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Epigenetics is how behavior and environment affect gene expression. Iryna Dobytchina/iStock via Getty Images Plus

ALS is only 50% genetic – identifying DNA regions affected by lifestyle and environmental risk factors could help pinpoint avenues for treatment

Genetic modifications to DNA regions involved in metabolism, cholesterol and immunity may play a role in ALS disease progression.
Patients who were overweight and obese had lower mortality rates following cardiac surgery than those with BMIs in the normal or underweight range. (Shutterstock)

The obesity paradox: Obese patients fare better than others after heart surgery

For patients recovering from heart surgery, being overweight or moderately obese appears to be an advantage over being underweight or even having a normal BMI.
Exercise training can improve your physical fitness incrementally in as little as two weeks, making it a viable option for people about to undergo a surgical procedure. (Shutterstock)

‘Prehabilitation’: Training your body for surgery may improve recovery, reduce complications

Physical training before surgery — like breathing exercises or running — boosts the odds of a good outcome. Patients with surgeries postponed during COVID-19 can use the delay for ‘prehabilitation.’
For women of reproductive age and Indigenous women, intimate partner violence is the single biggest health risk factor. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Study confirms intimate partner violence leading health risk factor for women

A study being launched today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety confirms the serious impacts of intimate partner violence.

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