Kidney cancers hijack genes from white blood cells to spread around the body

A new study has identified how kidney cancers develop the ability to spread around the body by stealing genes from other cell types, therefore using their functions

Kidney cancers hijack genes from white blood cells to spread around the bodyThe study, led by scientists from the MRC Cancer Unitopens in new window at the University of Cambridge, suggests that this may also help to explain how other types of cancers spread – or metastasise- and provide new targets for cancer therapies. To metastasise, cancer cells need to develop the ability to break away from […]

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature births

Scientists are trialling a blood test that may predict whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. Preliminary results, published in the journal Science, suggest it is accurate in up to 80% of high-risk women. The team, at Stanford University, in the US, say it is also as accurate as ultra-sound scans at predicting due dates

Researchers working on blood test to predict premature birthsEach year in the U.S., one in 10 babies is born prematurely. Around the world, that number is slightly higher, affecting 15 million infants annually. In a new study published in Science, researchers led by a group at Stanford University report the first steps toward a blood test that can predict which pregnancies are most […]

Rashes are a symptom of many medical problems

Rashes are a symptom of many different medical problems and sometimes, they are just simply asymptomatic.  Certain genes can make people more likely to get rashes

Rashes are a symptom of many medical problemsI recently received a call from MC, an old patient of mine, about the appearance of  multiple, non-itchy red spots on her legs extending all the way up to the waistline.  She took a picture, but there was no close up view of the exact appearance of her rash for me to check. And since […]

Your father’s genes can influence your risk of ovarian cancer

Research published in the journal PLOS Genetics identifies a new mutation associated with early-onset ovarian and prostate cancer that is passed down the paternal line through the X chromosome

Your father’s genes can influence your risk of ovarian cancerFathers could be passing on a genetic mutation to their daughters that further adds to their inherited risk of ovarian cancer, new research suggests. A study of about 10,000 families impacted by ovarian cancer found a genetic mutation passed down through the father’s X chromosome is entirely separate from the BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations which […]

Groundbreaking study identifies 44 genetic risk factors for depression

A 200-strong team of researchers from across the globe have identified 44 genetic variants that can increase the risk of developing major depression and found that all humans carry at least some of them

Groundbreaking study identifies 44 genetic risk factors for depressionThe new findings could help explain why not everyone treated with antidepressants sees their condition improve, the scientists said, and could also point the way toward new medicines. In the largest study of its kind, scientists also found that the genetic basis for depression is shared with other psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and that […]

New cancer drug attacks cancer-causing gene linked to obesity

Scientists are testing a promising drug that may stop a gene associated with obesity from triggering breast and lung cancer, as well as prevent these cancers from growing

New cancer drug attacks cancer-causing gene linked to obesityResearchers from Michigan State University are using novel molecular routes to attack cancer. The scientists were particularly interested in bromodomain inhibitors (BET inhibitors). These are a promising new class of drugs that target the genes involved in cancer’s growth. BET inhibitors prevent the expression of certain growth-promoting genes and therefore slow tumour growth. The researchers […]

Cancer drug can help improve social impairments in autism patients

People on the autism spectrum usually have difficulty establishing and maintaining relationships, however there is currently no treatment for this primary symptoms. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo, suggests people with autism could be prescribed the cancer drug to treat social deficits in behaviour

Cancer drug can help improve social impairments in autism patientsAn anti-cancer drug could help people with autism establish and maintain friendships and relationships, new research claims. A mice study revealed low doses of romidepsin, an FDA-approved drug used to treat lymphoma, restores the genes associated with social and communication skills. People on the autism spectrum usually have difficulty establishing and maintaining relationships, however there […]

Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?

The study comes at a time when researchers are learning more about other influences men have on babies' health that are not necessarily coded within genes, a concept called epigenetics. These influences include direct environmental effects such as exposure to toxins that can be passed from the father to his offspring through his semen

Can a father’s diet before conception affect the baby’s health?Dear men, if you are planning for a baby, include fish, meat, vegetables and fruits in your diet daily as your diet before conception can impact newborn’s health, claims a recent study. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, US found that a low carbohydrate and high protein diet by the father will help […]

How many children you’ll have? Your DNA already knows

An improved understanding of the function of these genes may provide new insights for infertility treatment

How many children you’ll have? Your DNA already knowsYou may think that age, marriage status, and unprotected sex are factors that determine when a couple has their first child, but a new study suggests there may be a small genetic factor as well. The research from Oxford University found 12 specific areas of the DNA sequence which they believe are related to the […]
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