Connection between genes and strokes

July 26, 2011 2:28:33 PM PDT
It's well known that a heart attack in your family can raise your own risk factors for a heart attack, but what about strokes?

The study evaluated those risks in 1,600 families. If one parent had a heart attack, risk increases by 48-percent. If both parents have had a heart attack, the risk is 600-percent greater.

The researchers found, however, that a parent's stroke does not have an effect on raising a person's risk.

Genetics research has also found 3 new genes that will help them detect some diseases of the esophagus early on.

Cancer of the esophagus is very curable when caught early or even in the pre-cancerous state like Barrett's Esophagus, when it's allowed to spread, it has lethal consequences.

Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say this finding could help save lives through early detection.

Lymph Node Study

A study on the role of cancerous lymph nodes found in breast cancer surgery had some new findings.

Surgeons have been evaluating cells in the sentinel node and determining further action based on cancerous cells found there.

This new study done by cancer surgeons says that microscopic or hidden cells in the sentinel node do not ultimately affect overall survival.

Chicken Pox Vaccine

A success story for the chicken pox vaccine is reported by the CDC.

Deaths from chicken pox has been slashed, down by 94% in people under age 50. That's in the ten years following the start of the vaccine program.

Overall, deaths from chicken pox came down 88 percent in that first decade.