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DNA Sequencing Identifies Genes for Pain, Hunger

DNA Sequencing Identifies Genes for Pain, Hunger

People who seem to stay heavy despite dieting and exercise may have their DNA to blame for a lack of results.

Genetic researchers at Cambridge have found that mutation of a gene called KSR2 may cause “continued hunger” in patients who are obese, as well as slowing their metabolism.

If these findings are true, this would explain why some people can eat an entire key lime pie at 2 in the morning and never gain an ounce, while others struggle to keep their weight down. It may not be a lack of willpower after all; it may just be (at least in part) your DNA.

The researchers have examined the effect of KSR2 on the development of obesity in mice, but they are now beginning to analyze the effect of the gene in humans.

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Public CPR Education to Boost OHCA Survival Rates

Public CPR Education to Boost OHCA Survival Rates

The average person in the United States isn’t prepared to administer Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation, and there’s no time to learn in an emergency.

A Danish study indicates that the most effective way to improve survival rates of heart attacks outside the hospital (OHCAs or Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrests) is a solid push for CPR public education. People need to be taught how (and when) to administer CPR, they say, in addition to first aid.

We can’t instruct you properly on CPR here (and frankly, you shouldn’t learn CPR from a blog post anyway), but there are many CPR classes and certification courses around the country, and most likely in your community as well.

Now, if you’re a North American, you may be saying “That study came from the Netherlands (Danish actually means from Denmark; you’re thinking of Dutch. Don’t worry, I get confused sometimes too). Why should we listen to the Danish?”

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New SARS-like Virus Not Easily Transmittable

New SARS-like Virus Not Easily Transmittable

The World Health Organization announced a positive finding regarding the new virus with SARS similarities discovered in London last week: it appears to not transmit easily between people. The health agency had put out a global alert a few days ago over the tenatively named, potentially deadly Novel Coronavirus 2012.

The virus seems to have originated in the Middle East. The first infection case was discovered earlier this month in a critically-ill patient from Qatar who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia. Another man, who had apparently had the same virus, had just died in the same area the Qatari patient had traveled to. (Source: Reuters)

The Qatari patient was air transported to a London hospital, for treatment of his symptoms, where the true nature of his infection was discovered.

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Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

Teen Brings Teen Back to Life while Air Ambulance Rushes to Scene

According to a report from The Argus this morning, an 18-year-old teenager saved the life of a 17-year-old who had stopped breathing after suffering a severe impact to the chest. The heroic 18-year-old was able to bring the injured teen “back to life” while an air ambulance rushed to the scene.

It happened in Bexhill, a town outside London on the south-east coast of England. The boys were playing cricket, a sport similar to American baseball, when a sudden injury caught everyone off-guard.

David T., 17, was reportedly batting for his team when a speeding ball struck him just under his ribs. He staggered backwards and fell to the floor. His teammates watched the scene in horror as David soon ceased breathing, and appeared to be dead.

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Earthquakes and Tsunamis Can Happen at Any Time: How to Survive Both

Earthquakes and Tsunamis Can Happen at Any Time: How to Survive Both

It’s now been one week since an earthquake and tsunami devastated the island nation of Japan. Last Friday, rescue teams, humanitarian workers, and air medical crews from multiple countries immediately mobilized to assist with the relief effort. Our thoughts continue to be with the displaced and injured victims and their families.

Over 16,000 people have been killed or are still missing, over 500,000 still staying in shelters, as government and military agencies, humanitarian organizations like the International Red Cross, and even private air operators continue to respond to the crisis.

Japan is one of the most earthquake and tsunami-prepared places in the world. Yet, no one saw the devastation coming until it was too late.

Earthquakes are, unfortunately, a routine occurrence. They give little or no warning, and can cause catastrophic damage in seconds. Therefore, knowing what to do instinctively is very important. The next 9.0 magnitude earthquake could take a number of years, or it could happen tomorrow.

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