Latest ALDH2 Stories

2008-09-11 15:00:11

Marauding molecules cause the tissue damage that underlies heart attacks, sunburn, Alzheimer's and hangovers. But scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they may have found ways to combat the carnage after discovering an important cog in the body's molecular detoxification machinery. The culprit molecules are oxygen byproducts called free radicals. These highly unstable molecules start chain reactions of cellular damage -- an escalating storm that ravages healthy...

2005-07-14 15:35:00

- Alcohol consumption is an integral part of the Japanese business culture. - Many East Asians have a mutant form of aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH), which is a key enzyme in the elimination of alcohol-induced acetaldehyde. - Individuals with inactive ALDH2 do not appear to be able to eliminate acetaldehyde from their systems, which increases their susceptibility to hangovers. Alcohol consumption is an integral part of the Japanese business culture. Hangovers, however, can have substantial...

2005-07-15 12:38:23

This mutation is no party, Japanese team say HealthDay News -- Many hangover sufferers looking for someone or something to blame can now point the finger at their own genes, according to a new study. Mutations in a specific gene inactivate a key enzyme and slow the elimination of acetaldehyde -- the first product of alcohol metabolism -- from the body, say Japanese researchers reporting in the July issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research. Their study of 326 Japanese female...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).