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Growth curve analyses of Finnish population shed light on the genetic regulation of growth in height
Researchers at the University of Helsinki, Finland, have shown that a gene called LIN28B strongly influences height growth from birth to adulthood in a complex and sex-specific manner. (2010-04-15)

Physical attraction linked to genes that control height, study finds
Our choice of romantic partner can be determined by genetics more than we might expect, a study from the University of Edinburgh suggests. Researchers have discovered that the genes that determine our height also influence why people are attracted to partners of similar heights to themselves. (2016-01-19)

Greater height associated with increased risk of prostate cancer over age 50
Greater height appeared to be positively associated with subsequent risk of prostate cancer in men over age 50, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in San Diego. (2003-02-21)

Can a child's final adult height actually be predicted?
Children pass through growth phases at various points during adolescence before reaching final adult height. Some children begin their growth phases early on while others are (2005-10-19)

Height loss in postmenopausal women may indicate spinal fracture
Loss of height in postmenopausal women may indicate a vertebral fracture, states an article in CMAJ. (2010-03-22)

Study: Impact of genetics on human height is not increasing
The relative impact of genetics on height does not increase with improvements to the standard of living. These are the findings of an international research group which analysed the impact of genetic and environmental factors on adult height over a span of more than a century. The research material comprised 40 twin cohorts, including more than 143,000 twin pairs from 20 countries. (2017-01-27)

Short boys more likely to be kept back a year at school
Short boys are more likely to repeat a year at school, indicates research in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. Birthweight and parental education, which are often associated with differences in children's stature, did not influence the findings. The study authors conclude that societal attitudes towards short children may have influenced teachers' decisions. (2000-03-28)

Link between height and cancer
Cancer risk has been found to increase with height in both Swedish men and women, according to research presented today at the 54th Annual European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology Meeting. This long-term study is the largest carried out on the association between height and cancer in both genders. (2015-10-01)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine researcher among global team investigating genetics of height
A seemingly simple inherited trait -- height -- springs from hundreds of genetic causes, according to an international team of scientists. The study identified hundreds of gene variants in at least 180 locations that influence adult height. (2010-09-29)

Right counter height can improve fingerprint capture
Once a tool primarily used by law enforcement, biometric technologies such as fingerprint readers increasingly are being used by governments and private industry for a personal ID that can't easily be forged or stolen. NIST researchers have studied the effect of the work surface height of a fingerprint sensor on the quality and the time required to collect prints. (2007-01-19)

Predicting human body height from DNA
Predicting adult body height from genetic data is helpful in several areas such as pediatric endocrinology and forensic investigations. However, despite large international efforts to catalog the genes that influence the stature of humans, knowledge on genetic determinants of adult body height is still incomplete. Now DNA-based prediction of taller-than-average body height is feasible, as reported by researchers from the Netherlands and Sweden in an article published in Springer's journal Human Genetics. (2013-11-20)

Height affects how people perceive their quality of life
Your height in adult life significantly affects your quality of life, with short people reporting worse physical and mental health than people of normal height. This large, peer-reviewed study, which appears in Clinical Endocrinology, shows that adult height is linked to how good a person thinks their health is. Short people judge their state of health to be significantly lower than their normal-height peers do. (2007-10-17)

Self-reported BMI bias estimates increasing due to weight bias, not weight loss
The gap between obesity levels measured by self-reported height and weight and obesity recorded by measured height and weight is increasing. This is due to an increasing bias in self-reported weight, according to research published Jan. 23 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Frances Shiely and colleagues from University College of Cork, Ireland. (2013-01-23)

Short legs associated with precursor of diabetes and heart disease
Short-legged men have an increased risk of heart disease and a condition that leads to diabetes, insulin resistance syndrome, shows research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2001-11-12)

Temperature found to be most significant driver of the world's tallest trees
Understanding forest biodiversity and how carbon dioxide is stored within trees is an important area of ecological research. The bigger the tree, the more carbon it stores and a study in New Phytologist explores global variance in tree height, identifying temperature as the most important factor behind the tallest species. (2014-01-07)

Envisat keeping an eye on the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
The development of the ash plume from Iceland's Eyjafjallajoekull volcano between April 17 and 20 is tracked in this series of Envisat images. (2010-04-22)

Tall and slim: They go together, genetic study shows
University of Queensland scientists have found a genetic basis for height and body mass differences between European populations. (2015-09-14)

Brain size mediates the association between height and cognitive ability
Several studies have found that height and general cognitive ability, or intelligence, are positively associated. A recent study reveals a biological factor underlying this relationship: the size of the cerebral cortex. (2018-05-13)

Doctors develop new measures for bone disease
As we age we can expect to shrink an average of three to four centimeters. Such loss is normal due to shrinkage of the disks within the spine. However, researchers at the University of Alberta have developed a guide to help doctors determine when height loss is a normal part of aging, and when it is likely due to something else -- usually osteoporosis. (2006-02-17)

Genetic link between being tall and being slim, study shows
If you're tall, you're also more likely to be slim, new genetic research has revealed. (2015-09-21)

