FROM Sekar Kathiresan
The Heart Disease Gene Heart disease is America’s number one killer, and there hasn’t been a major new drug to fight it since statins came on the scene in the 1980’s. Now, researchers say, a single genetic mutation may lead the way to the next step forward. 720,000 Americans have suffered heart attacks. But, in the future, they might be prevented if drugs are developed to mimic the mutation of a single gene. That’s according to today’s New England Journal of Medicine , which reports on research conducted by Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, Director of Preventive Cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate member of the Broad Institute.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.