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Mon, 21 May 2018, 19:42 GMT

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Scientists find cell types behind schizophrenia
A study that compares hundreds of schizophrenia-related genes with gene maps of brain cell types locates the few cell types behind the disease's biology. (Medical News Today)

Early exposure to microbes may protect against childhood leukemia
A new analysis suggests that childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia likely results from genetic predisposition and limited early exposure to germs. (Medical News Today)

Why fever can be your friend in times of illness
A mild fever is not just the sign of an infection or viral disease. It actually stimulates the body's immune response, and a new study explains how. (Medical News Today)

What causes multiple sclerosis? Landmark study finds clue
Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, the causes of which remain mysterious. But a new study may now have uncovered a key factor in its development. (Medical News Today)

Colorectal cancer: Some cells are 'born to be bad'
A small study finds that genetic signatures for cell migration and metastasis are already present in early malignant — but not benign — colorectal tumors. (Medical News Today)

'Largest' microbiome study weighs in on our gut health
'The largest crowd-sourced' project to ever have studied the human microbiome has published its first results. They drop new clues about our gut health. (Medical News Today)

Deadly brain cancer stopped with new compound
New research shows that using an experimental enzyme-blocker stops brain tumors from growing and limits the ability of human cancer cells to replicate. (Medical News Today)

Why does mental illness arise? Clues found in the visual brain
A new study finds that the risk of mental illness rises with poor communication to and from the areas of the brain that process and make sense of vision. (Medical News Today)

Body clock gene may protect against breast cancer
One of the genes that regulate our circadian rhythm might also contribute to the normal development of mammary glands and protect against breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Scientists may have found 'best time' to administer chemo drugs
A genome-wide map of busiest DNA repair times could reduce chemotherapy damage to healthy tissue through optimum 24-hour timing of dosage, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Can the eyes really turn purple?
Alexandria's genesis is a fake condition that began in 2005 with a rumor spread online. Supposedly, a genetic mutation can turn a person into a "perfect" being with purple eyes. We describe this myth and real conditions that can alter the color of the eyes. Learn why eye color may change and when to see a doctor here. (Medical News Today)

Depression: Pioneering study pinpoints 44 genetic culprits
The authors of a large-scale new genome study have identified dozens of new genetic variants that can heighten the risk of major depression. (Medical News Today)

How dogs could help us explore our own gut health
The proverbial best friends of humankind give us unconditional love and moments of joy. But can they also enrich our knowledge of our own gut microbiomes? (Medical News Today)

What is Crouzon syndrome?
Crouzon syndrome is relatively rare genetic condition that affects the features of a person's face and head. It impacts bone development and has a range of distinctive symptoms and characteristics. Treatments may include surgery. Most people born with it will go on to live healthy lives after they have been treated. (Medical News Today)

Have some humans evolved into real-life merfolk?
Can the human body adapt to fit different environments? Sea nomad people from Southeast Asia testify to humans' versatility and endurance. (Medical News Today)

Prostate cancer: Big data unlocks 80 new drug targets
In the largest study of its type, researchers find several new prostate cancer drug targets by harvesting and analyzing reams of genetic data. (Medical News Today)

How the brain's 'immune memory' may lead to Alzheimer's
A new study shows that the brain's immune cells retain a memory of previous inflammation, which causes them to react differently to toxic brain proteins. (Medical News Today)

'Mutant ferrets' shine a light on human brain evolution
While using a novel, genetically modified ferret to investigate microcephaly, researchers stumble across clues as to the evolution of our large brains. (Medical News Today)

Could your fitness boost your kids' brain power?
Adult male mice exposed to a stimulating environment with lots of exercise boost learning ability in offspring through altered sperm RNA, study shows. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk
A gene that predisposes people to store excess fat on their belly rather than their hips increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly. (Medical News Today)

Being a 'night owl' could kill you, study finds
If you're a 'night owl,' you might want to change your bedtime habits; researchers reveal that late nights could raise the risk of early death. (Medical News Today)

Blocking melanoma's 'escape route'
A new study finds that, as melanoma tries to evade treatment, it differentiates into four subtypes. Some of these are vulnerable to treatment. (Medical News Today)

What to do about brown spots on your teeth
Brown spots can form anywhere on the teeth, including between teeth or on the tooth surface. These brown or yellowish stains can result from dental procedures, but they more commonly indicate cavities or a buildup of plaque. Here, learn about the many causes, and potential ways to remove these stubborn stains. (Medical News Today)

This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat
One gene variant makes us eat more sugary foods but causes our overall body fat levels to be lower. Is this really as good for our health as it sounds? (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough: Researchers fix Alzheimer's gene
In a first-of-its kind study, scientists use human neurons to study and correct the damaging effects of the APOE4 gene, a well-known genetic risk factor. (Medical News Today)

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