested on capital murder charge Nov 18, 2017, 1:27 p.m. Governor Abbott: 'No more tolls in Texas' Nov 17, 2017, 10:33 p.m. NC County Pulls Funds After Volunteer Fire Dept.… Nov 17, 2017, 7:47 p.m.