FRIDAY, Sept. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) — People with a rare genetic form of ALS may benefit from extended use of an investigational drug, a new study shows. The medication, tofersen, benefited patients with mutations of the gene SOD1. These mutations create a misfolded version of a protein, which leadsContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2022 (HealthDay News) – The fight against malaria could hinge on genetically engineered mosquitoes that have something called “gene drive.” Researchers from the Transmission: Zero team at Imperial College London report that they have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth in their gut of the parasites thatContinue Reading

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Smoking around your child is unhealthy, but it could also harm your future grandchildren, a new study finds. Children are more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, according to researchers from the University ofContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 7, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Patients suspected of having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may soon be able to get a diagnosis much more quickly, not wasting the precious time many have left, new research suggests. In 2020, a blood test for ALS based on microRNA (short segments ofContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Aug. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) — A person’s unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior. In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facialContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Aug. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) — More than 70 genes are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 are linked to the condition, a major new genetic analysis has revealed. The analysis is the largest of its kind to date, involving more than 150,000 participants, including 20,000Continue Reading

TUESDAY, July 12, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Genetically altered pig hearts could soon become a viable transplantation alternative for people with life-threatening heart disease, new experiments show. A team at NYU Langone Health has successfully transplanted two such pig hearts into brain-dead humans on life support, making advances that mayContinue Reading

MONDAY, July 11, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle. Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintainedContinue Reading

MONDAY, July 4, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women. “This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s that isContinue Reading

TUESDAY, June 14, 2022 (HealthDay News) — People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests. The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people’s preferencesContinue Reading