Meet an Italian family which feels no pain

The family members, a grandma, her two daughters and three grandchildren, suffer from congenital hypoalgesia, a disease that makes the patient insensitive to pain-inducing stimuli. People with this condition are more prone to a number of injuries, as they are unaware of injuries caused from suffering burns and fractured bones

Meet an Italian family which feels no painAn Italian family that is barely able to sense pain has had the genetic root of their shared disorder uncovered. Understanding this gene may lead to new painkiller drugs. The affected family members include a 78-year-old woman, her two middle-aged daughters, and their three children. All of them fail to sense pain in the way […]

How your blood type and your brain health are interrelated

In all likelihood, the biology of blood types influences the development of the nervous system.

How your blood type and your brain health are interrelatedAll blood tends to look the same, yet we each fall into one of four types: A, B, AB, or O. It’s crucial to know your type for blood transfusions to protect the immune system, but they can also reveal a wealth of information when it comes to your health. According to a recent study […]

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancy

The new findings suggest that diet is at least as important as genetic predisposition to neurodevelopmental disorders such as anxiety or depression

Mental health problems in offspring linked to high-fat diet during pregnancyA high-fat diet not only creates health problems for expectant mothers, but new research in an animal model suggests it alters the development of the brain and endocrine system of their offspring and has a long-term impact on offspring behavior. The new study links an unhealthy diet during pregnancy to mental health disorders such as […]

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?

Researchers at Duke University discovered a gene in mice that directs some bodies to store fat more readily - and they believe a similar gene causes some humans to persistently gain weight without any fault of their own

Are certain people prone to obesity due to their genes?New research on mice suggests that a single gene could be at the root of why some people are overweight. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that forms of a gene called ankyrin-B cause fat cells to absorb glucose at a much faster rate than they should, which […]

Breakthrough: Scientists attempt gene editing inside the human body, for the first time

If successful, the new technique could give a major boost to the fledgling field of gene therapy. Scientists have edited people’s genes before, altering cells in the lab that are then returned to patients. There also are gene therapies that do not involve editing DNA

Breakthrough: Scientists attempt gene editing inside the human body, for the first timeScientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA. On Monday in California, Brian Madeux, a 44-year-old intravenously received billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a […]

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?

The World Health Organization (WHO) calls antibiotic resistance ‘one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today’

Explained: What is antibiotic resistance?Bacteria are an integral part of our ecosystem and we share our bodies with many of these tiny creatures. However, they can be the root of serious health problems. There are roughly as many human cells as bacterial cells in our bodies, and our microscopic passengers pay their way by helping our immune system and […]

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smoking

Researchers have found that a previously dismissed genetic mechanism may contribute to nicotine dependence and to the withdrawal effects that can make quitting smoking so difficult

Here’s the real reason why it is so hard to quit smokingScientists have identified a genetic pathway that contributes to nicotine addiction and makes it difficult for smokers to kick the butt. Researchers at the University of Michigan in the US examined withdrawal responses in the millimetre-long roundworms called Caenorhabditis elegans, which get hooked on nicotine just like humans. The study, published in the journal Cell […]

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancer

Human cells normally contain two copies of tumour suppressor genes, which work to prevent tumour formation by slowing down cell division and growth. When these genes are deleted, through genetic mutations, for example - this gives rise to cancer development

Breakthrough: Researchers discover 27 genes that could halt cancerThe discovery of these genes could open the door to much-needed personalised treatments for cancer, say the researchers. First study author Jonas Demeulemeester, of the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom, and colleagues recently reported their findings in the journal Nature Communications. Cancer arises when cells grow and divide uncontrollably, forming tumours. Human cells […]

Many women get double mastectomy when only one breast has tumours

For most women with breast cancer, who do not have an inherited genetic mutation that predisposes them to a high risk of cancer formation, the risk of developing cancer in the other breast is quite low

Many women get double mastectomy when only one breast has tumoursWomen with cancer in one breast may opt to have both breasts removed even though a double mastectomy isn’t always linked to better survival odds, a recent study suggests. Researchers analysed survey data from women with early-stage cancer in one breast and found 17 percent had both breasts surgically removed as part of treatment. “For […]

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, […]
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