Health News - Genetics

Catnip: What do we know about the feline drug?
Catnip is the most famous stimulant for cats. How does it work, why does it not affect all cats, and are there any catnip alternatives? We investigate. (Medical News Today)

What factors influence a person's height?
Genes determine around 80% of a person's height, but environmental factors can also affect it. This article looks at how people can increase their height during development. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia: Largest genetic study offers new insights
The largest study of its kind analyzed genetic information from 3,444 families and found one single gene whose mutations may help explain the condition. (Medical News Today)

Aicardi syndrome: Everything you need to know
Aicardi syndrome is a rare genetic condition that causes seizures, vision problems, and other symptoms. Here, learn about treatments and more. (Medical News Today)

Aggressive melanoma: Circular RNA explains spread
New research in mice and cell cultures shows for the first time that a key circular RNA can block the spread of aggressive skin cancer. (Medical News Today)

Could some antibiotics help treat early onset dementia?
A preclinical study using cell cultures has found that some antibiotics may help address a genetic mutation associated with forms of early onset dementia. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover new autoinflammatory condition
A previously unknown autoinflammatory condition has come to the fore thanks to a team of global experts, who were also able to identify its root cause. (Medical News Today)

Aspirin: Friend or foe after breast cancer?
A new study focuses on DNA change to investigate why aspirin use is linked to different outcomes in different individuals after a breast cancer diagnosis. (Medical News Today)

How two experimental Alzheimer's drugs reverse aging
New research in mice reveals the molecular and genetic mechanisms through which two Alzheimer's drug candidates can reverse aging in general. (Medical News Today)

Could epigenome editing prevent developmental disorders?
Using mice, scientists show how epigenome editing has promise as a way to fix disordered brain development that arises from a WAGR syndrome gene mutation. (Medical News Today)

New diet that matches biological clock may be better for diabetes
New research suggests that a three meals per day — and not a six meals per day — approach brings more benefits to people with type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's risk gene and heavy metal exposure may impair cognition
New research in mice suggests that exposure to cadmium can lead to cognitive decline in those with the Alzheimer's risk gene APOE4. (Medical News Today)

Why scientists are studying hibernation to tackle obesity
New research in hibernating mammals reveals that noncoding DNA may play a role in mechanisms related to obesity control in humans and other animals. (Medical News Today)

Penile melanosis: What to know
Penile melanosis is a benign condition that causes dark patches of skin to appear on the penis. Learn about its appearance and more in this article. (Medical News Today)

Humans and autoimmune diseases continue to evolve together
As humans have evolved the ability to fight pathogens, these same adaptations have led to the emergence of inflammatory diseases, new research suggests. (Medical News Today)

What to know about diphallia (double penis)
Diphallia, or double penis, is a very rare genetic condition. Learn about its symptoms, causes, and treatment options, as well as its effects on a male's life, here. (Medical News Today)

How dormant herpes springs back to life
Researchers have now uncovered a cellular mechanism that may explain how the herpes simplex virus goes into and comes out of hiding. (Medical News Today)

Hair loss on temples: Everything you need to know
There are several potential reasons why a person might lose hair on the temples. Read on to find out the various causes and their associated treatments. (Medical News Today)

New research finds better way of calculating dogs' real ages
A team of researchers says that it has found a more accurate way to calculate dogs' real age and to show how it compares with age in human years. (Medical News Today)

Atrial fibrillation: Height could predict risk
New research confirms that the taller a person is, the higher their risk of atrial fibrillation, a common condition that affects the heart. (Medical News Today)

This vitamin D mechanism helps combat melanoma
Scientists have found that manipulating a cell signal, involving vitamin D, can slow the growth of melanoma cells and their advance to the lungs in mice. (Medical News Today)

Alcohol intake and reduced brain volume: What explains the link?
Data from three different studies suggest that lower brain volume and a propensity for alcohol use may have the same underlying cause: genetic factors. (Medical News Today)

Preventing herpes infections: Study offers new insights
A new study reveals a key protein that can encourage or slow the progression of the herpes simplex virus 1 and tests a compound that blocks the virus. (Medical News Today)

Monkeys: Past social stress impacts genes, health
New research suggests socially stressful experiences that occurred in the past leave a long lasting print on genes and health in monkeys and humans. (Medical News Today)

Brain activity has role in human aging and longevity
After studying human tissue, mice, and worms, scientists link excessive brain activity to reduced life span and find that its suppression can extend life. (Medical News Today)

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