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20,000 healthy people from across Catalonia participate in a macro research project to better understand the risk factors for the most common diseases

The Genomes for Life Project (GCAT) in collaboration with the Blood and Tissue Bank (BST) has collected genetic, health and lifestyle information from 20,000 people in the Catalan area.  This April the first phase, the collection of samples and data, has closed and the second follow-up phase has got underway, this will continue for at least 20 years.  With all the data collected, the GCAT Project will be able to evaluate the role of genetic and epidemiological factors in the development of the main chronic diseases in Catalonia. 

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A lack of iodine in the diet could threaten brain development in children

Scientists warn that a widespread lack of iodine threatens brain development in children.   Iodine insufficiency is one of easiest public health problems to solve, even though it affects so many people worldwide.  According to experts, the key to preventing iodine insufficiency is consumption of adequate amounts in a sustained and continued way.  The " Krakow Declaration on Iodine" created by the EUthyroid Project calls on those responsible for European policy to support measures to eliminate iodine insufficiency.

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Two new papers describe more about the relationship between cancer cells and the immune system

The Innate Immunity Group, led by Maria Rosa Sarrias has published two papers on their work on how cancer cells subtly retrain the body's immune system and subvert its natural defences.  In this case the group has worked on liver cancer, in conjunction with the Childhood Liver Cancer Group (C-Log), Marga Sala (Hepatology Unit, Department of Gastroenterology, Germans Trias Hospital) and doctors from a large number of hospitals, but they believe the mechanism may be important for the prognosis of many different cancers.

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Telomere shortening is not a factor in the progression of cardiac insufficiency

Researchers from the Heart Disease Research Group at the Germans Trias I Pujol Research Institute (IGTP) and researchers from the Spanish Biomedical Research Network for Cardiovascular Disease (CIBERCV) have analysed  the degree of shortening of telomeres and its correlation with  progression of cardiac insufficiency (CI) over a year. The results published in Journal of Translational Medicine indicate that telomere shortening in monocytes is probably not a biomarker for the progression of CI