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'Junk DNA' has role in cancer spread, say scientists
Scientists find that parts of DNA once considered to be 'junk' actually instruct cells to make RNA molecules that keep cancer-promoting genes switched on. (Medical News Today)

Leukemia: Do genes influence how people respond to therapy?
Some people with acute myeloid leukemia are more responsive to chemotherapy than others. Why is this, and how can this knowledge lead to better treatments? (Medical News Today)

Scientists link 151 genes to atrial fibrillation
A study of biobank genomic data totaling more than 1 million people identifies 151 candidate genes that are likely associated with atrial fibrillation. (Medical News Today)

What's the link between 'hobbits' and modern humans?
A new genetic analysis of a fossil skeleton pertaining to a species of mini-humans dubbed 'the hobbit' offers interesting insights into human evolution. (Medical News Today)

What causes a soapy taste in the mouth?
Many sensations and tastes can occur suddenly or linger in the mouth. One of these is a soapy taste. This may have many causes, including consuming contaminated food or drink, some medications, genetics, and even anxiety. Seeing a doctor may be necessary if the taste continues. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's gene affects more people than previously thought
The newly discovered role of the LRRK2 gene may explain all cases of Parkinson’s disease, not just the hereditary ones, as previously believed. (Medical News Today)

Why you're likely to get little to no protection from sunscreen
Are you applying enough sunscreen, and is it offering you enough protection against ultraviolets? You may want to reconsider your skin-protecting strategy. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: 'Yin Yang' protein found responsible for tumor growth
Scientists have uncovered a protein that fuels tumor growth in aggressive breast cancer. The findings may help tackle treatment-resistant tumors. (Medical News Today)

What makes prostate cancer become aggressive? Study investigates
Using a range of tools, researchers identify a plausible mechanism and genes through which a genetic variation influences prostate cancer aggressiveness. (Medical News Today)

Medieval skeleton sheds light on deadly Salmonella
Salmonella infections cause a host of unpleasant symptoms, and some bacterial strains can be life-threatening. How long have these pathogens been around? (Medical News Today)

Wrinkles and hair loss reversed in mice
Can signs of aging, such as skin wrinkles and hair loss, be successfully reversed? A new study on mice suggests that this may be an option in the future. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes, obesity may soon be reversed with gene therapy
For the first time, scientists use gene therapy to successfully reverse obesity and insulin resistance in an animal model of type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Gene editing shown to lower cholesterol in monkeys
In a first-of-its kind study, genome editing is proven to reduce 'bad' cholesterol in large animals. The findings pave the way for human clinical trials. (Medical News Today)

Keto diet could make cancer therapy more effective
A new study suggests that the ketogenic diet, which is very low in carbohydrates but high in fats, may give cancer therapy a much-needed boost. (Medical News Today)

Everything you need to know about cystic hygroma
Cystic hygromas are fluid-filled sacs that occur most commonly on the head or neck of a baby. They occur due to blockages in the lymphatic system. In this article, we look at the causes of cystic hygromas, including environmental and genetic factors, as well as how doctors remove or shrink the growths. (Medical News Today)

What causes alcohol addiction? Study investigates
Rats that persistently choose alcohol despite negative consequences have the same altered signaling mechanism in the brain as human addicts, a study shows. (Medical News Today)

Reversing autism with a cancer drug
Scientists may have found a new treatment for a genetic form of autism; experiments in mice successfully reverse the condition using cancer trial drugs. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Using coffee for 'glucose control'
Researchers show how a synthetic gene circuit activated by doses of caffeine as found in coffee can regulate blood sugar levels in diabetic mice. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: 'Strong evidence' of virus involvement
A study of large sets of postmortem data provides new evidence that viruses — herpes HHV-6 and HHV-7 in particular — may be involved in Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Could blocking these proteins stop breast cancer?
A study suggests that blocking certain epigenetic proteins with drugs could prevent women at high risk of breast cancer from developing the disease. (Medical News Today)

Colon cancer: Scientists find new predisposition mechanism
(Medical News Today)

What can autopsies teach us about heart disease?
Are we overlooking an important source of clinical information by not using autopsy more in medical research? Several studies suggest the answer is 'yes.' (Medical News Today)

Early risers have lower risk of depression, study finds
How do your sleep-wake preferences affect your risk of developing a mood disorder such as depression? A large, detailed observational study investigates. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: Could this 'missing link' be a cause?
Cell defects and genes have been separately identified in Parkinson's disease. Now, scientists suggest a faulty cell mechanism is the missing link. (Medical News Today)

How could designer proteins thwart cancer?
Cancer boosts the abnormal growth of cells by 'hijacking' sensitive molecular mechanisms. Can researchers fight back by designing specialized proteins? (Medical News Today)

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