Inherited DNA differences might explain why.

ABCA3 gene connected with respiratory distress syndrome in babies Some infants are more vunerable to life-threatening difficulty in breathing after birth potentially, and rare, inherited DNA differences might explain why, according to analyze at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The study is the 1st to identify a single gene – ABCA3 – that is associated with a significant number of cases of respiratory distress syndrome in babies born at or near full term . RDS may be the most common respiratory issue in newborns and the most common lung-related cause of loss of life and disease among U.S. Infants less than a year old. Their findings will be released in the December 2012 problem of Pediatrics and are available online.

The entire statement appears at: ‘CT scans are important, life-saving techniques that play a critical role in saving the entire lives of thousands of people every day,’ says Dr. John M. Boone, chairman of AAPM’s technology council and vice chairman of radiology at the University of California, Davis INFIRMARY. Some 70 million CT scans are performed every year in the usa, he adds, & most are medically essential for diagnosing illnesses and assessing how people react to treatment. One concern that the AAPM statement addresses is an alert that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released after 206 people undergoing medical diagnosis and treatment of stroke were exposed to high doses of radiation at one medical center in Southern California.