Dec 5 2012

Genes Linked to Low Birth Weight, Diabetes Risk

Low birth weight, Diabetes riskGenes provide tremendous information about how our bodies work and our possible predisposition for a variety of diseases and conditions. Researchers are working to discern what specific genes and gene regions play a role in disease.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia played a major role in a recent international genetics study that found four new gene regions that contribute to low birth weight. In particular, the investigators found that three of those regions influence metabolism in adults and may play a role in adult height, the risk of type 2 diabetes, and adult blood pressure.

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Dec 4 2012

Welcome to Cornerstone!

Welcome to Cornerstone, the new blog of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute. We’re really excited to be launching this blog, where we’ll regularly be sharing news, interviews with CHOP investigators, and other commentary related to pediatric health.

The word research comes from the Old French word recercher, which means “to seek out, search closely,” and that’s just what CHOP’s researchers do every day: they seek out knowledge by looking closely at things, in the process helping us better understand the world around us. And research is the cornerstone of medical progress: without it, we wouldn’t have new treatments or medicines.

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