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Heart Disease in Mummies


John Hawks’ write-up about a recent Lancet publication on the use of CT to evaluate atherosclerosis in the ancients is worth a read.

Mummies had significant heart disease, raising questions about the role of gene-environment mismatch in causing chronic diseases. Perhaps modern changes are not as important as we thought in the development of atherosclerosis these days.

Categories: Anthropology

Joe Alcock

Emergency Physician, Educator, Researcher, interested in the microbiome, evolution, and medicine

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