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Health News - Genetics

Scientists create genetic score that predicts lifespan
New research uncovers 21 genetic variants that are associated with changes in lifespan and presents a genetic score that predicts a person's survival. (Medical News Today)

5 strange, rare, and fascinating medical conditions
Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, which sometimes give rise to strange medical conditions. In this Spotlight we look at five of these rare diseases. (Medical News Today)

Can COPD run in families?
Genetic factors can make it more likely that a person will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, other causes, such as smoking and environmental toxins, are more significant. Preventive measures can help reduce the impact of the genetic risk factors for this disease. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

How to increase your metabolism
Many factors influence the speed of a person’s metabolism, including their muscle mass, activity level, and genetics. There are several ways to boost metabolism, including eating at regular times, trying high-intensity interval training, and reducing stress. Here, learn about these and other strategies. (Medical News Today)

Drugs could one day treat nearsightedness, reveals gene study
The molecular pathways involved in the development of near- and farsightedness are different, according to an animal study of gene changes in the retina. (Medical News Today)

Newly discovered molecule could treat heart failure
New research has discovered a molecule that plays a key role in supporting heart function. This finding may lead to better therapy for heart failure. (Medical News Today)

Why depression, trauma can make you age faster
New research finds that the DNA of people with major depression is biologically older than that of people who do not have the condition. (Medical News Today)

'Winter blues' study finds key to depression resilience
A new study examines the brains of people with seasonal affective disorder to examine why some people do not develop depression despite being at risk. (Medical News Today)

Tourette's syndrome: 400 genetic mutations found
New research sheds light on the possible genetic causes of Tourette's syndrome and the brain development disruptions that characterize the condition. (Medical News Today)

Could we use gene mutations to treat diabetes and heart disease?
A gene study of 300,000 veterans yields three cholesterol-controlling mutations that could help develop new drugs for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Manipulating features of cells 'could help to slow cancer'
A new study focusing on nuclear pores finds that manipulating certain cell features could help to stop cancer cells from thriving. (Medical News Today)

Genetics may determine severe alcohol withdrawal
The sudden cessation of drinking in people with harmful drinking habits leads to withdrawal symptoms. But how do genes influence symptom severity? (Medical News Today)

Your height may predict your risk of varicose veins
A study led by Stanford University scientists examines the genes of nearly 500,000 participants and suggests that height may be a cause of varicose veins. (Medical News Today)

A new blood test may detect sleep deprivation
Sleeplessness can lead to a number of negative outcomes, from lost work to car crashes, but a new blood test may now be able to measure sleep deprivation. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Five genetic 'clusters' may explain evolution
Researchers have identified five clusters of genetic variants that may explain the different evolution of type 2 diabetes in different individuals. (Medical News Today)

What are the early signs of MS?
The early signs and symptoms of MS can vary widely, and some can be significantly challenging or debilitating. Here, learn more about the early symptoms of MS, such as vision problems and numbness, and when to consult a doctor. (Medical News Today)

How a protein works with gut bacteria to prevent obesity
Learning more about the inflammatory mechanisms that promote obesity can help us find new treatments for this metabolic condition, new research shows. (Medical News Today)

High blood pressure breakthrough: Over 500 genes uncovered
The world's largest genetic study of hypertension finds that the number of genetic loci involved is three times larger than previously thought. (Medical News Today)

Inhaled blood pressure drug could prevent panic attacks
New research suggests that a drug commonly used for hypertension could be used as a quick-acting nasal spray to prevent anxiety attacks. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: New target found for drug-resistant tumors
Scientists have uncovered a previously uncharted mechanism of cell growth that helps several cancers resist rapamycin and similar drugs. (Medical News Today)

Using the body clock to make drugs more effective
A new database of circadian changes in genetic expression can help physicians time drugs so that they're synched up to the patient's body clock. (Medical News Today)

Autism prognosis: Parental genes 'incredibly useful'
While a main variant primes a person to develop a complex disorder such as autism, their 'genetic background' sets the 'clinical features,' a study finds. (Medical News Today)

What makes aggressive brain cancer 'immortal?'
Aggressive brain cancer cells are able to prolong their own lifespans indefinitely. How does this happen, and what strategy might curb this mechanism? (Medical News Today)

Dementia: 10-year risk estimates may inform prevention
A new study provides 10-year estimates for dementia risk, focusing on age, sex, and genetic predisposition. This may lead to early preventive initiatives. (Medical News Today)

One in five human genes are not 'real'
A new study suggests that the human genome has at least 2,000 fewer protein-encoding genes than previously believed. The findings could change biomedicine. (Medical News Today)

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