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New genetic loci implicated in fasting glucose homeostasis and their impact on type 2 diabetes risk: Levels of circulating glucose are tightly regulated. To identify new loci influencing glycemic traits, we performed meta-analyses of 21 genome-wide association studies informative for fasting glucose, fasting insulin and indices of beta-cell function (HOMA-B) and insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) in…

That seems the finding of this paper, Familial Aggregation of Survival and Late Female Reproduction: Women giving birth at advanced reproductive ages in natural fertility conditions have been shown to have superior postmenopausal longevity. It is unknown whether improved survival is more likely among relatives of late-fertile women. This study compares survival past age 50…

See FuturePundit & Effect Measure. Also see H5N1. CDC recommends (especially for residents of California & Texas):

I only know about Phenylketonuria (PKU) because it is an elementary example of an autosomal recessive disease. Newborns are routinely tested, because those with PKU may develop mental retardation on a normal diet. That’s about all I knew, but this from Wikipedia: If PKU is diagnosed early enough, an affected newborn can grow up with…

Map of Health in America

A few years ago I pointed to a paper which surveyed variation in health across the United States as a function of geography. Today Andrew Gelman points to a new map put out by the heath insurance industry. I’ve placed the two maps side by side below.

Association Between Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Level and Upper Respiratory Tract Infection in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey: The median serum 25(OH)D level was 29 ng/mL…and 19%…of participants reported a recent URTI [recent respiratory tract infections]. Recent URTI was reported by 24% of participants with 25(OH)D levels less than 10 ng/mL, by 20%…