Learn about a new genetic link being found to autism. Scanning the DNA of a database of patients and family members of those with varying degrees of the autism spectrum disorder, researchers were able to identify novel mutations in chromosome 16 i...
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This is Insidermedicine in 60 from Boston. Scanning the DNA of those with varying degrees of the autism, researchers identified novel mutations in chromosome 16. These mutations involved both deletions and duplications of the chromosome. The mutation, which was seen in 1% of those with the condition, was not seen in family members, suggesting it came about de novo. From Los Angeles, anxiety may raise the risk of having a heart attack. Evaluating over 700 men, and following them for a 12 year period, researchers determined that those who were anxious or who at social introversion were 40% more likely to have a heart attack. The association was present even after controlling for age, BMI, cholesterol and blood pressure. And finally from Berlin, chewing large amounts of gum may cause diarrhea and weight loss because of the osmotic effects of sweeteners. Researchers are reporting on the cases of two patients who had significant diarrhea and weight loss. Determine that both were chewing great quantities of gum and eating sweets, which resulted in the ingestion of approximately 20 to 30 grams of the artificial sweetener sorbitol, a known laxative. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

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