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Time for a third cup of coffee? Your genes may weigh in

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.

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Researchers prototype urine test for brain cancer

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.

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After the COVID-19 peak, challenges linger

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.

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Oral cancer liquid biopsy gets FDA ‘breakthrough device’ approval

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.

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Good boys sniff out aggressive cancer

June 7, 2021

Man’s best friend has one of nature’s best noses, and it’s getting more involved in disease detection, at least in the lab.

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How precision medicine will come together in the next decade

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?

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Biggest study of its kind: How Sex-related genetic differences affect psychology

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.

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What does your gut tell you about your life expectancy?

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.

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What if you contracted lung cancer but have never smoked?

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.

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What’s causing COVID brain fog?

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.

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