Health Update

Gene that determines height identified

New York, Sep 4 : Scientists claim to have discovered the gene that influences a person's height and explains why some people are shorter.

Newly Discovered “Skinny Gene” Could Fight Obesity & Diabetes - Report

U.S. researchers have discovered a gene, which keeps mice and fruit flies lean that might offer a means to put a stop to obesity and diabetes in people.

In the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers reported that the gene, detected over 50 years ago in fruit flies, makes mice fat when tweaked in one direction and thin when manipulated in a different way.

Smoking might boost Alzheimer's risk

Quit Smoking
Washington, Sep 1 : People who smoke are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia than people who have quit or have never smoked, a new study has found.

Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, have shown that smokers over the age of 55 were 50 percent more likely to develop dementia than their non-smoking counterparts.

Study links depression in women with migraine to childhood abuse

Depressed Woman
Washington, Sept 4 : Women who have been victims of child abuse and suffer from migraine are more likely to be depressed, a new study has found.

The study revealed that childhood abuse is more common in women with migraine, who suffer depression, than in women with migraine alone.

Offspring of Holocaust survivors with PTSD display lower stress hormone levels

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Washington, Sept. 4 : People whose parents are Holocaust survivors with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have on average lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol than the adult offspring of parents without PTSD, according a small study.

Smoking in movies raises teens' likelihood of becoming established smokers

Smoking in Movies
Washington, Sept. 4 : Teenagers' likelihood of becoming established smokers, a category of smokers who smoke at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetimes, increases with the amount of smoking they see in movies, says a report.