Welcome to our latest weekly summary of research news from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia! This has been a full week, including multiple studies of genetic influences on weight in childhood, a useful autism research explainer, findings on long-term impacts of congenital heart disease, and a neurological phenomenon with a literary namesake.
The United States has a weight problem: according to the CDC, more than one-third of American adults are obese. Moreover, as of 2010 one-third of children were either overweight or obese, with the rates of obesity doubling in children and tripling in adolescents in the past thirty years.
Genes provide tremendous information about how our bodies work and our possible predisposition for a variety of diseases and conditions. Researchers are working to discern what specific genes and gene regions play a role in disease. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia played a major role in a recent international genetics study that found four new gene regions that contribute to low