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Health News - Genetics

Migraine: Discovery of new genetic risk variants supports a vascular cause
Researchers have identified 28 new genetic risk variants for migraine, many of which are located in or near genes related to vascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Analysis of genetic repeats suggests role for DNA instability in schizophrenia
Variations in the number of DNA sequence repeats are known to exist between individuals. (Medical News Today)

TSRI scientists reveal single-neuron gene landscape of the human brain
A team of scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) and Illumina, Inc. (Medical News Today)

Medications to prevent additional stroke may be less effective for patients with certain gene variants
In a study published online by JAMA, Yongjun Wang, M.D., of Capital Medical University, Beijing, and colleagues examined the association between variants of the gene CYP2C19 and clinical outcomes... (Medical News Today)

Chemical signal can make it easier to personalize medication
An international research team has searched for possible non-genetic causes of common immune diseases and discovered that there is a signal called hydroxymetylcytosine (HMC) in many regions of DNA... (Medical News Today)

'Smoke alarm' one of 36 genes newly found to play role in pain sensation
Genes identified as affecting nerve sensitivity in fruit flies could represent future drug targets in human pain management. (Medical News Today)

Revealed: New insights on causes of sudden cardiac death in the young
Genetic testing has shed new light on the deaths of nearly 500 young Australians and New Zealanders who died from sudden cardiac death in a 3-year period, the New England Journal of Medicine... (Medical News Today)

New gene therapy strategies emerging to combat vision loss
Diseases of the eye that cause vision loss and blindness, especially neurodegenerative disorders affecting the retina, are ideal targets for gene therapy, including gene replacement and promising... (Medical News Today)

Huntington's risk genes '10 times more common than previously thought'
A study of more than 7,300 adults suggests the number of people at low risk of Huntington's disease is 10 times higher than previous estimates report. (Medical News Today)

Pilot study successfully uses DNA sequencing to diagnose brain infections
In a proof-of-principle study, a team of physicians and bioinformatics experts at Johns Hopkins reports they were able to diagnose or rule out suspected brain infections using so called... (Medical News Today)

Landmark study gives clearest picture of genetic causes of bowel cancer
A landmark study has given the most detailed picture yet of the genetics of bowel cancer - the UK's fourth most common cancer. (Medical News Today)

SORLA controls insulin signaling to promote obesity in mice
Large-scale genetic studies have linked variations in genes and proteins to an increased risk for developing obesity. (Medical News Today)

Low attention control in early adolescence is a genetic risk factor for anxiety disorders
University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders. (Medical News Today)

Long-term opioids may not be best pain management option for all sickle cell patients
Small study shows some on opioids reported more pain, fatigue.In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers at Johns Hopkins says overall, those... (Medical News Today)

'Holy grail' of breast cancer prevention in high-risk women may be in sight
Australian researchers have discovered that an existing medication could have promise in preventing breast cancer in women carrying a faulty BRCA1 gene. (Medical News Today)

Fear factor: A new genetic candidate for treating PTSD
Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles have identified a new genetic candidate for testing therapies that might affect fear learning in people with PTSD or... (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer: Existing drug shows promise for prevention in high-risk women
An existing drug called denosumab has shown promise for the delay or prevention of breast cancer among women with a BRCA1 mutation. (Medical News Today)

Shared decision-making allows some athletes with heart condition to compete
No significant difference between well-treated athletes, non-athletes with genetic condition. (Medical News Today)

Nurses calling for more training to help them and other health care staff to support people with sickle cell disease
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is the most common serious genetic disorder in Britain, affecting around 15,000 adults and children. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of four new risk genes associated with multiple sclerosis
Indications of an interplay between genetic and environmental factors.Scientists of the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have identified four new... (Medical News Today)

Advancements in sickle cell disease in the United States
A new supplement from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine describes the state of sickle cell disease care in the United States. (Medical News Today)

Potential drug target identified for Zika, similar viruses
Scientists potentially have found a way to disrupt Zika and similar viruses from spreading in the body.A team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. (Medical News Today)

New mechanism activates the immune system against tumor cells
The body's defences detect and eliminate not only pathogens but also tumour cells. (Medical News Today)

Research may point to new ways to deliver drugs into bacteria
An exhaustive look at how bacteria hold their ground and avoid getting pushed around by their environment shows how dozens of genes aid the essential job of protecting cells from popping when... (Medical News Today)

Genetic mutation causes ataxia in humans and dogs
Cerebellar ataxia is a condition of the cerebellum that causes an inability to coordinate muscle movements. (Medical News Today)

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