WEDNESDAY, May 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A combination of genetic testing and health screenings could identify more than 1 million U.S. adults with an inherited risk for a cholesterol disorder that increases their risk for premature heart attack and death, according to a new study. About 1 in 250Continue Reading

MONDAY, May 16, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why. A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why multiple conditions areContinue Reading

THURSDAY, May 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin. Gulf War syndrome is blamed for leaving a quarter million veterans of the 1991 conflict withContinue Reading

SATURDAY, April 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) — If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she’s feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well. Kids’ chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent’s influence, according to aContinue Reading

FRIDAY, April 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — For the past couple of centuries, humans have been breeding dogs to meet specific physical characteristics — to make Golden Retrievers fluffy, to make Rottweilers muscular, or to make Chihuahuas tiny. Dog enthusiasts have thought they also were passing along specific behavioral traitsContinue Reading

FRIDAY, April 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Genetic mutations build up faster in the brain cells of Alzheimer’s disease patients than in other people, new research reveals. The discovery could point the way to new Alzheimer’s treatments. DNA errors called somatic mutations can occur in brain cells as people age.Continue Reading

FRIDAY, April 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Cancer patients’ blood type may play a role in their risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say. Cancer and its treatments increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). That includes deep-vein thrombosis (DVT, a blood clot that typically forms in the deep veinsContinue Reading

THURSDAY, April 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Researchers who identified 120 genes linked to schizophrenia say their findings are the strongest ever demonstrating the genetic basis of the psychiatric disorder and could lead to new treatments. “Previous research has shown associations between schizophrenia and many anonymous DNA sequences, but rarelyContinue Reading

THURSDAY, March 31, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The Human Genome Project produced the most complete map of human genetics ever assembled in 2003 — but that map still held many uncharted territories. It did not contain about 8% of the human genome, representing crucial regions and large gaps that haveContinue Reading

TUESDAY, March 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) — An experimental cream-based gene therapy may soon become the first U.S. government-approved means for treating a rare and devastating skin disease that produces “butterfly children.” Patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB) are called butterfly children “because their skin is as fragile asContinue Reading

MONDAY, March 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) — German shepherds are one of the most noble dog breeds on the planet, but they can fall prey to an often deadly swallowing disorder. Now, researchers report they have not only identified a gene variant that explains this susceptibility, but they have alsoContinue Reading

THURSDAY, March 10, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have developed a single test that can rapidly detect a collection of rare genetic diseases — an advance they hope will shorten the “diagnostic odyssey” that people with these conditions can face. The test diagnoses conditions known collectively as “STR-expansion” disorders, whichContinue Reading