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Researchers solve puzzle of proteins linked to heart failure

Sudden cardiac death is a risk for patients with heart failure because the calcium inside their heart cells is not properly controlled and this can lead to an irregular heartbeat. New findings reveal mechanisms that underlie this life-threatening risk, provide new possibilities for fighting it.



Routine iron fortification of infant formula linked to poor development

Long-term international study lead by University of Michigan shows need for defining optimal amount of iron in infant formula



Underlying health linked to worse outcomes for melanoma, U-M study finds

Patients with decreased core muscle density were more likely to see their cancer spread to distant parts of the body



Brain function linked to birth size in new study

First evidence linking brain function variations between the left and right sides of the brain to size at birth and the weight of the placenta



Finger length linked to prostate cancer risk

Men who have long index fingers are at lower risk of prostate cancer, a new study published today in the British Journal of Cancer has found



Romantic reward, rejection and addiction linked

Researchers have linked rejection by a romantic partner to brain activity associated with motivation, reward and addiction cravings, according to a study utilising fMRI.



Gestational diabetes linked to serotonin

The cause of diabetes during pregnancy is directly controlled by serotonin, a chemical produced by the body and normally known as a neurotransmitter, and is influenced by the amount of protein in the mother's diet early in pregnancy.



Coffee, soft drinks not linked to cancer

Drinking even large amounts of coffee and sugar-sweetened, carbonated soft drinks is not associated with the risk of colon cancer according to a large study published online.



Alcohol linked to faster HIV disease progression

HIV disease tends to progress at a faster rate in infected individuals who consume two or more alcoholic drinks a day, according to an important new paper.



Urban living linked to high blood pressure

People who live in urban areas where particulate air pollution is high tend to have higher blood pressure than those who live in less polluted areas, according to researchers.



Stress and depression linked

Scientists have discovered the biological link between stress, anxiety and depression and shows exactly how stress and anxiety could lead to depression, possibly opening new means of treating the disorders.



Compulsive eating linked to drug addiction

In a newly published study, scientists have shown for the first time that the same molecular mechanisms that drive people into drug addiction are behind the compulsion to overeat, pushing people into obesity.



Vascular disease linked to cancer

Researchers have discovered how a genetic disease known mainly for its life-threatening tumours also can cause sudden death from cardiovascular disease in children, and are mounting a clinical trial to develop treatments for the problem.



Pesticide linked to developmental delays

Exposure to the pesticide chlorpyrifos-which is banned for use in U.S. households but is still widely used throughout the agricultural industry-is associated with early childhood developmental delays, according to a study.



Cow exposure linked to deadly infection

A common bacteria found in many healthy adult females that can cause life-threatening infections when passed to newborns could be introduced to some women through frequent contact with cows.



Food allergy linked to master gene

Scientists have identified a region of a human chromosome that is associated with eosinophilic esophagitis, a recently recognised allergic disease.



Weight and cognition decline linked

The adverse affects of being overweight are not limited to physical function but also extend to neurological function, according to research.



Gene linked to biological ageing in humans

Scientists announced today they have identified for the first time definitive variants associated with biological ageing in humans.



Ability to navigate may be linked to genes

Research tells us that human adults, toddlers, rats, chicks and even fish routinely and automatically accomplish this kind of reorientation by mentally visualising the geometry of their surroundings and figuring out where they are in space.



SIDS linked to low levels of serotonin

The brains of infants who die of sudden infant death syndrome produce low levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that conveys messages between cells and plays a vital role in regulating breathing, heart rate, and sleep, reported researchers.



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