Archive - Jan 12, 2012

Archive - Jan 12, 2012

Genetic SCA Screening Test on the Horizon

CAMBRIDGE, MA-- GnuBIO, Inc., a pioneer in scalable desktop DNA sequencing and the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) have announced today that they will complete the development of a genetic panel in order to screen patients to determine the risk for sudden cardiac death, SCD. The MHI will work with GnuBIO to develop and validate a proprietary set of clinically relevant SCD genes in its collection of SCD patients using GnuBIO's scalable desktop DNA sequencing system. The result will be a clinically validated test the can be used to assess the risk of SCD in susceptible patients on a sequencing platform that will significantly reduce the time from patient to result. Financial details and royalties were not disclosed.

SCA Risk During Marathons Low, But Rising

Risk Higher for Men, College Athletes

The risk of cardiac arrest during a marathon or half-marathon is low, but has increased over the past decade, according to a U.S. study of nearly 11 million race entries.

Men face a greater risk than women, and full marathons are more dangerous than half marathons, with enlarged hearts and blocked arteries pegged as the biggest causes, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The results suggest that runners and their doctors need to realize that heart disease can take its toll even on runners who otherwise seem to be the picture of health, said co-author Aaron Baggish of Massachusetts General Hospital.

"Being a runner is one of the best ways to stay healthy and reduce your risk of disease. But it's not 100 percent protective," Baggish told Reuters Health.

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