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Research News for January 2003
The Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, WA, and colleagues have completely sequenced Chromosome 14 as part of the Human Genome Project. About 60 disease genes have been associated with chromosome 14, including one that predisposes to the early onset of Alzheimer's disease. Several types of leukemia and tumors have also been associated with rearrangement of specific regions of chromosome 14.
A panel of experts convened by the American Heart Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending limited use of the high sensitivity C-reactive protein test (hs-CRP) for assessing heart disease risk. The recommendation is published in an article in the January 2003 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. Increased concentrations of CRP may be associated with increased risk for coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and sudden death, according to a report from the AHA, however, the panel does not advise hs-CRP screening for the entire adult population, but recommends restricted use for evaluation of patients at moderate risk. The group reports that the results of hs-CRP tests should be expressed as milligrams per liter (mg/L), with concentrations of less than 1.0 mg/L defined as low risk; 1.0-3.0 mg/L as average risk; and concentrations higher than 3.0 mg/L defined as high risk.
Physicians at the Los Angeles County Health Department have detected a virulent strain of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus that causes bacterial skin infections. The staph is showing up for the first time in gay men and causes symptoms like abscesses and boils. The bacteria do not respond to oral antibiotics like penicillin or even Cipro, and some patients have had to be hospitalized and given powerful intravenous antibiotics.
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