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Saturday, January 18, 2014

1/18/14 Health News: Man Suing Grocery Over Tainted Beef Death - New Genetic Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetics - Embryonic Stem Cell Rejection Fixed

Edmonton man suing grocery chain over tainted-beef death

An Edmonton-area man has launched a $480,000 lawsuit against Save-On-Foods after alleging his wife died as a result of eating E. Coli-tainted beef bought there.According to a statement of claim filed in Court of Queen’s Bench on Jan. 8, Nancy Yauk became “extremely ill” with E. Coli on Oct. 2, 2012, after consuming beef products purchased from Save-On-Foods and died.Continue reading

A Surprising Genetic Risk Factor for Type 2 Diabetes is Discovered
All environmental factors being equal, Mexican Americans and other Latinos are at nearly twice the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than any other ethnic group. Now, an international research group known as the SIGMA (Slim Initiative in Genomic Medicine for the Americas) Type 2 Diabetes Consortium, may be a step closer to understanding why.  In the largest ever genetic study of its kind conducted a DNA analysis of more than 8,000 residents of Mexico and people who lived in Latin America and discovered a gene variant that highly correlates to developing the disease. People who carry one copy of the variant of this gene, named SLC16A11, have a 25 percent greater risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, while those who inherit the gene variant from both parents -- meaning they have two copies of it -- have a correlating 50 percent risk of developing the disease..Continue Reading

Embryonic Stem Cell Rejection Problem Fixed, Study Says
One of the toughest problems facing embryonic stem cell therapy, immune rejection of transplanted cells, may have been solved, according to a UC San Diego-led research team. The cells can be made invisible to the immune system by genetically engineering them to make two immune-suppressing molecules..Continue Reading

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