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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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  • Scientists identify gene linked to thinness that may help resist weight gain May 21, 2020
    While others may be dieting and hitting the gym hard to stay in shape, some people stay slim effortlessly no matter what they eat. In a study publishing May 21 in the journal Cell, researchers use a genetic database of more than 47,000 people in Estonia to identify a gene linked to thinness that may […]
  • Tracking the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia using genomics May 21, 2020
    Using genome sequencing to identify genetic mutations in SARS-CoV-2 cases in Victoria, researchers have identified clusters and transmission networks which has helped limit the spread of the virus, painting an important picture of transmission in Victoria.
  • COVID-19 study looks at genetics of healthy people who develop severe illness May 21, 2020
    To help unravel the mysteries of COVID-19, scientists are sequencing the DNA of young, healthy adults and children who develop severe illness despite having no underlying medical problems. The researchers are looking for genetic defects that could put certain individuals at high risk of becoming severely ill from the novel coronavirus.
  • Scientists discover more than 200 genetic factors that cause heart arrhythmia May 21, 2020
    Hundreds of new links have been found between people's DNA and the heart's electrical activity, according to a study of almost 300,000 people led by researchers at Queen Mary University of London and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
  • Weight loss surgery may alter gene expression in fat tissue May 21, 2020
    Altered gene expression in fat tissue may help explain why individuals who have regained weight after weight loss surgery still experience benefits such as metabolic improvements and a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
  • New studies reveal extent and risks of laughing gas & stimulant abuse among young people May 23, 2020
    In one study, researchers from Turkey reported increasing stimulant use among medical students approaching their final exams, despite the substantial risks to their health. In the second study, researchers from the Netherlands detailed the neurological outcomes associated with recreational use of laughing gas (nitrous oxide), suggesting that, for some individuals, permanent neurological damage can occur.
  • Sleep-wake disturbances can predict recurrent events in stroke survivors May 23, 2020
    The study, conducted in Switzerland, found that having multiple sleep-wake disturbances such as sleep-disordered breathing, extreme long or short sleep duration, insomnia and restless leg syndrome independently and significantly increased the risk of a new cardio-cerebrovascular event in the two years following a stroke.
  • Does MRI have an environmental impact? May 23, 2020
    Researchers from Tokyo Metropolitan University have surveyed the amount of gadolinium found in river water in Tokyo. Gadolinium is contained in contrast agents given to patients undergoing medical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and it has been shown in labs to become toxic when exposed to ultraviolet rays. The researchers found significantly elevated levels, particularly […]
  • New native grass species have been discovered on the Iberian Peninsula and Menorca May 22, 2020
    The new species belong to the genus Aira, delicate herbaceous plants, which enjoy their greatest diversity in the Mediterranean Region. One of them, Aira minoricensis is a native species of the siliceous sands of Menorca. The other new species is called Aira hercynica and is widely found in the area of the Iberia Peninsula which […]
  • Combinatorial screening approach opens path to better-quality joint cartilage May 22, 2020
    High-throughput platform identifies complex conditions with biomaterial compositions, and mechanical and chemical stimuli that help stem cells produce more robust cartilage.
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