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2012-12-03 16:07:43

Researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia part of a large international study An international team of genetics researchers has discovered four new gene regions that contribute to low birth weight. Three of those regions influence adult metabolism, and appear to affect longer-term outcomes such as adult height, risk of type 2 diabetes and adult blood pressure. "This large study adds to the evidence that genes have a strong influence on fetal growth," said one of the...

2012-04-12 05:23:56

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Childhood obesity has become a major issue in the United States. Research indicates that obese adolescents tend to have higher risk of mortality as adults. Although food choices and habits contribute to the increasing rates of obesity in children, a recent study identifies at least two gene variants that increase the risk of common childhood obesity. "This is the largest-ever genome-wide study of common childhood obesity, in contrast to previous studies that have...

Genetic Factors May Increase Risk Of Childhood Obesity
2012-04-09 12:42:31

Common childhood obesity may now be considered genetic. A researcher at the Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia led the study, considered to be the largest of its kind, to determine the origins of this pediatric condition. According to his research, there are at least two new genetic variations responsible for increasing the risk of common childhood obesity. Lead investigator and associate director of the Center for Applied Genomics at The Children´s Hospital of Philadelphia...

2010-10-14 14:56:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study by pediatric researchers has added to the evidence that genes have a strong influence on childhood obesity. The study team searched across the whole genomes of thousands of obese children for copy number variations (CNVs)--deletions or duplications of DNA sequences. Although the CNVs they found are rare within the population, their data suggest that those individuals harboring such variants are at a very high risk of becoming...

2010-10-14 14:54:58

A new study uncovers multiple genetic variations associated with common childhood obesity. The research, published by Cell Press on October 14th in the American Journal of Human Genetics, is likely to guide future studies aimed at characterizing the affected genes and unraveling the complex biology that underlies childhood obesity. Obesity, which has increased significantly in recent years in Western societies, is a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The...

2010-10-14 14:53:11

A new study by pediatric researchers has added to the evidence that genes have a strong influence on childhood obesity. The study team searched across the whole genomes of thousands of obese children for copy number variations (CNVs)--deletions or duplications of DNA sequences. Although the CNVs they found are rare within the population, their data suggest that those individuals harboring such variants are at a very high risk of becoming obese. "Our study is the first large-scale, unbiased...

2010-07-21 22:55:16

Finding may suggest useful drug targets among gene networks Studying a protein already known to play an important role in type 2 diabetes and cancer, genomics researchers have discovered that it may have an even broader role in disease, particularly in other metabolic disorders and heart disease. In finding unsuspected links to other disease-related genes, the scientists may have identified future targets for drug treatments. The paper appeared online July 17 in the British journal...

2009-12-07 18:39:27

Pediatric researchers have found that a gene already implicated in the development of type 2 diabetes in adults also raises the risk of being overweight during childhood. The finding sheds light on the genetic origins of diabetes and may present an avenue for developing drugs to counteract the disease, which has been on the upswing in childhood and adolescence. Researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine published the study...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.