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Health News - Genetics

Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance. (Medical News Today)

Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets
In the largest study of its type, researchers find several new prostate cancer drug targets by harvesting and analyzing reams of genetic data. (Medical News Today)

How the brain's 'immune memory' may lead to Alzheimer's
A new study shows that the brain's immune cells retain a memory of previous inflammation, which causes them to react differently to toxic brain proteins. (Medical News Today)

'Mutant ferrets' shine a light on human brain evolution
While using a novel, genetically modified ferret to investigate microcephaly, researchers stumble across clues as to the evolution of our large brains. (Medical News Today)

Could your fitness boost your kids' brain power?
Adult male mice exposed to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise boost learning ability in offspring through altered sperm RNA, study shows. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk
A gene that predisposes people to store excess fat on their belly rather than their hips increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly. (Medical News Today)

Being a 'night owl' could kill you, study finds
If you're a 'night owl,' you might want to change your bedtime habits; researchers reveal that late nights could raise the risk of early death. (Medical News Today)

Blocking melanoma's 'escape route'
A new study finds that, as melanoma tries to evade treatment, it differentiates into four subtypes. Some of these are vulnerable to treatment. (Medical News Today)

What to do about brown spots on your teeth
Brown spots can form anywhere on the teeth, including between teeth or on the tooth surface. These brown or yellowish stains can result from dental procedures, but they more commonly indicate cavities or a buildup of plaque. Here, learn about the many causes, and potential ways to remove these stubborn stains. (Medical News Today)

This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat
One gene variant makes us eat more sugary foods but causes our overall body fat levels to be lower. Is this really as good for our health as it sounds? (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene
In a first-of-its kind study, scientists use human neurons to study and correct the damaging effects of the APOE4 gene, a well-known genetic risk factor. (Medical News Today)

Is blood actually blue?
Some people believe that blood is blue when it is in the body and only turns red when it interacts with oxygen in the air. In this article, we investigate this and other myths and facts about the blood. Which animals have blue blood? How much blood is in the human body? Why is blood red? Find out all this and more. (Medical News Today)

Why does cancer arise? Landmark study provides unique insight
A huge study published in a slew of papers has analyzed over 11,000 tumors from 33 cancers and reclassified them by their genomic and molecular makeup. (Medical News Today)

Space travel may hold the key to cardiac repair
New research — conducted both in space and on Earth — suggests that simulated microgravity could be used to boost stem-cell therapy for cardiac repair. (Medical News Today)

Newly created compound boosts anti-cancer immunity
The results of a study that took years to conduct are finally in: scientists have devised a compound that can boost our immunity against cancer. (Medical News Today)

New colon cancer drugs may arise from protein discovery
Researchers have uncovered new mechanisms by which a protein called APC can prevent colon cancer, a discovery that could lead to new drug treatments. (Medical News Today)

How lung cancer cells disguise themselves to evade chemo
New research finds that a genetic mutation makes lung cancer cells morph into gastrointestinal cells. The mechanism may explain drug-resistant lung cancer. (Medical News Today)

Gene study solves mystery of 'alien' skeleton
Researchers have not only confirmed that the 'Ata' skeleton is human; they have also uncovered gene variants that may explain its serious bone deformities. (Medical News Today)

Major depression: Brain tissue reveals sex-specific gene changes
From analyzing the postmortem brain tissue of adults with major depression, researchers have pinpointed sex-specific changes in gene expression. (Medical News Today)

Why does my urine smell sweet?
Sweet-smelling urine may be caused by diet, diabetes, or maple syrup urine disease. Learn why urine may smell sweet, treatments, and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

Autism: Anti-cancer drug may improve social behavior
Romidepsin, a compound that is already approved for treating cancer, reversed social deficits in a mouse model of autism by restoring gene expression. (Medical News Today)

These genes could make us prone to insomnia
Researchers have identified specific genetic variants that are linked to the risk of insomnia, and which could also affect our physical and mental health. (Medical News Today)

How much of our empathy is down to genes?
A new study investigates the genetic underpinnings of empathy and finds evidence that this emotional ability may, at least partly, be down to genes. (Medical News Today)

Genetic score can identify Alzheimer's risk much earlier
Among adults in their 50s, researchers identified those with mild cognitive impairment — a precursor of Alzheimer's — from their polygenic risk scores. (Medical News Today)

Why do our brains age? These genes may hold the answer
New research identifies more than 250 genes involved in brain aging. One gene, in particular, may explain why our cognition tends to decline as we age. (Medical News Today)

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