Cellular aging increases risk of heart attack and early death

Every cell in the body has chromosomes with so-called telomeres, which are shortened over time and also through lifestyle choices such as smoking and obesity. Researchers have long speculated that the shortening of telomeres increases the risk of heart attack and early death.

Genetic variant increases risk of common type stroke

A genetic variant that increases the risk of a common type of stroke has been identified by scientists in a study published online in Nature Genetics today. This is one of the few genetic variants to date to be associated with risk of stroke and the discovery opens up new possibilities for treatment.

Identifying suicide risk among pregnant women

The study analysed five years of suicide data from the US's National Violent Death Reporting system

Validate new risk loci for Graves disease

Researchers use Fluidigm 96.96 Dynamic Array IFC and the EP1 System to re-genotype selected SNPs for the replication study

Test kit identifies genetic risk of thrombosis

Astra Thrombosis kit detects three common mutations which disrupt the blood coagulation mechanism

Study aims to cut heart attack risk

Scientists seeking volunteers for a study they hope could lead to the development of ‘functional foods’ to help cut the risk of cardiovascular diseases

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

Experts shed light on diabetes risk for South Asians

Academics discover one of the reasons why people of South Asian origin are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes

Scientists unravel genetic risk of bowel cancer

The team showed that high levels of the eifh3 protein lead to the development of bowel cancer

New virus may pose risk to wild salmon

Farmed fish are an increasingly important food source, with a global harvest now at 110 million tons and growing at more than 8 percent a year, but epidemics of infectious disease threaten this vital industry.

Obese moms face more risk of early births

A new study shows overweight and obese women face greater risks of preterm births. Their babies may suffer serious health problems from being born too soon, especially earlier than 32 weeks.

Assisted reproduction may risk congenital malformations

Couples considering undergoing assisted reproductive technology treatment should be informed about the increased risk of congenital malformation posed by the use of ART, the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics will hear today.

Polygala balansae at risk of extinction

Researchers have studied the natural history and conservation status in Spain of the only known population of Polygala balansae in Europe.

Supplements may reduce breast cancer risk

Vitamins and calcium supplements appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer. Calcium supplements are acting to enhance DNA repair capacity, a complex biological process involving more than 200 proteins that, if disrupted, can lead to cancer.

Holidaymakers putting dolphins at risk

Tourists wanting to watch and swim with dolphins are now being urged to keep their distance in a bid to protect both the animals and the local communities whose livelihoods depend on them.

Staples lead to higher risk of infection

Using metal staples to close wounds after orthopaedic (joint) surgery can lead to a greater risk of infection than using traditional nylon sutures, concludes a study.

Genetics increase risk cardiac arrhythmia

An international research team has identified a common gene variant associated with a form of the irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation.

Each pound at birth lowers risk of developing TB

Researchers found that every 1.1 pounds of birth weight decreases the risk of developing tuberculosis later by 46 percent among identical twins.

Genetic correlations with cardiovascular risk factors

Two indicators of liver function, glutamyl transferase and albumin have been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

Tobacco smoke exposure increases risk of transplant failure

A study provides the first direct evidence that cigarette smoke exposure prior to a heart transplant in either the donor, recipient, or both, accelerates the death of a transplanted heart.






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