Cardiology: Yemenites' Exodus

Heart-disease researchers in most Western countries would love to have plunked down in their midst a large number of people who have not been previously exposed to the rich and fatty diets characteristic of most developed nations. Investigators in Israel received just such a bonanza 20 years ago, when 48,000 Jews immigrated from Yemen, where they had been isolated for 2,500 years. They gave Vienna-born Dr. Daniel Brunner of Tel Aviv University what he considered a heaven-sent opportunity to compare the effects of different diets and ways of life on the heart...

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