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Health News - Genetics

First European approval of drug to treat genetic kidney disease ADPKD
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. has announced that the European Commission has granted marketing authorisation for JINARC® (tolvaptan) for the treatment of ADPKD in adults who have chronic... (Medical News Today)

Study examines association of genetic variants with cognitive impairment
Individually rare but collectively common intermediate-size copy number variations may be negatively associated with educational attainment, according to a study in JAMA. (Medical News Today)

Cocaine addiction, craving and relapse
Paradigm shift in treatment of addiction holds promise, thanks to epigeneticsOne of the major challenges of cocaine addiction is the high rate of relapse after periods of withdrawal and... (Medical News Today)

Melanoma, pediatric cancer and lymphoma dominate research from NYU Langone at ASCO 2015
Plasma cell disorders and epidemiology studies also play a prominent roleNYU Langone Medical Center and its Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center will have a high profile at the 51st Annual... (Medical News Today)

NYU researchers find 'decoder ring' powers in micro RNA
MicroRNA can serve as a "decoder ring" for understanding complex biological processes, a team of New York University chemists has found. (Medical News Today)

Genetic defect linked to visual impairment in dyslexics
A risk gene for dyslexia is associated with impairments in visual motion detection, according to a study published May 27 in The Journal of Neuroscience. (Medical News Today)

'Achilles' heel for Ebola virus infection' protein identified
In a mouse study, researchers have found that the Ebola virus is unable to infect cells unless it attaches to a specific host protein first. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests using excess stress to kill therapy resistant breast cancer
Maxing out the inherently stressed nature of treatment-resistant breast cancer cells thwarts their adaptive ability to evolve genetic workarounds to treatment, a new study suggests. (Medical News Today)

A scientific breakthrough helps explain how DNA is organized in our cells
The discovery by IRCM researchers could lead to a better understanding of lymphomaA team of researchers at the IRCM led by François Robert, PhD, uncovered a critical role for two proteins in... (Medical News Today)

Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases
By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using... (Medical News Today)

Mutated gene leads to insensitivity to pain with drastic consequences
A rare congenital genetic mutation means that those affected do not feel pain. However, what seems, at first sight, to be a blessing, can have serious consequences. (Medical News Today)

Therapy-resistant breast cancer mechanism revealed
Mitsuyoshi Nakao, Director of the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics in Kumamoto University and Associate Professor Noriko Saitoh revealed that a cluster of defined, non-coding RNAs are... (Medical News Today)

Pitt team IDs two new and very large classes of RNAs linked to cancer biomarker
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have identified two new classes of RNAs that are closely associated with a protein known to be a prognostic biomarker for breast cancer... (Medical News Today)

Researchers unveil new gene subgroup in prostate cancer
Prostate cancer researchers have drawn a molecular portrait that provides the first complete picture of localized, multi-focal disease within the prostate and also unveils a new gene subgroup driving... (Medical News Today)

'Pain sensing' gene discovery could help in development of new methods of pain relief
A gene essential to the production of pain-sensing neurons in humans has been identified by an international team of researchers co-led by the University of Cambridge. (Medical News Today)

Scientists reveal how herpes virus hijacks and hides in our cells
A new study of what the cold sore virus does to host cell machinery shows it disrupts host gene transcription termination, advancing our understanding of this and similar viruses. (Medical News Today)

Ovarian cancer-specific markers set the stage for early diagnosis, personalized treatments
Custom bioinformatics algorithm identifies human mRNAs that distinguish ovarian cancer cells from normal cells and provide new therapeutic targetsOvarian cancer is notoriously difficult to... (Medical News Today)

Asian family research answers questions on fatty acid in brain
New research conducted in a rural community in Pakistan highlights the crucial role that essential fatty acids play in human brain growth and function. (Medical News Today)

Scientists create mice with a major genetic cause of ALS and FTD
NIH-funded study provides new platform for testing treatments for several neurodegenerative disordersScientists at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida created a novel mouse that exhibits the... (Medical News Today)

Scientists unveil prostate cancer's 'Rosetta Stone'
Almost 90 per cent of men with advanced prostate cancer carry genetic mutations in their tumours that could be targeted by either existing or new cancer drugs, a landmark new study reveals. (Medical News Today)

How a schizophrenia risk gene affects the brain
Scientists have for the first time shown how the disruption of a key gene involved in mental illness impacts on the brain. (Medical News Today)

Oxidative stress is an aggravating factor in Lafora rare disease
Neurodegenerative Lafora disease usually becomes apparent through seizures during adolescence and puberty and occurs as a consequence of defects in glycogen metabolism and in the cellular... (Medical News Today)

Premature aging: Scientists identify and correct defects in diseased cells
Scientists from the Institut Pasteur and CNRS, in collaboration with scientists from the Institut Gustave Roussy and CEA, have succeeded in restoring normal activity in cells isolated from patients... (Medical News Today)

Obesity and weight loss change splicing pattern of obesity and type 2 diabetes genes
Alternative splicing of obesity and type 2 diabetes related genes may contribute to the pathophysiology of obesity, according to research from the University of Eastern Finland. (Medical News Today)

International study of advanced prostate cancer genome finds potential targets for drug therapy
The first major effort to canvas the genomic landscape of advanced prostate cancer has revealed that many patients may carry some type of genetic abnormality that can be targeted with existing or... (Medical News Today)

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