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Lifestyle can alter gene activity, lead to insulin resistance

... know if defects in the expression of these genes are primarily a result of heredity or lifestyle. Because the twins in the study were identical, any ... lose excess weight, or may make additional weight gain more likely. heredity may still play role "These data suggest that physical inactivity may ...

Second gene linked to familial testicular cancer

... and the first gene in a key biochemical pathway. The study appears in the July 2009 Cancer Research . Researchers have suspected for years that heredity plays a role in some patients with testicular germ-cell cancer, although attempts to identify a single gene with very strong effects have been ...

Mothers Play a Powerful Role in Determining Strength of Daughters' Bones

... needs to begin during the peak bone building years of childhood and adolescence. "Bone health is a family issue, particularly as genetics and heredity are among the key factors that influence a person's risk of developing osteoporosis," said Robert Recker, MD, president of the National Osteoporosis ...

Family History is Key Risk Factor in Developing Osteoporosis

... that nine out of 10 teenage girls fail to get enough of the calcium they need.(2) "Bone health is a family issue, particularly as genetics and heredity are among the key factors that influence a person's risk of developing osteoporosis," said Robert Recker, MD, president of the National Osteoporosis ...

Rotator Cuff Tears: Are They All in the Family?

... great-great-grandparents.) "While we have not determined the exact genetic component," said Dr. Tashjian, "Our family history data supports that heredity plays a role in the development of rotator cuff tearing." This problem usually affects people in their 50s and 60s. It is believed to have both ...

ASHG hosts fourth annual DNA Day essay contest, supports genetics education efforts

... born as a 'tabula rasa' or 'blank slate' that is 'filled in' by each person's environment. In her essay, Emrich acknowledged the importance of both heredity and the environment when she wrote, "Mendel greatly underestimated genetic complexity, while Locke grossly overestimated the impact of environmental ...

New Procedure To Correct Pelvic Prolapse Has Faster Recovery, Shorter Hospital Stay

... a chronic cough, loss of muscle tone with aging, or having a hysterectomy or other abdominal surgery may also cause these muscles to be weakened. heredity may play a role in determining who is predisposed toward pelvic organ prolapse. Statistics suggest it occurs more often in women of Northern European ...

Genetic Test for Heart Disease Risk in the Works

... genome," Erdmann said. "It will be an analysis of 15,000 cases and 15,000 controls," she said. "We have started doing it." More information heredity as a risk factor for heart disease is described by the American Heart Association . SOURCES: Sekar Kathiresan, M.SD, ...

The Vein Center at Allure Medical Spa Seminar Will Teach Others How to Get Relief

... Mok of The Vein Center at Allure Medical Spa will review the evolution of treatments for varicose veins. Also covered will be the common causes, heredity factors, and characteristics of these vein syndromes. "Most people think of varicose veins as purely a cosmetic problem. In our practice, we find ...

AAOS Issues New Clinical Practice Guideline for Osteoarthritis of the Knee

... Swelling in the knee joint. Several factors increase a person's risk of developing OA of the knee including: heredity Weight Age Gender Injuries or Trauma to the knee Other risk factors including poor posture, bone alignment, ...

Dermatologists Debunk Myths, Offer Advice for Conditions that Hit Below the Belt

... horse chestnut extract prevent spider veins. Dr. Weiss: "There is no truth that any vitamin supplements can prevent spider veins. The fact is that heredity accounts for 80 percent of people who develop spider veins." "Even with the advent of lasers, sclerotherapy is still considered the gold standard ...

Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior

... the variation in sexual orientation, non-shared environmental factors 64 percent, and family environment 16 percent. It's important to note that heredity and shared environment had roughly the same influence in women, while shared environment had virtually no impact on men's sexual behavior, the ...

Homosexual behavior due to genetics and environmental factors

... but modest, and that non-shared environmental factors, which may include factors operating during foetal development, dominate. Importantly, heredity had roughly the same influence as shared environmental factors in women, whereas the latter had no impact on sexual behaviour in men. Dr Rahman ...

March of Dimes seeks answers to preterm birth

... of Dimes Foundation awarded $3.5 million to 10 scientists who are trying to stem the growing pace of preterm birth by studying the role genes and heredity play in premature births and how the rate of fetal lung development, infection and other factors may trigger labor. Since 2005, the March of Dimes ...

Multiple skin cancer risk behaviors are common among US adults

... a diagnosis of basal- or squamous-cell skin cancer or the more invasive, potentially lethal melanoma, according to the American Cancer Society. heredity plays an important role in skin cancer. For example, a typical portrait of someone at risk of skin cancer would show a natural blonde or redhead ...

Domestic cat genome sequenced

... the causative gene for Cinnamons retinitis pigmentosa (they published a paper describing this study in the May/June, 2007 issue of the Journal of heredity ). These variants will also be useful for parentage testing, forensic analysis, and studies of evolution, including the reconstruction of ...

NEWSWEEK International Editions: Highlights and Exclusives, OCT. 15, 2007 Issue

... the fields of biology and genetics, writes Lee Silver, a professor of molecular biology at Princeton. He writes that many scientists now believe that heredity is the result of an incredibly complex interplay among the basic components of the genome, scattered among many different genes and even the vast ...

Study Downgrades Gene as Heart Risk Factor

... "It is too early to speak about assessing coronary risk with genotypes, and this study demonstrates that," he said. More information More on heredity as a risk factor for heart disease is provided by the American Heart Association . SOURCES: Emanuele Di Angelantonio, M.D., ...

Alzheimer’s: Blame it On the Genes; Lifestyle changes the only Saving Grac

... the 392 pairs studied where one or both had Alzheimer’s, it was found that heredity factors contributed as one of the major risks of Alzheimer’s. Some ... Though this is not a foregone conclusion, yet it points a finger to heredity that predisposes a person to be struck by Alzheimer’s. Thomas Perls, a ...

