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?
smoking and lung cancer
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
A simple discussion of lung capacity appears to double the rate patients follow a doctor’s advice to quit smoking. A study published online (March 7 in the British journal BMJ) suggests that if a doctor tells smokers their “lung age” — the age of the average healthy nonsmoker who would match them in breathing strength — they are more likely to stop smoking. Using a … [Read more...] about Reminder to Smokers: Your Lungs Are Aging
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
Columbia, SC, (WIS) - A local musician and anti-smoking activist died Wednesday evening after a long battle with lung cancer according to his family. Chris Conner was a member of the Midlands band Sourwood Honey, and was diagnosed with lung cancer earlier this year. "He was never afraid and he was completely at peace with God," said Chris's family on their … [Read more...] about Chris Conner Dead of Lung Cancer at 37