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Sweet taste receptor gene TAS1R2 and chocolate powder

January 13, 2019 – Are genetic variations in the sweet taste receptor gene related to chocolate powder and dietary fiber intake in obese children and adolescents? This was the question in a recent study just published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine. On one hand,

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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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If you are obese, can you blame it on your genes?

February 13, 2017 – If you are obese (or plain out fat), can you blame it on your genes? Actually, in very many cases, the answer is a qualified yes. Or a maybe. Under certain circumstances. Researchers are moving towards a better understanding of some of the roots of obesity.

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Association of Psoriasis With the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Obesity

Lønnberg AS, Skov L, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Pedersen OB, Thomsen SF

JAMA Dermatol 2016 Apr;

PMID: 27120802

Abstract

Importance: Psoriasis has been shown to be associated with overweight and type 2 diabetes mellitus. The genetic association is unclear.

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The weight-management drug Liraglutide (Saxenda) has just been approved by the FDA

December 23, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Saxenda (liraglutide [rDNA origin] injection) as a treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.

The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as hypertension,

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Weight-management drug Contrave approved

September 13, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Contrave (naltrexone hydrochloride and bupropion hydrochloride extended-release tablets) as treatment option for chronic weight management in addition to a reduced-calorie diet and physical activity.

Body Mass Index 30The drug is approved for use in adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater (obesity) or adults with a BMI of 27 or greater (overweight) who have at least one weight-related condition such as high blood pressure (hypertension),

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  • Researchers identify new gene mutation in familial thyroid cancers November 20, 2019
    Researchers from Penn State College of Medicine identified a new gene mutation that may cause a type of familial thyroid cancer. Dr. Darrin Bann, an otolaryngology resident at the College of Medicine and lead author of the study, said that this mutation is the first and only mutation associated with familial thyroid cancer to be […]
  • Researchers develop new database of druggable fusion targets November 20, 2019
    When sections from two separate genes merge due to various factors, such as translocation or splicing, the hybrid that is formed is called a gene fusion. In recent years, it has been discovered that these fusion events play a vital role in the development of cancers and other complex diseases. However, there are very few […]
  • Early results of CRISPR gene-editing treatment shows promise in first human trials November 20, 2019
    Officials from Vertex Pharmaceuticals and CRISPR Therapeutics have announced that preliminary results from testing CRISPR gene-editing treatment in human patients with blood disorders show promise thus far. The joint project between the two firms is taking place at one location in Europe and another in the United States. The results have been posted on the […]
  • Whole-genome sequencing analysis to find more exact biomarkers November 20, 2019
    A new study from Uppsala University shows that whole-genome sequencing increases the precision of genetic studies, which in turn can improve our understanding of how to use biomarkers to discover disease. The results are published in the scientific journal Scientific Reports.
  • Complex organ models grown in the lab November 19, 2019
    Scientists at the University of Würzburg have successfully produced human tissues from stem cells. They have a complexity similar to that of normal tissue and are far superior to previous structures.
  • New study confirms American children and teens are consuming significantly less sugary drinks November 21, 2019
    According to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, the share of children and adolescents consuming sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and the calories they consume from SSBs declined significantly between 2003 and 2014.
  • New Alzheimer risk gene discovered November 21, 2019
    A new paper in the Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology finds a gene that may help explain a large part of the genetic risk for developing Alzheimer disease.
  • New type of e-cigarette vaping injury described in CMAJ November 21, 2019
    A research case report describing lung injury related to e-cigarette use in a 17-year-old Canadian may be the first documented case of a new form of damage from vaping products. The article, published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides new evidence on forms of lung injury that can result from vaping.
  • CUHK Faculty of Engineering develops novel imaging approach November 21, 2019
    By combining a compressive sensing algorithm with a digital holographic microscope, Prof. Shih-Chi CHEN of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his research team have developed a high-speed imaging method. The new approach is able to produce two-photon microscopy images of a 3D […]
  • Cybershoppers make better buying decisions on PCs than phones -- Ben-Gurion U. researchers November 21, 2019
    This is the first study that differentiates between screen size and information reduction, which are often mixed up. The findings will be presented next month at the International Conference on Information Systems, the top academic conference in the field.
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