Volume 7 Issue 181
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Jun-2005 
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Saturated fats combined with genetic trait implicated in development of type 2 diabetes

A University of Alberta team of researchers has discovered an additional 2 million Canadians who have a high fat diet or are overweight may be at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes if they carry a particular type of common specific genetic trait known as a polymorphism. more  

Increasing risk for heart failure in aging US population

Although heart failure is often referred to as one of the new “epidemics” of cardiovascular disease in the 21st century, there have been few community-based studies that gauge the risks of heart failure in a general population. In a report published in the July issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School looked at the incidence of heart failure in residents of the Worcester, Massachusetts metropolitan area. The results of this study suggest that heart failure is an important clinical syndrome affecting residents of this large northeast community. more

Small excess risk of cancer associated with low-dose radiation exposure

Low doses of radiation, such as those received in the nuclear industry, are associated with a small excess risk of developing cancer, according to a study published online by the BMJ today. more  

Low birth weight of a baby entails risks for the baby's father

Men who experience signs and symptoms of a prostate obstruction resulting from benign Parents whose children are born with a low birth weight run greater risk of dying of cardiovascular diseases. Even the fathers are at greater risk. These findings are published in a new report by Karolinska Institutet. The report shows that genetic factors affect both birth weight and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. more

Health insurance coverage for children up in 2004; Number of uninsured adults stable 

Health insurance coverage for children showed continued improvement in 2004, and the percentage of working-age adults without insurance coverage, which had been climbing in recent years, did not increase last year, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). more

Brain scan study of smokers reveals signature of craving 

Not all smokers are alike when it comes to cravings, and a new study conducted by researchers at Duke University Medical Center suggests the difference may lie in their brains' sensitivity to drug cues. The researchers found that smokers who report a greater urge to smoke after a period of abstinence also exhibit stronger brain activity after viewing smoking-related images, such as others smoking or a pack of cigarettes. more

Aerobic exercise helps find genetic regions linked to prediabetes

People's bodies respond to exercise in different ways, and their genetic makeup is partly responsible. more


People's bodies respond to exercise in different ways, and their genetic makeup is partly responsible.