FRIDAY, Sept. 22, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Researchers have found a gene mutation linked to esophageal cancer, which could lead to better prevention and treatment strategies. Investigators from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found the mutation, potentially helping those at risk of what is a highly lethal cancer. EsophagealContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Bats have an extraordinary ability to avoid cancer and handle infections, and researchers now think they might know why. Specific genetic adaptations caused by rapid evolution have made bats extremely cancer-resistant, researchers report in the Sept. 20 issue of the journal Genome BiologyContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2023 (HealthDay News) — A large number of drugs used to treat everything from multiple sclerosis to blood cancers to rheumatoid arthritis may cause a rare but often-fatal condition called progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). But a simple genetic test can determine who has a 10-fold higher riskContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Smoking may not only harm the smoker and those who breathe in the secondhand fumes, but also their future children. New research suggests that boys who smoke in their early teens risk passing on harmful genetic traits to future children. The study probedContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2023 (HealthDay News) — As it stands, no one blood test or brain scan can definitively diagnose Parkinson’s disease. But researchers report this may soon change if a new blood test continues to show promise. The test measures DNA damage in the mitochondria of cells, which isContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 2, 2023 (HealthDay News) — A newly discovered genetic variant might explain why some people of African ancestry have naturally lower viral loads of HIV, an international team of researchers reports. This variant, carried by an estimated 4% to 13% of people of African origin, reduces their riskContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) — In the world of COVID-19 infections, the majority of patients develop symptoms, while about one-fifth mysteriously don’t develop a cough, sore throat or other tell-tale signs of illness. Now, new research finds that these symptom-free super-dodgers are more than twice as likely asContinue Reading