As a practicing hypochondriac it was of particular interest to me to learn about a research company in, of all places, Iceland, which is making what could be historic advances in medicine through the study of human genetics. This company, deCODE genetics, is exploiting a most unusual data base: that of the total population of Iceland where excellent records have been kept … [Read more...] about Could Genetics Play a Role in Degrees of Addiction?
NIDA Researchers Identify Genetic Variant Linked To Nicotine Addiction And Lung Cancer - Variant Also Increases Risk For Cardiovascular Disease Scientists have identified a genetic variant that not only makes smokers more susceptible to nicotine addiction but also increases their risk of developing two smoking-related diseases, lung cancer and peripheral arterial … [Read more...] about Researchers Identify Genetic Variant Linked To Nicotine Addiction
Smoking plays a role in lung cancer development, and now scientists have shown that smoking also affects the way genes are expressed, leading to alterations in cell division and regulation of immune response. Notably, some of the changes in gene expression persisted in people who had quit smoking many years earlier. These findings by researchers at the National Cancer … [Read more...] about Smoking’s Effects on Genes May Play a Role in Lung Cancer Development and Survival
A team of Quebec researchers has uncovered a series of genes linking the response to stress and high blood pressure with alcoholism and tobacco dependence. If a person has that series of genes, he or she will be more prone to drink or smoke in order to cope with stress and high blood pressure, according to researchers. "What that tells us is that it's not only bad … [Read more...] about Gene Links Alcoholism, Tobacco Addiction, Stress
Smoking Research Studies Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently received a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health for a new study focusing on the chemical changes that occur when the body is exposed to cigarette smoke. Previous research has shown that chemical changes in the body can occur after exposure to … [Read more...] about NIH to Fund New Research Study Regarding Exposure to Cigarette Smoke