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Heart disease prediction by traditional risk factors as good as with an exhaustive genetic test

February 20, 2020 – Traditional cardiovascular risk factors often assessed in an annual physical, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status, may at least be as valuable in predicting who will develop coronary heart disease (CHD) as a sophisticated genetic test that surveys millions of different points in DNA,

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Coffee Drinking, Genetic Variation, and Mortality

July 07, 2018 – A very recent paper by Loftfield E. et al., published online in JAMA Intern. Med. on July 02, looked at the association of coffee drinking with mortality by genetic variation in caffeine metabolism.

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Are Patients Ready?

March 31, 2018 – Are patients ready for direct-to-consumer genetic testing?  This was the very important and central question that came up in the article by Matt Smith on Medscape, published March 29, 2018.

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Placebo: A veritable treatment option

February 11, 2018 – Long after cancer treatment ends, many patients continue to deal with one particular symptom that refuses to go away: fatigue. In a new study, researchers have found that the power of placebos, even when fully disclosed to patients, might be harnessed to reduce fatigue in cancer survivors.

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Infidelity: Genetic Factors Link To Cheating

January 05, 2017 – Most don’t do it over the holiday season. Coming January however, they resume what they do and what in many cases is catastrophic for their relationships, marriages, children, and relatives as well: people cheat. At least for bed-hopping women, their infidel behaviour may, at least,

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Placebomics: Where placebo and genetics meet

December 01, 2017 – The placebome is a new game in town. That is where genetics and the placebo effect meet. The underlying discipline of study may well be “placebomics”, fitting genetics and the uniquely complex phenotype “Placebo Effect” into the -omics age of things.

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SEMA4D gene variant quadruples obesity risk in individuals of African descent

March 26, 2017 – There is ample evidence that the burden of obesity is not the same across ethnic groups. While diet and lifestyle play a large role in determining body weight, there is also a heritable component. Unfortunately,  most prior studies that have evaluated the role of genes in obesity have looked mostly at people of European or Asian descent,

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Some practical thoughts about suicide: Before jumping, you should consult your genes

January 21, 2017 –There are roughly one million suicides worldwide annually, corresponding to an estimated yearly mortality rate of 14.5 deaths per 100,000 people in the general population. In Europe, suicide represents the second leading cause of mortality in the 14–24 age groups. Suicide constitutes a multifactorial public health issue that involves numerous biological,

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The Apomediary [Patient Expert] and Personalized Medicine: A Commentary

June 22, 2014 – The individuum (i.e., patient) is the phenotype expert on her/his individualized form of proper disease she/he is suffering from. It is not her/his treating physician, it is not a regulatory person concerned with the safety and efficacy of the medication geared towards treating her/his condition,

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  • Newly discovered mutation could point to heart disease therapeutic target August 7, 2020
    New work led by Carnegie's Meredith Wilson and Steve Farber identifies a potential therapeutic target for clogged arteries and other health risks that stem from an excess of harmful fats in the bloodstream. Their findings are published by PLOS Genetics.
  • Genetic cause of congenital malformation discovered August 7, 2020
    Spontaneous mutations of a single gene are likely to cause serious developmental disorders of the excretory organs and genitalia. This is shown in an international study led by the University of Bonn and published in the journal Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. The researchers also owe their findings to an unusual model organism: the […]
  • Novel approach reduces SCA1 symptoms in animal model August 7, 2020
    Research has shown that a mutation in the ATAXIN-1 gene leads to accumulation of Ataxin-1 (ATXN1) protein in brain cells and is the root cause of a rare genetic neurodegenerative disease known as spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1). How healthy cells maintain a precise level of ATXN1 has remained a mystery, but now a study […]
  • Alport Syndrome: Research highlights link between genotype and treatment effectiveness August 7, 2020
    A large-scale analysis of the clinical characteristics of Alport syndrome in Japanese patients has revealed that the effectiveness of existing treatment with ACE inhibitors and/or angiotensin receptor blockers (RAS inhibitors) varies depending on the type of mutation in the syndrome's causal gene (COL4A5). RAS inhibitors are widely administered to patients with chronic kidney diseases as […]
  • Tasmanian devil research offers new insights for tackling cancer in humans August 6, 2020
    A rare, transmissible tumor has brought the iconic Tasmanian devil to the brink of extinction, but new research by scientists at Washington State University and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle indicates hope for the animals' survival and possibly new treatment for human cancers.
  • checkmate 743 shows that dual immunotherapy, nivolumab + ipilimumab August 8, 2020
    The combination of first-line nivolumab and ipilimumab demonstrated an improvement of overall survival for patients with unresectable malignant pleural mesothelioma compared to platinum-based chemotherapy, according to research presented today at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Virtual Presidential Symposium.
  • Phase 3 eXalt3 study shows significantly longer progression-free survival August 8, 2020
    Patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) carrying anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene alterations who received ensartinib experienced substantially longer progression-free survival than a matched group of patients who received crizotinib.
  • Addition of sintilimab to pemetrexed and platinum improved progression-free survival August 8, 2020
    The interim analysis of ORIENT-11, a phase III double-blind randomized trial has shown a nearly two-fold increase in progression-free survival with addition of sintilimab to chemotherapy in patients with advanced or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer without EGFR or ALK genomic aberrations, according to research data presented today at the International Association for the […]
  • Heart attack case rates, treatment approaches, outcomes during COVID-19 pandemic August 7, 2020
    The increases and decreases in patient volume and associated changes in treatment experienced by individuals presenting with acute heart attack (myocardial infarction) before and immediately after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic are examined in this observational study.
  • COVID recovery choices shape future climate August 7, 2020
    A new international study, led by the University of Leeds, warns that even with some lockdown measures staying in place to the end of 2021, without more structural interventions global temperatures will only be roughly 0.01°C lower than expected by 2030. However, the study estimates that including climate policy measures as part of an economic […]
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