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16 Nov
A Woman May Have Rid Herself Naturally of HIV -- But How?

A Woman May Have Rid Herself Naturally of HIV -- But How?

Researchers have identified a second HIV-positive person whose body might have naturally cleared the infection -- sparking hope that studying such exceedingly rare events will help lead to a cure.

The researchers cautioned that they cannot prove the woman has fully eradi...

08 Nov
Blood Test Looks at Patients' Whole Genome to Spot Rare Inherited Diseases

Blood Test Looks at Patients' Whole Genome to Spot Rare Inherited Diseases

Whole genome sequencing of blood samples improves detection of rare genetic conditions called mitochondrial disorders, British researchers report.

These disorders are inherited and affect about 1 in 4,300 people, causing progressive, incurable diseases.

Though they...

03 Nov
Insomnia Tied to Raised Risk of Aneurysm

Insomnia Tied to Raised Risk of Aneurysm

Researchers may have unearthed a surprising risk factor for often-fatal brain bleeds: Sleepless nights.

In a study of about 70,000 adults, researchers found that people with a genetic predisposition to insomnia were at somewhat higher risk of a brain aneurysm. An aneurys...

28 Oct
Bald Truth: Mouse Study May Get at Roots of Hair Loss

Bald Truth: Mouse Study May Get at Roots of Hair Loss

New research in mice may provide clues to age-related hair loss in men and women.

Scientists found that as hair stem cells in mice age, they lose the stickiness that keeps them secured inside the hair follicle. This allows the stem cells to drift away from the follicle.<...

30 Sep
AI Model Predicts Which Animal Viruses Are Likely to Jump to Humans

AI Model Predicts Which Animal Viruses Are Likely to Jump to Humans

Artificial intelligence (AI) might be able to spot the next virus to jump from animals to humans, Scottish researchers report.

Identifying diseases before they become a threat to humans is challenging, because only a few of the nearly 2 million animal viruses can infect ...

23 Sep
Could Your Genes Be to Blame for Your Kid's Aversion to Broccoli?

Could Your Genes Be to Blame for Your Kid's Aversion to Broccoli?

Parents and their children often share numerous traits -- including a dislike for broccoli and other veggies in the same family.

Noxious enzymes from bacteria in saliva may be the reason why, a new study suggests.

Levels of these compounds are similar in paren...

17 Sep
Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Could Cholesterol Help Drive Alzheimer's Disease?

Cholesterol made in the brain may spur development of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Cholesterol made by cells called astrocytes is needed for controlling production of amyloid beta, a sticky protein that builds up in the brain and accumulates into the plaque...

16 Sep
Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Do Your Genes Up Your Odds for Alcoholism? One Factor Cuts the Risk

Even when genetics and personality are working against you, having a strong network of supportive friends and family may help lower alcoholism risk, researchers say.

"Genes play an important role in alcohol use," stressed Jinni Su, an assistant professor of psychology at...

14 Sep
Multigenerational Study Finds Links Between ADHD, Dementia Risk

Multigenerational Study Finds Links Between ADHD, Dementia Risk

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to be somehow linked to risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new multigenerational study has found.

Parents and grandparents of people with ADHD have a higher risk of Alzheimer's and dementia than people with...

14 Sep
Fur Find: Genes Uncovered Behind Cats' Spots & Stripes

Fur Find: Genes Uncovered Behind Cats' Spots & Stripes

Your favorite tabby cat may seem to have little similarity to her relatives in the wild, but all share a key gene that gives them their distinctive look.

Why cats' coats are decorated with stripes, spots and blotches has long been a mystery. Now, researchers have identif...

11 Sep
Child Cancers Are Rare, But Here Are Signs to Look For

Child Cancers Are Rare, But Here Are Signs to Look For

Most parents want their children to live carefree lives, so a diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating. Fortunately, pediatric cancers are rare.

Yet it doesn't hurt to be watchful for the warning signs, suggest experts in childhood cancer from Penn State Health....

06 Sep
Insights Into Genes Driving Epilepsy Could Help With Treatment

Insights Into Genes Driving Epilepsy Could Help With Treatment

Danish researchers have found genetic causes for epilepsy in half of children they studied and said half of those could be treated with targeted therapies.

That's the upshot of genetic testing of 290 children born between 2006 and 2011. Some had been diagnosed with epile...

