February 17, 2010

King Also Had Bone Disorder

1 Malaria Likely Killed King Tut

An autopsy that was thousands of years in the making suggests that King Tutankhamen, who ruled Egypt and died around 1324 BC at age 19, was likely killed by malaria. He also had a degenerative bone disorder and other health problems. Researchers reported the findings -- as well as health information on 10 other mummies -- in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Tut and three other mummies showed genetic traces of malaria tropica, a severe form of the disorder, while other mummies showed cleft palates and club feet, among other problems. Tut had a rare bone disorder, Köhler’s disease II, as well as avascular bone necrosis, which can destroy tissue because of reduced blood supply. The researchers said that disorder and the malaria likely caused his death.

More at New York Times | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Pills Cut Death, Tumor Spread

2 Aspirin May Help Beat Breast Cancer

Women with breast cancer who took aspirin regularly were less likely to die from the disease than women who didn't take the pills as often, according to a study from the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study followed more than 4,000 nurses with cancer and found those who took aspirin were about half as likely to die or have their tumors spread through the body than women who didn't take aspirin. It's thought that the aspirin could help fight inflammation in the body, reducing the ability of cancer to spread. Health experts say the study doesn't prove that aspirin slows or prevents cancer growth, and breast cancer patients shouldn't start taking aspirin without consulting their doctor, because aspirin is also a blood thinner that may be a problem for women being treated for cancer.

More at USA Today | Posted 8 years ago by Sarah E. White

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Biochemical Breakthrough

3 Scientists Unlock Key to Aging

The pathway that determines the life cycle of cells has been discovered by an international team of British and German researchers. This scientific breakthrough could explain the causes of age-related diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, and spur the development of new drugs that could be used in their treatment. As part of the study, researchers examined the reasons why cells stop dividing or become senescent, a state in the aging process that results in physical signs of deterioration. There is evidence that when cells age, they send out signals to the brain that trigger biochemical responses that inform the cells to self-destruct in order to halt the replication of damaged DNA that can cause cancer. The findings are published in the journal Molecular Systems Biology.

More at Telegraph.co.uk | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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Obesity Doubles Risk

4 Kidney Stones More Common in Obese

The risk of developing kidney stones nearly doubles in obese people, regardless of the degree of obesity, indicates a new study from Johns Hopkins University. The risk is apparently the same whether one is mildly or morbidly obese, according to findings published in the February Journal of Urology. These results refute previous thinking that the risk of developing kidney stones rises as one’s basal metabolic rate increases. Researchers have yet to determine why obese people are at greater risk to develop kidney stones than those with a lower BMI but point to a combination of metabolic, endocrine and dietary factors for being responsible. Further studies on risk factors are intended by the researchers.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 8 years ago by Melody Lesser

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