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Friday, March 7, 2014

In the future, perhaps we can predict our own death

Scientists found four molecules that could provide clues to the death. Looking ahead, the death can be predicted with a simple blood test. Four molecules were discovered by a team of scientists from Estonia and Finland, led by Krista Fischer of the Estonian Genome Center of the University of Tartu.
Looking at levels of four particular biomarkers in blood could help predict a person's risk of dying over the course of five years. (Picture from: http://www.medicaldaily.com/)
The team initially analyzed hundreds of molecules in the blood of 9,842 people of Estonia and monitor health conditions. The 508 people whose blood was analyzed died 5 years later.

Scientists then tried to see the links between the molecules being analyzed to death within a short time after the analysis. They then found that the death was related to the four molecules, namely plasma albumin, alpha-1-acid glycoprotein, low density lipoprotein, and citrate.

Not the existence of the molecules that are directly related to the death, but the amount that is below or above the threshold. Plasma albumin, for example, normally present in the blood. However, the number of outside normal limits, the molecules could be a clue about the risk of death.

Once in Estionia, then study conducted back in Finland by taking sample of 7,503 people. Of a number of samples, 176 of whom died after 5 years of health monitoring. Researchers again found a link between the four molecules called death.

"What is interesting is that these biomarkers reflect the risk of dying/dead due to a variety of heart disease begins to cancer," said Johannes Kettunen from the University of Helsinki who also involved research.

"The molecules that apparently is a common sign of frailty in the body," he added as quoted Medical Daily, on Wednesday, March 2, 2014.

Researchers stated, do not take into account research whether people are healthy or have blood drawn obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and do not care about the age and drinking and smoking habits .. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MEDICAL DAILY]
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