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?
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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
Learn About the Prevalence of Cigarette Smoking According to the American Cancer Society, "48 million adults (25.7 million men and 22.3 million women) were current smokers in the United States in 1997." Many of these adult smokers started during their teenage years. Unfortunately, even today people still begin to smoke cigarettes despite published statistics that show its … [Read more...] about Cigarette Smoking and Its Impact on Spinal Fusions
"About 80% of the patients whose legs or extremities I have to amputate are current smokers. If they are not current smokers, then they almost certainly used to smoke. If patients presenting with PAD have never smoked, I have cause to doubt whether they have the disease at all." -Mr. Daryll Baker, Consultant vascular surgeon, Royal Free Hospital. The most common cause of … [Read more...] about Peripheral Arterial Disease and Smoking