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Health News - Genetics

Scientists unlock genetic code of diseased lung cells to find new treatments for IPF
Researchers cracked the complete genetic code of individual cells in healthy and diseased human lung tissues to find potential new molecular targets for diagnosing and treating the lethal lung... (Medical News Today)

One specific gene explains many diseases
Genetic differences in the FADS1 gene determine the risk for many different diseases. (Medical News Today)

Light therapy shows promise as noninvasive treatment for Alzheimer's
Study shows light therapy that induces gamma oscillations in the brain substantially reduces beta-amyloid plaques in a mouse model of Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

IKZF1 gene mutations found to increase hereditary risk for ALL in children
A late-breaking abstract presented during the 58th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego identifies inherited genetic mutations in the gene IKZF1 that... (Medical News Today)

Controlling gene activity in human development
Researchers at the Babraham Institute have revealed a new understanding of the molecular switches that control gene activity in human embryonic stem cells. (Medical News Today)

Brain cancer: New biomarker could improve diagnosis of glioma
After analyzing data from many genetic studies, researchers find that a high expression of SHOX2 gene predicts poor survival in intermediate-grade gliomas. (Medical News Today)

Experimental drug for spinal muscular atrophy shows promising early results, prompting phase 3 clinical trial
A new drug for spinal muscular atrophy has shown promising early results in a phase 2 trial involving 20 babies with infantile-onset spinal muscular atrophy. (Medical News Today)

Resistance to drug of last resort found in farm animals in US
Carbapenems are one of the most important classes of antibiotics used in humans, and are an important agent against multi-drug resistant bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Tufts researchers uncover possible source of genetic error causing multiple diseases
Tufts University researchers have discovered a possible explanation for the occurrence of a genetic error that causes over a dozen neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders, including... (Medical News Today)

After gene therapy, hemophilia B patients maintain near-normal levels of clotting factor
Researchers are reporting the highest and most sustained levels to date of the essential blood-clotting factor IX in patients with the inherited bleeding disorder hemophilia B. (Medical News Today)

New form of autism found
Autism spectrum disorders affect around one percent of the world's population and are characterized by a range of difficulties in social interaction and communication. (Medical News Today)

Prevention of RNA virus replication
Researchers at Okayama University have successfully cleaved influenza viral RNA to prevent its replication using novel artificial RNA restriction enzymes in laboratory cell cultures. (Medical News Today)

CRISPR editing in pancreatic cells reduced cell death and increased insulin secretion
With the help of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene scissors, researchers at Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden have managed to "turn off" an enzyme that proved to play a key role in the regulation of the... (Medical News Today)

Back to the start: Re-activation of embryonic genes leads to muscle aging
The development of the embryo during pregnancy is one of the most complex processes in life. (Medical News Today)

Enzyme research provides a new picture of depression
Despite the fact that more than four percent of the world's population suffer from depression, and even though approximately 1,500 individuals commit suicide each year in Sweden, the understanding... (Medical News Today)

Huntington's disease affects muscle as well as brain
After studying cell processes in mice, researchers suggest Huntington’s disease involves defects in muscle maturation as well as death of brain cells. (Medical News Today)

Education on personalized diabetes risk doesn't motivate behavior change
People who receive personalized genetic and phenotypic information on their risk of developing diabetes don't significantly increase their physical activity compared to those who get broader... (Medical News Today)

Genetic link to fatal health condition could aid future treatment
Thousands of lives could be saved every year after it was discovered a fatal cardiovascular condition could be linked to four genes, research has found. (Medical News Today)

UT Austin engineers develop first-ever capsule to treat hemophilia
In the near future, hemophiliacs could be able to treat their disease by simply swallowing a capsule. (Medical News Today)

Survey of New York City soil uncovers medicine-making microbes
Microbes have long been an invaluable source of new drugs. And to find more, we may have to look no further than the ground beneath our feet. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovered to cause rare, severe neurological disease
Researchers have linked a debilitating neurological disease in children to mutations in a gene that regulates neuronal development through control of protein movement within neuronal cells. (Medical News Today)

Our closest worm kin regrow body parts, raising hopes of regeneration in humans
What if humans could regrow an amputated arm or leg, or completely restore nervous system function after a spinal cord injury? (Medical News Today)

Alcohol: Link between liver and brain may control consumption
Researchers discover a previously unrecognized genetic basis for alcohol consumption in a pathway that links a liver hormone to a brain receptor. (Medical News Today)

MicroRNA may give clue to schizophrenia's 'voices'
Research using a mouse model of schizophrenia unearths clues about the origin of auditory hallucinations and the potential for innovative, new treatments. (Medical News Today)

Successfully treating genetically determined autoimmune enteritis
Using targeted immunotherapy, doctors have succeeded in curing a type of autoimmune enteritis caused by a recently discovered genetic mutation. (Medical News Today)

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