TYpe 1 Diabetes Key Gene Identified / Bihag Ng Bangungot

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Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly destroys cells of the pancreas that produce insulin, a hormone that helps the body use glucose properly. It is usually diagnosed in childhood or early adulthood, and there is no cure. While Type 2 diabetes is a more common disease in which the body becomes resistant to the action of insulin or the body produces inadequate amounts of insulin to maintain normal blood sugar level.

The researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and McGill University in Montreal said the new gene appears to be active almost exclusively in the body’s immune cells.

Writing on Sunday in the journal Nature, the researchers said they scanned the genomes of about 6,000 people, half of whom had type 1 diabetes, also called juvenile diabetes.

They confirmed the role of four genes previously implicated in raising risk for the disease, and identified a fifth gene, called KIAA0350, that they believe plays the biggest part of any of them in type 1 diabetes susceptibility.

There are two versions of the gene, Hakonarson said. People with one version experience a 50 percent increase in risk for type 1 diabetes, while those with the other version (Type 2) are protected from the disease.

Knowledge of the genetics of the disease also could lead to new treatments.

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Bihag ng Bangungot

Akala ko ba ang bangungot dala
Ng sobrang tsibug bago matulog.

Ba’t ang bayan nating nakatulog
Pagbabanat ng buto, halos walang laman
Sa tiyan, binabangungot?

Akala ko ba’y ito’y samantala lamang.
Kung di ka magising kaagad,
Agad kang mamamatay.

Eh, bakit ‘tong bayan nating kay tagal
Nang binabangungot, ‘di nga namamatay

‘Di rin naman nagigising?

by conrad virina

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