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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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  • Citizen science and paddle surf to study microplastic pollution in Barcelona's coastline February 27, 2020
    A team of the University of Barcelona has studied for the first time the presence of microplastics in the coasts of Barcelona, with the collaboration of the citizens gathering scientific samples. The study, published in the journal Science of Total Environment, is a pioneer citizen science study worldwide, since it analyses a hard-access area for […]
  • Celiac disease might be cured by restoring immune tolerance to gliadin February 27, 2020
    Celiac disease affects 0.3-2.4% of people in most countries world-wide, and approx. 2% in Finland. Celiac patients suffer from a variety of symptoms, typically intestinal complaints, such as diarrhea, but are often symptom-free. Immunologist Tobias Freitag co-developed and tested nanoparticles containing gliadin for the immunomodulatory treatment of celiac disease in Professor Seppo Meri's research group […]
  • Abnormal growth of bacterial cells could be linked to anti-microbial resistance February 27, 2020
    Scientists from the University of Surrey have identified mutations in a gene in an Escherichia coli (E.coli) model that could help explain a form of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) known as 'persistence'.
  • Study unravels how our immune system deals with fungal and viral infections February 27, 2020
    The body's immune response to fungal infections changes when a patient is also infected by a virus, according to new research which investigated the two types of infection together for the first time.
  • How the brain separates words from song February 27, 2020
    The perception of speech and music -- two of the most uniquely human uses of sound -- is enabled by specialized neural systems in different brain hemispheres adapted to respond differently to specific features in the acoustic structure of the song, a new study reports.
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