June 12, 2011

Surgery Not Linked with Survival

1 Bariatric Surgery Doesn't Decrease Death Rate

Older, severely obese male patients in a recent study didn't live longer after getting bariatric surgery, find researchers. The study findings, presented Sunday at the Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, were published in JAMA. CNN reports that the study, conducted at Veteran Affairs medical centers, involved 850 veterans who had weight-loss surgery from January 2000 to December 2006. After comparing survival rates of the veterans who had bariatric surgery with similar patients who didn't have the surgery, researchers concluded that bariatric surgery isn't associated with survival during a mean follow-up of 6.7 years.

More at CNN | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Bariatric Surgery, Extending Lap Band Benefits, Weight Loss Surgery, Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Obese Male Patients, Veteran Affairs Medical Centers

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2 Allergies Not Increased by Pets at Early Age

Having a cat or dog in the home won't increase a child's risk of developing an allergy to pets, say researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Michigan. The research, published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy, reveals that being around a specific animal during the first year of life is an important exposure period, and may even be protective in some groups. The research followed 565 participants from birth to 18 years old. "This research provides further evidence that experiences in the first year of life are associated with health status later in life, and that early life pet exposure does not put most children at risk of being sensitized to these animals later in life," says study leader Ganesa Wegienka, MS, PhD.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: New Vaccine Leaves Cat Allergies in the Dust

Tags: Early Pet Exposure, Kids Pet Allergies, Cat Allergy, Dog Allergy, Preventing Pet Allergies, Exposing Kids to Pets, Clinical and Experimental Allergy

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3 Trio of Genes Linked to Migraines

Researchers in Boston have discovered that variations of three genes are associated with migraines. A genomic screen of 23,230 women including 5,122 migraine sufferers found that the genes PRDM16, TRPM8 and LRP1 were associated with migraines. PRDM16 and RPM8 are only involved in migraines headaches while LRP1 plays a role in the brain’s chemical pathways and its response to external stimuli. Individuals with migraines do not respond to some stimuli like other and the neurons communicate with each other in a different way. Interestingly, TRPM8 appears only to be associated with migraines in women. Their variations change the risk of migraines by 10 to 15 percent. The study was conducted in Boston and two smaller studies done in Germany and the Netherlands yielded similar results.

More at Yahoo! AFP | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Gene Inhibits Protein Resulting in Migraines

Tags: Migraines, TRPM8, PRDM16, LRP1, Genetic Basis of Migraines, Genes Associated with Migraines, Migraine Risk Factors

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