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Health News - Genetics

New cell-tracking technique sheds light on breast cancer spread
Cellular barcoding shows promise as a way to identify the few metastasis-driving cell variants from the thousands that are present in breast cancer tumors. (Medical News Today)

Does asthma run in the family?
Asthma has a strong genetic component. This means that people with a family history of asthma are more likely to have it. However, genetics are not the only cause. Learn more about what might lead to asthma here. (Medical News Today)

How genes influence bipolar disorder
If a person has a close relative with bipolar disorder, there is a higher chance of them developing it. Learn more about the links between genetics and bipolar disorder here. (Medical News Today)

Antitumor protein can sometimes promote cancer
Scientists have issued a warning to cancer drug developers by revealing that p53, a protein that usually suppresses tumors, can also promote cancer. (Medical News Today)

What are the stages of multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a long-term progressive disease that affects the nerves. Learn about the types, treatment options, and what to expect at each stage of its progression here. (Medical News Today)

Could targeting this enzyme slow aging and related diseases?
In showing how an enzyme halts cell division by producing reactive oxygen species, scientists shed new light on the biology of aging and related diseases. (Medical News Today)

These immune cells renew themselves after acute kidney injury
A new study in mice finds that after acute kidney injury, kidney-resident macrophages reprogram to a state that is similar to those in newborn mice. (Medical News Today)

How aspirin may benefit some people with head and neck cancer
Regular use of aspirin or other NSAIDs increased survival in people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and alteration in the PIK3CA gene. (Medical News Today)

'Genetic dice are loaded against' obese people
A new study finds that thin people have a genetic advantage that helps them stay slim, while overweight people are genetically disadvantaged. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: Could targeting this mechanism reverse memory decline?
New study identifies gene expression changes behind memory loss and shows how targeting them reverses the loss temporarily in a mouse model of Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

How your immune system uses chaos to prevent disease
New research finds that chaotic swings in the concentration of a certain protein is key for regulating our immune response and preventing chronic disease. (Medical News Today)

Intermittent fasting boosts health by strengthening daily rhythms
A new study explores the impact of fasting on our daily rhythms. The authors conclude that fasting may protect health by boosting cyclic gene expression. (Medical News Today)

ALS: A new therapy may be in sight
New research, led by Harvard scientists, identifies a novel potential therapeutic target for treating amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). (Medical News Today)

Healthy babies' gut bacteria prevent common food allergy
Transplanting intestinal bacteria from healthy human babies into germ-free mice prevented the animals from having allergic reactions to cow's milk. (Medical News Today)

Targeting this protein could help combat aging
Reducing an RNA-binding protein that increases with age improved mitochondrial function in old mice. The finding could lead to new targets to combat aging. (Medical News Today)

How do genetic differences affect the risk of bipolar disorder?
Study shows that brains of people with bipolar disorder have less CPG2 protein and ties mutations in its gene with synapse dysfunction in neurons. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: 9 new genetic risk factors found
The largest genetic study of Alzheimer's to date finds nine entirely new genetic locations that contribute to the risk of developing the disease. (Medical News Today)

What dictates how vitamin E supplements affect cancer risk?
Taking vitamin E supplements increases the likelihood of cancer in some people, while it decreases the risk in others. Why does this happen? (Medical News Today)

Effect of temperature on lifespan depends on genes
Using tiny aquatic animals, scientists tested the idea that colder temperatures extend lifespan and found that it depends on individual genetic makeup. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes and erectile dysfunction may be genetically linked
A new, large-scale genomic analysis suggests that having a genetic predisposition to type 2 diabetes may cause erectile dysfunction. (Medical News Today)

Why do we love coffee when it is so bitter?
Scientists have found a genetic link that explains why some people love the bitter taste of coffee. The findings might also offer clues to disease risks. (Medical News Today)

Our ancestors were enjoying cocoa over 5,000 years ago
Cocoa was very important to our ancestors, and a new study reveals just how early they started to relish this treat, and where it really originated. (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's: Study zeroes in on brain's weakest link
In a new study, researchers find out which brain cells are most vulnerable to the accumulation of toxic plaques that drive Alzheimer's and speculate why. (Medical News Today)

Multiple sclerosis: Could this be why myelin fails to regenerate?
A study finds a previously unknown mechanism that quietens adult stem cells and could be a disruptor of myelin repair in inflammatory diseases, such as MS. (Medical News Today)

What is the secret to women's longevity?
Women tend to have longer lives than men, but why is that the case? The results of a new study in mice may offer an answer to this question. (Medical News Today)

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