Low Income Family Adolescents Suffer Migraine

... than 32,000 teens were identified in this sample, and more than half of them (58.4 percent) answered the questionnaire. It is well known that heredity strongly influences whether someone will develop migraine headaches. So when this study looked at teens whose parents suffered from migraines, the ...

X-ray Mammography Aids in Breast Cancer Detection

... will be diagnosed with breast cancer and an estimated 40,460 women will die of the disease. While the causes of breast cancer are unknown, heredity has been identified as one risk factor. The authors write that about 50 percent of breast cancers associated with genetic risk factors are linked to ...

Now Kidney Stones can Be Healed With Low-cost Laser Technology

... every year with kidney stone-related ailments. "It is mostly people living in tropical countries who get kidney stones. It is also related to heredity and day-to-day food habits," Ghose added. ...

Researchers Identify New Genetic Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

... cells in the pancreas. In addition to lifestyle factors like obesity, poor diet and lack of exercise, doctors have long known that heredity plays a significant role in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. People who have a parent or sibling with type 2 diabetes face a 3.5-times greater ...

Study Links Tooth Decay and Gum Infections to Ethnicity and Country of Origin

... influences, as in the case of developing countries that don’t have a fluoridated water supply to provide protection against tooth decay. heredity can play a role, as well. Some ethnic groups may be more susceptible to decay-causing oral bacteria." Dr. Cruz found that rates of tooth decay ...

Take Heart If Your Parents Died at a Ripe Old Age: Framingham Heart Study

... and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease than people whose parents died younger. While other research has connected longevity to heredity this multigenerational study has showed that having fewer risk factors for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Americans, is an ...

Lung Cancer Risk High Among Women

... your risk. Whether you smoke or not, lifetime exposure to secondhand smoke, asbestos, radon, and other environmental carcinogens is also important. heredity is another factor. The ramifications: There aren’t any specific guidelines for follow-up if a screening test suggests lung cancer, so you and ...

Border Security Force Troopers Turn To Yoga

... could cause mental depression, which could lead to suicide and homicide among security forces. BSF personnel often complain of hypertension, heredity diabetes and other psycho-physical complications due to the nature of their job, which is to guard the country's land borders. After introducing ...

AMD influenced by Variation in 3 Genes

... Ophthalmol 2005), and that another common CFH variant as well as smoking and higher body mass index are independently related to advanced AMD (Human heredity 2006). A decade ago they reported the increased risk of AMD attributable to cigarette smoking (JAMA 1996). They also found that high body mass index ...

Personal Growth and Success Dependent on Prenatal Health

... that can have far reaching impact in adulthood, much more than conventional investments. "The key distinction for policy purposes is that whereas heredity is immutable, congenital characteristics are mediated by the prenatal environment. This strongly suggests that economic outcomes are malleable in a ...

Gene That Causes Atrial Fibrillation Identified

... responsible for this chaotic electrical activation of the heart muscle and atrial fibrillation (AF).// 'The discovery underscores the significance of heredity in susceptibility to atrial fibrillation,' explains Timothy M. Olson, M.D., director of the Cardiovascular Genetics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. ...

Developing Countries Undertake Cataloguing of Human Mutations

... Ramesar, a professor at the division of human genetics at the University of Cape Town. Ramesar studied the genes of a family who suffered from a heredity eye disease, which led to their becoming gradually blind. Ramesar's team traced the gene defect down to an enzyme Carbonic Anhydrase. It turned ...

Dairy Intake Relates With Twins Birth – Research Find

... recombinant growth hormone (rBST) is being added to dairy products many cases of twin births may have resulted. Some say it may even be related to heredity or environmental factors - Steinman added. IVF, breast feeding practice may all have a role to play in the delivery of twin babies and it seem ...

Adding more fiber in the diet can offset hemorrhoids.

... by a variety of factors, including pregnancy, chronic constipation or diarrhea, overuse of laxatives, and straining during bowel movements. Age and heredity can also contribute to the onset of hemorrhoids. Symptoms include bleeding during bowel movements, itching, and painful bumps around the anus. ...

Female Twins Have More To Share Than Just The Similarity: Risk Of Early Menopause

... population. The further study of similarities and differences among identical twins is needed to address the questions regarding the associated heredity and environmental factors. Studies directed towards identifying molecular basis for the differences between twins would probably pave way for ...

Genes responsible for cancer in women associated with increased cancer risk in men

... to have pancreatic cancer. The above finding only emphasizes on the need for early screening strategies and an understanding of the role of heredity in the development of cancer in either sex, which could pave way for better treatment options regarding the same. ...

Genetics Has A Major Role To Play In Body Shape.

... body balances calories and energy. A family history of obesity increases you chances of becoming obese by about 25 to 30 percent. Don’t fret! heredity doesn't destine you to be fat. But by influencing the amount of body fat and fat distribution, genes can make you more susceptible to gaining weight. ...

New technology to decipher neural connections dealing with heredity and environment

... that the new use of technology in understanding developmental process will also help the scientists in understanding the role played by nature or heredity on nurture or environment. The computer model can also conduct a battery of tests to find out any injuries to the frontal lobe of the brain. ...

Crooked teeth may be due to evolution and overcooked meals

... evolution than anything else. Human teeth are in bad shape, when compared with teeth of the other animals, especially those that eat flesh. If heredity and evolution have played a role in influencing the dental pattern of the human species, it is the food habits of today that is causing more damage. ...

Eating disorders are hereditary

... A research done in the University of Pittsburgh reveals that heredity has a central role in the trigger of bulimia and eating disorders. Michael Strober, supervisor of the research explains that "the genetic influences ...
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