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Chinese arrhythmia in traditional medicine

May 04, 2018 – All natural is healthy. This is a common belief for many, particularly when shopping for alternative medicines and dietary supplements. For many, however, the contrary might be fatally true.

As a point in case, new research shows, that substances in Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) can cause severe cardiac arrhythmia. 

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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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Chocolate and the sweet taste receptor gene TAS1R2

January 31, 2018 – Chocolate and the sweet taste receptor gene TAS1R2 may make the life of some obese children and adolescents rather difficult in that genetic variations in TAS1R2 appear related to chocolate powder and dietary fiber intake in these young individuals.

This comes out of a study by a research team at the Faculty of Medicine,

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Ashkenazi Jewish Women: Little-known Gene Mutations May Boost Breast Cancer Risk

July 27, 2017 – Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent may be at risk for additional genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast cancer, according to a new study just published in JAMA Oncology. Researchers from University of Washington in Seattle found that around 4 percent of Ashkenazi Jewish women without well-known founder mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have other mutations that may increase their risk for breast cancer.

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Genetic Biomarker Tied to Suicide Risk in Schizophrenia

 July 18, 2017 – According to a new study just published in the Journal of  Psychiatric Research, a single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), rs300774, which previously had been identified as a marker for suicide in people with bipolar disorder (BD), also predicts suicide attempts in people with schizophrenia (SCZ) or schizoaffective disorder (SAD).

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Genetic Study Strengthens Causal Role of BMI in Heart Disease

July 07, 2017 – A new study analyzing genetic mutations predisposing to increased body-mass index (BMI) provides strong evidence that higher BMI plays a causal role in type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and coronary heart disease (CHD). The study results strongly suggest that BMI is causally related to increased risk of developing diabetes,

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Genetic background of insomnia: At least partially

June 20, 2017 – Insomnia is one of the most common complaint people have about their health. In contrast to common belief and often assumed by the affected sufferers, however, insomnia seems not to be just all in the patients head. A large genome wide association study (GWAS),

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Populations of African descent: New trait loci for hypertension

May 14, 2017 – Hypertension is a leading cause of global disease, mortality, and disability. Individuals of African descent suffer a disproportionate burden of hypertension and its complications. To date, there has been little information on the possible genetic background (i.e.,

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Is there a genetic predisposition for usage of social media?

May 03, 2017 – Is there a genetic predisposition for usage of social media? The answer may be a qualified YES. It’s easy to think in terms of linking genetics to behavior in simple ways. Are you calm or do you have a temper?

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Polygenic hazard scores in age-associated Alzheimer’s disease

March 23, 2017 – For sure across the United States, but by a fair assumption worldwide also, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia. There is a strong need for in vivo markers for AD risk stratification and cohort enrichment in therapeutic trials and eventually in the selection of treatment options for patients from the general at risk population.

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