Mothers see their youngest as shorter than they are
Many parents say when their second child is born that their first child suddenly appears to have grown overnight. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on Dec. 16 have an explanation: until the birth of the new child, those parents were subject to a (2013-12-16)

Slow growth in infancy signals poor economic prospects in adulthood
Slow growth in the year after birth seems to signal poor economic prospects as an adult, suggests a study of 50 year old men in Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2005-02-20)

Height might give clue to cancer risk
Taller people are at increased risk of a wide range of cancers, according to an article published online first in the Lancet Oncology. In women the risk of cancer rises by about 16 percent for every 10cm (4 inches) increase in height. Previous studies have shown a link between height and cancer risk, but this research extends the findings to more cancers and for women with differing lifestyles and economic backgrounds. (2011-07-20)

Correlation between height and risk of thrombosis
In a new study from Lund University in Sweden, researchers investigated the risk factors for blood clots, i.e. venous thromboembolism (VTE). The results show a strong correlation between height and VTE risk for both women and men. The risk increases with height. (2017-09-11)

Large-scale analysis identifies new genetic alterations associated with height
The research identifies uncommon and previously unknown variants associated with height and might provide insight into the genetic architecture of other complex traits. (2010-12-30)

Understanding the genetics of human height
A large-scale international study involving more than 300 researchers, published today in Nature, heralds the discovery of 83 genetic variations controlling human height. To discover the 83 genetic variations, the research team measured the presence of 250,000 genetic variations in the study's 700,000 participants -- an enormous job. This study paves the way for precision medicine. (2017-02-01)

Height loss in older men associated with increased risk of heart disease, death
Men who lose three centimeters or more of height as they age have an increased risk of death and of coronary heart diseases events, according to a report in the December 11/25 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2006-12-11)

Short teenage boys earn less than tall teenage boys when they each grow up
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that a boy's height at age 16 is a significant determinant of his salary as an adult. For white males, the effect of adult height in the labor market is irrelevant when adolescent height is taken into account. Decades later, the taller teen is likely to earn as much as 15 percent more than his shorter peers. (2002-04-18)

U of M researchers find ceiling height can affect how a person thinks, feels and acts
For years contractors, real estate agents and event planners have said that whether building, buying or planning an event, a higher or vaulted ceiling is always better. Are they right? Until now there has been no real evidence that ceiling height has any influence or advantage with consumers. But recent research by Joan Meyers-Levy, a professor of marketing at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management, suggests that the way people think and act is affected by ceiling height. (2007-04-24)

Self-organization of sandpile models
Dutch mathematician Anne Fey has investigated probability calculations in mathematical sandpile models. Although the rules of the model are simple, the wide-ranging behavior that emerges from these is fascinating. Fey's research concerned various forms of self-organization in these models. Practical applications are, for example, movements in the Earth's crust, stock market fluctuations and the formation of traffic jams. (2008-03-31)

Powerful people feel taller than they are
After the huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman of BP referred to the victims of the spill as the (2012-01-23)

Is short stature associated with a 'shortage' of genes?
New research sifts through the entire genome of thousands of human subjects to look for genetic variation associated with height. The results of the study, published by Cell Press in the December issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, suggest that uncommon genetic deletions are associated with short stature. (2011-11-23)

Study finds association between father's pre-conception vitamin D intake and child height and weight at 5 years old
New research presented at this year's European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Porto, Portugal (May 17-20) shows that a father's vitamin D intake pre-conception is associated with his child's height and weight at five years old. (2017-05-18)

Poor lung function in shorter people linked to increased risk of heart disease
Results from a study led by researchers from Queen Mary University of London has found that an association between shorter stature and higher risk of heart disease is mainly attributed to our lungs. (2019-03-29)

Study: Strenuous exercise in adolescence may ward off height loss later in life
A new study has identified several key factors in postmenopausal women that are associated with height loss, a common occurrence in this age group that is known to increase the risk for death and disease. (2018-05-23)

Regulating poinsettia's height
A study determined whether a range of plant height can be achieved using controlled water deficit, and investigated possible adverse effects of WD on ornamental qualities of poinsettia. Results showed that controlled water deficit can be an effective method of height control, but that it may also decrease bract size. (2015-04-06)

Scientists stack up new genes for height
An international team of researchers, including a number from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and public health, have discovered hundreds of genes that influence human height. (2010-09-29)

Hispanic and young children with kidney disease likely to be short
Children with chronic kidney disease who are very young and Hispanic have a greater chance of being shorter than other youngsters. (2006-08-22)

New data reveals that the average height of European males has grown by 11cm in just over a century
The average height of European males increased by an unprecedented 11cm between the mid-nineteenth century and 1980, according to a new paper published online in the journal Oxford Economic Papers. Contrary to expectations, the study also reveals that average height actually accelerated in the period spanning the two World Wars and the Great Depression. (2013-09-01)

The secret behind maximum plant height: water!
Ecologists from the South China Botanical Garden (SCBG) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences concluded that such coordination plays an important role in determining global sorting of plant species, and can be useful in predicting future species distribution under climate change scenarios. (2019-03-05)

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