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Predicting Risk Of Heart Attacks With Chromosome Length
2012-03-26 12:19:20

Scientists in Boston, Massachusetts have discovered a chromosomal link to heart cancer by studying the length of proteins in a chromosome. The key factor at play in this research are telemores, or DNA protein complexes. These protein complexes can be thought of as “caps”, protecting chromosomes from deteriorating and melding with other chromosomes. As time goes on and chromosomes continue to replicate and cells divide, these telemores will naturally shorten. How much these...

2012-03-26 12:18:53

Human geneticists have long debated whether the genetic risk of the most common medical conditions derive from many rare mutations, each conferring a high degree of risk in different people, or common differences throughout the genome that modestly influence risk. A new study by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) researchers has harnessed data and new analysis tools to address this question in four common diseases: rheumatoid arthritis; celiac disease; coronary artery disease and...

2012-03-26 10:03:33

Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), also known as coronary angioplasty or angioplasty, is a procedure used to treat acute coronary syndromes. PCI involves opening a blocked blood vessel by threading and inflating a balloon-tipped tube into the vessel. Sometimes a stent is also inserted to keep the blood vessel open. While undergoing PCI treatment, doctors usually give patients medicine to prevent complications that may occur from the procedure. In a new study by researchers at...

Early Exposure to Germs Could Help Build Immunity
2012-03-24 06:02:31

Childhood exposure to bacteria and other germs may help build immunity to various microbes later on in life, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) claim in a new study. According to Carrie Gann of ABC News, this belief is known as the "hygiene hypothesis," and suggests -- in contrast to the common belief that people should strive to remain germ free regardless of circumstances -- that bacteria and other germs may be "a necessary part of a healthy immune system, helping our...

2012-03-20 23:44:45

Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers find that women who live in wealthy states have a lower level of certain cardiovascular disease risk factors According to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a state's level of wealth or poverty is linked with levels of cardiovascular inflammation in women. Cardiovascular inflammation is a key risk factor for heart disease. This research, led by Cheryl R. Clark, MD, ScD, the director of health equity research and intervention at...

2012-03-15 23:27:04

Specialists agree: Many of the incidental findings discovered during genetic testing should be reported to ordering physician With whole-genome and whole-exome sequencing declining in price and improving in accuracy, these technologies are rapidly being integrated into clinical medicine. However, one of the most difficult obstacles to this integration is the uncertainty about searching for and reporting genetic results that are "incidental" or unrelated to the reasons the test was...

2012-03-12 14:19:29

A new study by Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) researchers found significant variation in the use of head computed tomography (CT) exams among doctors within the emergency department (ED). With advanced imaging as a driver of increasing health care costs, strategies to reduce variation in head CT use and other high-cost imaging studies may reduce cost and improve quality of care. This study is part of an effort by researchers at BWH to develop strategies for achieving the appropriate...

2012-03-09 10:27:09

The benefits of alcohol in stroke risk According to new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), light-to-moderate alcohol consumption was associated with a lower risk of stroke in women. The study will be electronically published on March 8, 2012 in Stroke, a journal of the American Heart Association (AHA). Monik Jimenez ScD, BWH Department of Medicine, examined data from 83,578 female participants in the Nurses' Health Study. They looked at data of women who had no...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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