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Is laziness a personal choice or a genetic trait?

November 02, 2019 – Is laziness a choice or genetic trait? At the age where genetics seems to explain everything, it is certainly interessant to learn that a seemingly personal choice such as laziness as such may loom somewhere in your genetic outfit. Perhaps, you can not escape your laziness behaviour,

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After an over the counter genetic test: Would you make serious health decisions?

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Hidden secrets in African genomes revealed by large scale sequencing

October 20, 2019 – Sequencing African genomes yields new data resource with broad applicability. By collaborating globally in a new, large-scale effort, researchers have made strong progress in sequencing genomes from regions and countries across Africa. These findings will enable more broadly representative and relevant studies ranging from basic through clinical genetics.

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Clinical evidence and implementation challenges for pharmacogenomic testing

September 18, 2019 – This post is an edited version of parts of a paper that appeared in the Journal of Personalised Medicine (JPM) a week ago und which addresses one of the important topics in connection with the themes of personalised medicine,

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Variables of prospective response rates of PD-1/PD-L1 based therapies across cancers

August 28, 2019 – Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy. The therapy targets immune checkpoints, key regulators of the immune system that when stimulated can dampen the immune response to an immunologic stimulus.

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Onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma): Approval strategy with manipulated data?

August 13, 2019 – Onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma) is an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients less than 2 years of age with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with bi-allelic mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene.

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Cystic fibrosis: CFTR-gene editing may cure this genetic disease

August 13, 2019 – A very significant research article by the title “Allele specific repair of splicing mutations in cystic fibrosis through AsCas12a genome editing” has just appeared in the open access Journal Nature Communications. This work provide hope to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) that in the nearer future CF may be curable,

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ZRANB3 in African Populations: New Type 2 Diabetes risk locus identified

August 03, 2019 – Africa is considered the original cradle of all humanity, to which all humans can trace their genetic origin. This may be very interesting in the context of diseases that are due to genetic predispositions both in todays African populations and in all the populations descendant of African origin worldwide.

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Risk loci for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

August 01, 2019 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts,

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Genetic aspects of globesity: Glocalized or not?

June 25, 2019 – The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity (obviously derived from global obesity).  Very interesting questions arise in this context such as are there glocalized (global and or local) factors involved in this epidemic.

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  • Child care centers rarely require flu vaccination for children or their caregivers December 12, 2019
    Influenza can be especially dangerous for children, who are at greater risk for serious complications from the illness, including hospitalization and even death. Yet child care centers in the US rarely require children or the adults who care for them to be vaccinated against flu, according to a new study published in the Journal of […]
  • Antiarrhythmic drug identified as potential treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension December 12, 2019
    High blood pressure in the lungs, known as pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is a potentially fatal disease caused by obstruction of blood flow in the lungs. A new study in The American Journal of Pathology, published by Elsevier, sheds light on the pathology underlying PAH and shows that dofetilide, an FDA-approved KV11.1 channel blocker for […]
  • Nurses sleep less before a scheduled shift, hindering patient care and safety December 12, 2019
    Nurses sleep nearly an hour and a half less before work days compared to days off, which hurts patient care and safety, finds a new study by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. The findings are published in Sleep Health, the journal of the National Sleep Foundation.
  • Veterans study suggest two sub-types of Gulf War illness December 12, 2019
    Brain imaging of veterans with Gulf War illness show varying abnormalities after moderate exercise that can be categorized into two distinct groups -- an outcome that suggests a more complex illness that previously thought.
  • Baby's first breath: A new method for helping preemies to breathe December 12, 2019
    Two new studies in Frontiers in Pediatrics demonstrate that giving premature babies 100% oxygen via face-mask immediately after birth can jump start independent breathing and minimize the amount of ventilation assistance these babies will need.
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