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Gene Linked to Sleep Deprivation Resistance

short sleeper twins

Do you have trouble getting a full night's sleep, but still feel OK in the morning? Perhaps it runs in the family. A study of 100 pairs of twins has uncovered a gene mutation that might allow for normal functioning on less than six hours of sleep per night. This genetic variant also looks to [...]

Knee Pain from Arthritis

Knee X-ray

Knee pain is a very common complaint among older men and women. There are many causes, not the least of which is osteoarthritis. Common causes of knee pain include arthritis, ligamental injuries, cartilaginous injuries, patellar tendinitis, dislocated kneecap, bursitis and Baker's cyst. Less common conditions such as gout, Osgood-Schlatters and osteochondritis, the previous two seen [...]

Brain Protein Key to Potential Obesity, Diabetes Therapies

Insulin Monomer

How involved is the brain in regulating metabolism? This question is just of the fronts on the wars against obesity and diabetes. Now, researchers have found a protein that commands genes to switch on or off has an important role in certain areas of the brain which control metabolism. The discovery has the potential of [...]

Preventing Varicose Veins during Pregnancy

pregnancy-seated

Varicose veins are swollen veins that can bulge near the surface of the skin. Many men and women are both embarrassed by the sight of these veins and experience the discomfort of swollen legs, itchy skin or small ulcers. Women who have no genetic predisposition and thought they were much too young to experience a [...]

A History of Diabetes

C.F. Banting

According to the American Diabetes Association, the number of people who suffer from diabetes continues to grow each year.(1) Today, 5% of the world's population has diabetes, a metabolic disorder that affects the control of blood glucose. Are more people developing the disorder or is it just that more people are now diagnosed? The question [...]