A new study determined doctors can assign a risk score that can accurately predict the body mass index, obesity risk, and overall risk of disease using genes. The Wall Street Journal reported on the study, which was conducted at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and whose results were published in the journal Cell. The researchers found in the case of more than 306,000 people, a polygenic score — which factors in genetics — was able to accurately predict their body mass index, weight, and obesity status. The process looks at several genes to assign a polygenic score, which can be used by doctors to better treat patients. "Obesity risk from genes can now be distilled into a single number for each person," geneticist, cardiologist, and senior author of the study Sekar Kathiresan told the Journal. "It's like measuring somebody's cholesterol." The risk score can also be used as a preventative measure, particularly with America's obesity rate among adults approaching 40%. … [Read more...] about Study: Doctors Predict Weight, BMI, Obesity Using Genetic Score
Jonathan Garber, provided by Published 5:44 am PST, Thursday, February 28, 2019 Brendan McDermid/Reuters Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s $74 billion takeover of Celgene is in jeopardy after Bristol-Myers' second-largest shareholder turned against it. Wellington Management, which owns a 7.7% stake in Bristol-Myers, laid out three reasons it opposed the deal. The deal was questioned by investors and analysts since it was announced. Watch Bristol-Myers Squibb and Celgene trade live. The pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.'s $74 billion takeover of Celgene, the largest healthcare deal in history, is in jeopardy after Bristol-Myers' second-largest shareholder turned against the deal. Wellington Management, which has about $1 trillion in client money and a 7.7% stake in Bristol-Myers, said in a press release out Wednesday evening that it did not support the proposed merger for three reasons. "While Wellington agrees that Bristol-Myers should be active in business … [Read more...] about Bristol-Myers’ record-breaking $74 billion biotech deal is in jeopardy (BMY, CELG)
Excessively high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from nearly every major cause except transport accidents, new research says.The study, published Wednesday in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology and conducted by scientists at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, revealed that BMI that's either too high or too low is tied to increased morbidity from a range of major diseases.Krishnan Bhaskaran, lead author of the study and associate professor of statistical epidemiology, noted that his team found "important associations" between BMI and most causes of death."BMI is a key indicator of health. We know that BMI is linked to the risk of dying overall, but surprisingly little research has been conducted on the links to deaths from specific causes," he said."We have filled this knowledge gap to help researchers, patients and doctors better understand how underweight and excess weight might be associated with … [Read more...] about Excessively high or low BMI linked to increased risk of death, study reveals
Scientists at Scripps Research and collaborating corporate and academic partners have found a new way to use distinct molecular "signatures" from people with obesity to predict risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, an advance that could broaden the way doctors and scientists think about diagnosing and treating disease. The research, led by Amalio Telenti, MD, PhD, professor of genomics at Scripps Research and previously a scientific leader at Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), shows that predictors of future diabetes and cardiovascular disease for a person with obesity can be found among their body's metabolites, molecules that all of us produce as we live, breathe and eat. Using cutting edge technologies, the scientists were able to assess the relationship between disease risk and the "metabolome," a person's collection of hundreds of metabolites, identifying specific signatures that predicted higher risk, according to results published in Cell Metabolism. "By looking … [Read more...] about Researchers Look Beyond BMI to Predict Obesity-Related Disease Risk
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