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August 2, 2021
That internal voice urging you to curb your coffee consumption may be your genes talking. That’s the upshot of findings from the University of South Australia, whose researchers looked at nearly 400,000 people and found “causal genetic evidence” that cardio health – as reflected in blood pressure and heart rate – influences coffee consumption. People with high blood pressure, angina and arrythmia were found to be more likely to drink less coffee altogether compared to those without such symptoms, and that this was based on genetics.
July 15, 2021
Brain cancer often reveals itself in limb immobility or an inability to speak. Confirmation of the diagnosis comes with an MRI or CT scan. By the time symptoms appear and the scans are complete, a tumor can be too large to fully remove.
July 1, 2021
As the pandemic winds down, or at least appears to, we take a breath to focus attention on some less emergent but still critical aspects of COVID-19. That’s what Politico did in a recent report on the stagnation of drug development not for vaccines, but for treating already infected patients.
June 25, 2021
Oral cancer claims nearly 10,000 American lives a year, and roughly two in five newly diagnosed patients die within five years of diagnosis.
May 20, 2021
Innovators have bestowed upon the world powerful tools for advancing precision medicine – including genomic sequencing, electronic health records, artificial intelligence, and wearables – but how do we put them to work?
May 6, 2021
Psychiatric conditions like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression share genetic commonalities between the sexes, but researchers are on the hunt for important differences. In the largest genome-wide analysis of genes, sex and mood/psychotic disorders to date, researchers report finding noticeable sex-dependent differences in how genes related to the central nervous system, immune system, and blood vessels affect people with these disorders.
April 22, 2021
The trillions of microbes in our guts change over a lifetime – more for some than others. Bigger changes in the composition of our gut microbiomes later in life correlate with longer, healthier lives.
April 13, 2021
What if you contracted lung cancer but never had smoked? It happens in roughly 12 percent of U.S. lung cancer diagnoses: The patient had never smoked tobacco.
March 25, 2021
COVID brain fog isn’t the general malaise we’re all feeling from a year of lockdown. It’s a catch-all term for neurological conditions seen in patients long after a COVID-19 diagnosis, including confusion, headaches, and loss of short-term memory. It’s also something of a mystery.