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Health News - Genetics

Common epilepsies share genetic overlap with rare types
An international study led by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers has found that several genes previously implicated only in rare, severe forms of... (Medical News Today)

Best treatment option written in cancer's genetic script
An international collaboration led by clinical researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has shown proof-of-concept that truly personalised therapy will be possible in the future for... (Medical News Today)

Cell division study opens new leads against hard-to-treat cancers
A protein that controls cell division also has a key role in switching genes on and off, scientists have found, in a discovery which could reinvent cancer treatment. (Medical News Today)

Viruses in the genome important for our brain
Over millions of years retroviruses have been incorporated into our human DNA, where they today make up almost 10 per cent of the total genome. (Medical News Today)

Sedentary behavior raises dementia risk as much as genetic factors
A new study finds the risk of dementia onset is just as high for sedentary older adults as it is for those with a genetic predisposition for the disease. (Medical News Today)

Scientists find genetic mutation that causes cleft lip and palate, heart defects
A team of international researchers examines the genetic mutation responsible for cleft lip and palate, as well as congenital heart defect. (Medical News Today)

Genetically engineered mosquitos resist dengue fever virus
After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue fever - a mosquito-borne viral disease - continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year. (Medical News Today)

Inhibition of EZH2 might be new therapy of multiple myeloma
In a study published in the scientific journal Oncotarget, researchers from Uppsala University show how the protein EZH2 affects the development of multiple myeloma, and that inhibition of EZH2... (Medical News Today)

A surprise advance in the treatment of adult cancers
A team of researchers at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) has found an epigenetic modification that might be the cause of 15% of adult cancers of the throat... (Medical News Today)

Customers who receive genetic health data not alarmed by results, find information useful
As consumers have been able to learn more about their genetic makeup in recent years through personal genomic testing, one big criticism has been that without someone to interpret it, the health... (Medical News Today)

New genes identified that regulate the spread of cancers
Research led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has discovered a new biological target for drugs to reduce the spread of tumours in cancer patients. (Medical News Today)

Scientists raise warning over drugs targeting key cancer mechanism
Scientists have expressed concerns about developing drugs against two molecular targets that had been considered highly promising, after finding that specifically blocking their function adversely... (Medical News Today)

New insights into mechanisms of breast cancer development and resistance to therapy
Why does breast cancer develop and how come certain patients are resistant to established therapies? (Medical News Today)

Researchers reveal how cancer cells cope with genetic chaos
Scientists have uncovered how tumours are able to grow despite significant damage to the structure and number of their chromosomes1 - the storage units of DNA - according to two new studies... (Medical News Today)

Genetic basis of aggression in prostate cancer
New insights into the genetic drivers of prostate cancer that may inform treatment decisions are highlighted in two papers published online in Nature and Nature Communications this week. (Medical News Today)

Halting lethal childhood leukemia
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered the genetic driver of a rare and lethal childhood leukemia and identified a targeted molecular therapy that halts the proliferation of leukemic... (Medical News Today)

New research describes how bacteria resists 'last-resort' antibiotic
An international research team, led by the University of Bristol, has provided the first clues to understand how the mcr-1 gene protects bacteria from colistin - a 'last resort' antibiotic used to... (Medical News Today)

Crohn's disease risk and prognosis determined by different genes, study finds
Researchers have identified a series of genetic variants that affect the severity of Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel disease - but surprisingly, none of these variants appear to be related... (Medical News Today)

Research helps explain why androgen-deprivation therapy doesn't work for many prostate cancers
Metastatic prostate cancer, or prostate cancer that has spread to other organs, is incurable. (Medical News Today)

Small increase in dietary zinc stops DNA from deteriorating
New research suggests that a level of zinc equivalent to that provided by biofortified crops may halt the everyday 'wear and tear' of human DNA. (Medical News Today)

Cancer cells' ability to break free and spread arises from 'broken switch'
Study finds that a broken switch allows cancer cells to shrug off shape-changing and movement constraints of their extracellular matrix to grow and spread. (Medical News Today)

Premenstrual mood changes linked to abnormalities in gene network
Researchers have uncovered evidence that a dysregulated gene network may be responsible for mood changes in a severe form of premenstrual syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Study sheds light on esophageal cancer, offers insight into increasingly common disease
A comprehensive analysis of 559 esophageal and gastric cancer samples, collected from patients around the world, suggests the two main types of esophageal cancer differ markedly in their molecular... (Medical News Today)

Immunotherapy, gene therapy combination shows promise against glioblastoma
"Devastating" and "dismal."That's how leading researchers describe the present outlook for malignant brain tumors. (Medical News Today)

Organoid advances: How to grow a stomach in the lab
Recently published research outlines a groundbreaking technique to grow human stomach tissue in the lab. This will aid the study of diseases and new drugs. (Medical News Today)

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