03 Sep
New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

New 'Mu' Coronavirus Variant Being Watched Closely: Fauci

A new coronavirus variant called Mu that may be able to evade existing antibodies, including those from vaccines, is under close watch by U.S. health officials.

The variant hasn't taken extensive hold in the United States at this point, but the U.S. National Institute of...

12 Aug
Blood Test Spots Biological Markers for Schizophrenia

Blood Test Spots Biological Markers for Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease that can make navigating daily life a massive challenge, but a new blood test could flag it in its early stages, researchers say.

Their analysis of blood samples identified epigenetic markers -- part of your DNA -- that differ betw...

05 Aug
CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Rids Woman of Tough-to-Treat Lupus

CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Rids Woman of Tough-to-Treat Lupus

In a first, researchers have used genetically tweaked immune system cells to send a woman's severe lupus into remission.

The treatment -- called CAR T-cell therapy -- is already approved in the United States for fighting certain cases of blood cancer. It involves removin...

29 Jul
Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Cats Might Be Purrfect Model for Human Genetics Research

Dogs may be man's best friend, but cats may hold critical keys to humans' health.

Our feline friends have the potential to become a valuable model for genetic research, because their genome is similar to that of people, according to Leslie Lyons of the Feline Genetics La...

26 Jul
Daylight Saving Time Change Toughest on Night Owls

Daylight Saving Time Change Toughest on Night Owls

If you struggle with the spring time change, your genes may be to blame, researchers report.

They found that people whose genes make them more likely to be early birds adapt to the time change in a few days, while night owls could take more than a week to return to their...

19 Jul
Geneticists Probe Origins of Painful Cluster Headaches

Geneticists Probe Origins of Painful Cluster Headaches

The causes of a type of excruciating headache known as cluster headaches aren't clear, but heredity is known to play a role. Now, genetic factors associated with cluster headaches are under investigation as scientists search for more effective treatments.

16 Jul
A Better Test to Help Spot Glaucoma?

A Better Test to Help Spot Glaucoma?

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss in older people, and early detection can bring better treatment. Now, researchers in Australia say their experimental genetic test for glaucoma can identify 15 times more people at high risk for the disease compared to a current gene...

12 Jul
WHO Calls for Global Registry of Human Genome Editing

WHO Calls for Global Registry of Human Genome Editing

New recommendations on human genome editing issued by the World Health Organization include a call for a global registry to track "any form of genetic manipulation" and a whistle-blowing process for unethical or unsafe research.

The WHO first commissioned the expert advi...

09 Jul
Global Consortium Finds Genes That Drive Severe COVID-19

Global Consortium Finds Genes That Drive Severe COVID-19

Why do some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have either no or negligible symptoms, while others sicken and die?

Scientists who've pinpointed several genetic markers associated with severe COVID-19 say their findings could provide answers to that important question -- and...

01 Jul
Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

Gene-Based Embryo Selection: Are 'Designer Babies' on the Horizon?

The notion of parents picking out genetically perfect babies may seem like science fiction, but bioethicists warn in a new report that some companies have already started to offer couples going through in vitro fertilization (IVF) the means to pick better embryos through polyg...

01 Jul
Pig Study Could Lead to Gene Therapy to Prevent Heart Failure

Pig Study Could Lead to Gene Therapy to Prevent Heart Failure

A gene therapy aimed at freeing the heart's capacity for self-repair has shown early promise in an animal study.

The study -- done in pigs -- found that the treatment approach was not only feasible, but also improved the animals' heart function after they sustained ...

30 Jun
Gene Differences Could Have Black Patients Undergoing Unnecessary Biopsies

Gene Differences Could Have Black Patients Undergoing Unnecessary Biopsies

A gene variant may be driving high rates of unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in Black Americans, researchers say.

The variant is responsible for lower white blood cell levels in some healthy Black people, the investigators said.

"We've essentially created this raci...

25 Jun
Could a DNA Blood Test Spot a Range of Hidden Cancers?

Could a DNA Blood Test Spot a Range of Hidden Cancers?

Could a new one-and-done blood test designed to detect as many as 50 different types of cancer become a diagnostic game changer?

Yes, say researchers, who report the method appears accurate and reliable at identifying and locating cancer, including some kinds for which t...

