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Genetic Testing Used For The Diagnosis Of Dilated Cardiomyopathy

Researchers have identified four variations in a gene known as BAG3 that are linked to a poor outcome. Genetic testing is a powerful diagnostic tool that is increasingly being used for the diagnosis of dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease in which the heart becomes enlarged, making it difficult to pump blood. Cardiomyopathy affects more than 3.5 million people in the United States.

African Americans are at especially high risk but have been underrepresented in genetic studies, often due to socioeconomic barriers and other health disparities. The study was published in the journal JAMA Cardiology, is the first to describe genetic variants that are almost exclusive to African Americans that impact the outcome in dilated cardiomyopathy patients.

Arterial Revascularisation Trial: Ten-year Outcomes Revealed

The ten-year outcomes of the Arterial Revascularisation Trial (ART) are presented today in a Hot Line Session at ESC Congress 2018. Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery is indicated in patients with angina and advanced coronary artery disease. With about one million operations per year globally, it is one of the most common major surgical procedures undertaken worldwide.

Competitive Sports: Age Shouldn't Be a Barrier

To stay healthy and fit, older people have traditionally been advised to take up gentle activities, such as walking and tai chi. But it's time we added competitive sports to the mix. Competitive sport is usually seen as a young person's game. If you encourage children to take up sport when they are young, you establish lifelong participation – or so the theory goes.

Soy Milk Residue Converted into Healthy Probiotic Drink

Food scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have given okara – the residue from the production of soy milk and tofu, and is usually discarded – a new lease of life by turning it into a refreshing drink that contains live probiotics, dietary fiber, free isoflavones and amino acids. By encapsulating these nutrients in a beverage, they can be easily absorbed into the body, and promote gut health.