21 Jun
New Genetic Insights Into Cause of ALS

New Genetic Insights Into Cause of ALS

Researchers say they've identified a new gene associated with an increased risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- and that their discovery could lead to improved treatments for the deadly disease.

ALS -- also called Lou Gehrig's disease -- is a rare, progressiv...

10 Jun
Gene Editing Technique Corrects Sickle Cell Disease in Mice

Gene Editing Technique Corrects Sickle Cell Disease in Mice

Researchers are using mice to study a potential new treatment that could help patients who have sickle cell disease, without some of the risks and side effects of existing therapies.

The investigators reported using genetic-based editing on mice to convert a disease-cau...

07 Jun
Too Much Caffeine Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

Too Much Caffeine Might Raise Your Odds for Glaucoma

That third or fourth cup of coffee may do more than make your heart race: New research suggests it could significantly increase your risk of glaucoma if you're genetically predisposed to the eye disease.

The study included more than 120,000 British people, aged 39 to 73,...

07 Jun
Antibiotics Won't Help Fight Lung-Scarring Disease IDF: Study

Antibiotics Won't Help Fight Lung-Scarring Disease IDF: Study

Antibiotics do not reduce the risk of hospitalization or death in patients with a lethal lung disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a new study finds.

"We were certainly disappointed in the results," said study co-author Dr. Imre Noth, chief of pulmonary and cr...

04 Jun
Newly Approved Drug Fights Lung Cancer Tied to Certain Genes

Newly Approved Drug Fights Lung Cancer Tied to Certain Genes

A newly approved lung cancer drug shows promise in improving survival in patients whose tumors carry a common and tough-to-treat genetic mutation, researchers say.

Sotorasib - brand name Lumakras - was approved May 28 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a targete...

04 Jun
Drug Lynparza Could Help Fight Some Early-Stage Breast Cancers

Drug Lynparza Could Help Fight Some Early-Stage Breast Cancers

A twice-daily pill can dramatically reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence in women who are genetically prone to the disease, researchers report.

The pill - olaparib (Lynparza) - works by blocking a natural enzyme called PARP that normally fixes DNA damage in health...

03 Jun
'Early Birds' May Have Extra Buffer Against Depression

'Early Birds' May Have Extra Buffer Against Depression

Could getting out of bed just one hour earlier every day lower your risk for depression?

Yes, claims new research that found an earlier start to the day was tied to a 23% lower risk of developing the mood disorder.

The study of more than 840,000 people found a link...

02 Jun
Scientists Discover Rare Form of ALS That Can Strike Kids

Scientists Discover Rare Form of ALS That Can Strike Kids

A new form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) that affects children has been discovered by an international team of researchers.

They used advanced genetic techniques to identify 11 such cases in children who had mysterious neurological disorders.

Most cases of...

28 May
Massive Gene Study Probes Origins of Depression

Massive Gene Study Probes Origins of Depression

Researchers who pinpointed 178 gene variants linked to major depression say their findings could improve diagnosis and treatment of a disorder that affects 1 in 5 people.

The study draws on a huge database, analyzing the genetic and health records of 1.2 million people f...

25 May
In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

In 10 Years, COVID-19 Could Be 'Just the Sniffles'

The virus fueling the COVID-19 pandemic could become just an ordinary sniffle-causing nuisance within the next 10 years, a new study suggests.

Researchers stressed that the projection is based on mathematical models, and not a crystal-ball prediction.

But, they say...

21 May
Faulty Gene Could Raise Vulnerability to Asbestos-Linked Cancer

Faulty Gene Could Raise Vulnerability to Asbestos-Linked Cancer

Mutations in a certain gene may increase a person's risk for an aggressive asbestos-related cancer called malignant mesothelioma, a new study claims.

The gene is called LRRK2 and is involved in regulating responses in immune cells in the brain. Mesothelioma can affect th...

18 May
Major Gene Study Looks at Origins of Bipolar Disorder

Major Gene Study Looks at Origins of Bipolar Disorder

Scientists report they have pinpointed 64 regions in the DNA of humans that increase a person's risk of bipolar disorder, more than twice the number previously identified.

The researchers, who called this the largest investigation of bipolar disorder to date, also discov...

12 May
Humans Started Loving Carbs a Very Long Time Ago

Humans Started Loving Carbs a Very Long Time Ago

Not only have humans and their ancient ancestors been eating carbs for longer than was realized, but a new study finds these starchy foods may actually have played a part in the growth of the human brain.

A new study researching the history of the human oral microbiome ...

11 May
Centuries Ago, Gene Changes May Have Stopped Bubonic Plague

Centuries Ago, Gene Changes May Have Stopped Bubonic Plague

TUESDAY, May 11, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - After examining DNA from remains in an ancient mass grave in Germany, scientists think that genetic immunity from bubonic plague may have developed in the wake of the disease.

"We found that innate immune markers increased in f...

07 May
Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

Why Do Dogs Bark & Bite? Fear May Be Key

That growling dog may actually be terrified of you.

Fear and age-related pain are among the reasons why dogs are aggressive toward people, a new study suggests.

The findings could help two-legged folks better understand and prevent aggressive behavior, such as grow...

05 May
Relatives' Colonoscopy Results Could Affect Your Colon Cancer Risk

Relatives' Colonoscopy Results Could Affect Your Colon Cancer Risk

Having close relatives with colon polyps -- which can be precursors of cancer -- could mean that you have a higher risk for colon cancer, researchers say.

Colon cancer is the second deadliest form of cancer in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

30 Apr
Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health Conditions

Your Blood Type Might Raise Odds for Certain Health Conditions

Certain blood types may increase a person's risk of different health problems, a new study suggests.

The research confirms some previous findings and reveals new links between blood types and diseases, according to the authors of the study published April 27 in the journ...

30 Apr
Young, Immune-Compromised Patients Are Hotspots for Coronavirus Mutations: Study

Young, Immune-Compromised Patients Are Hotspots for Coronavirus Mutations: Study

COVID-19 infections may last longer in young people with weakened immune systems, and that extended period could lead to more mutations in SARS-CoV-2, according to the authors of a new case study.

The study included two children and a young adult who had weakened immune ...

28 Apr
Do Your Genes Set You Up for Hot Flashes?

Do Your Genes Set You Up for Hot Flashes?

Could your genes be to blame for your hot flashes?

New research suggests that's so, with genetics playing a role in both the severity and frequency of those hallmarks of menopause.

While hot flashes are common, they don't affect all women to the same degree and the...

23 Apr
No Genetic Damage to Kids of Those Exposed to Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: Study

No Genetic Damage to Kids of Those Exposed to Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster: Study

There's no evidence of genetic damage in the children of parents who were exposed to radiation from the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine, researchers say.

Several previous studies have examined the risks across generations of radiation exposure from...

22 Apr
Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Brain Study Suggests Autism Develops Differently in Girls Than Boys

Autism appears to develop differently in girls and boys, so the findings of research conducted mainly with boys might not apply to girls, a new study suggests.

Autism spectrum disorder is four times more common in boys, which may help explain why there's far less researc...

19 Apr
In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

In Breast Cancer Survivors, Obesity Raises Odds for Cancer's Return

Most people know obesity can lead to diabetes or heart disease, but excess weight can play a role in cancer, too, researchers say.

A new study found that breast cancer survivors who are overweight have a statistically significant increased risk of developing a second pri...

12 Apr
Healthy Living Helps Ward Off Deadly Prostate Cancers in Men at High Risk

Healthy Living Helps Ward Off Deadly Prostate Cancers in Men at High Risk

A nutritious diet, regular exercise and other components of a healthy lifestyle may reduce the odds of lethal prostate cancer in men with a high genetic risk for it, researchers report.

"The excess genetic risk of lethal prostate cancer could be offset by adhering to a h...

30 Mar
Black Adults Face 4 Times the Odds for Stroke as Whites

Black Adults Face 4 Times the Odds for Stroke as Whites

Once Black Americans reach age 40, their blood pressure often begins a rapid climb, putting them at significantly higher risk of stroke than their white counterparts, a new study warns.

Middle-aged Black people have roughly four times the stroke risk faced by white Ameri...

26 Mar
'Zombie Genes' Spur Some Brain Cells to Grow Even After Death

'Zombie Genes' Spur Some Brain Cells to Grow Even After Death

When people die some cells in their brains go on for hours, even getting more active and growing to gargantuan proportions, new research shows.

Awareness of this activity, spurred on by "zombie genes," could affect research into diseases that affect the brain.

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