Health & Wellness

Through the study and use of genetics, we can identify measures that could lead to the improvement of human health and wellness. These methods and procedures aim to prevent years of chronic disease and thousands of dollars in health care costs, and provide families and communities with knowledge of how to live healthier.

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Neuroscience needs to globalize focus on mental health

Neuroscience needs to globalize focus on mental health

Neuroscience holds the key to understanding the brain – and to developing more effective treatments for people with mental health ...

Does the air you breathe alter your DNA?

Breathing nasty urban pollution does more than clog up your lungs — it actually messes with your genes. This disturbing ...
African elites blame early puberty on GMOs, sabotaging nutrition-enhanced cassava, matooke

African elites blame early puberty on GMOs, sabotaging nutrition-enhanced cassava, matooke

It is fashionable in Africa to blame everyinexplicable heath condition on genetic engineered food. It's part of a campaign organized ...
Scientific consensus on GMO safety stronger than for global warming

Scientific consensus on GMO safety stronger than for global warming

Scientists blame the media and the lack of quality K-12 STEM education for large differences between public opinion and scientific ...
Will genome sequencing provide impediment to medicine?

Will genome sequencing provide impediment to medicine?

Genomics is increasingly hailed by many as the turning point in modern medicine. Advances in technology now mean we’re able ...

Can actual ‘young blood’ rejuvenate tissue and reverse aging?

Two mice perch side by side, nibbling a food pellet. As one turns to the left, it becomes clear that ...

Myriad Genetics ends feud over breast cancer screening patent

Myriad Genetics has essentially given up trying to stop other companies from offering tests for increased risk of breast cancer, ...
Kevin Folta deconstructs Food Babe's response to students in scathing fashion

Kevin Folta deconstructs Food Babe’s response to students in scathing fashion

Last week, a group of food science students from the IFT Student Association (IFTSA) wrote a letter to the "Food Babe", Vani ...
Related disorders currently lumped together misleadingly as "autism"

Related disorders currently lumped together misleadingly as “autism”

There are so many different genetic forms of autism that using the singular term, autism, is misleading, researchers say. “We ...

FDA intensifies discussions on medical and ethical issues of mitochondrial replacement therapy

On January 27, 2015, a newly appointed committee of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will hold the first in a ...
Bipartisan support found for US personalized medicine initiative

Bipartisan support found for US personalized medicine initiative

President Obama will seek hundreds of millions of dollars for a new initiative to develop medical treatments tailored to genetic ...

Manipulating sex balance in mosquitoes may be key to fighting spread of disease

Dengue and chikungunya are both viruses spread by a species of mosquito known as Aedes aegypti. Dengue sickens 50 million ...

Can cats’ genomes help fight human diseases?

Scientists have recruited a new ally in their battle to fight disease: domestic moggies. They believe the genetic profiles of ...
Where are the missing females? Do skewed sex ratios in China, elsewhere lead to social problems?

Where are the missing females? Do skewed sex ratios in China, elsewhere lead to social problems?

China views its preponderance of men with increasing alarm, but it is not the only place in the world that ...
Ex Food Babe staffer exposé? Does Vani Hari admit to spinning science for money and fame?

Ex Food Babe staffer exposé? Does Vani Hari admit to spinning science for money and fame?

An interesting and revealing exchange with Vani Hari, the self-proclaimed Food Babe, began with an open letter published last week ...

Molecules designed to ‘strangle’ bone cancer cells, furthering search for treatments

Chemists have designed a carbohydrate-based molecule that can surround and strangle bone cancer cells by self-assembling into a tangled web ...

New findings on fragile X syndrome may explain why some drugs prove ineffectual

Scientists have gained new insight into fragile X syndrome, the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability, by studying the ...

Are probiotics actually essential in a ‘normal’ GI tract?

The more I understand about normal GI flora, the more I suspect probiotics are the wrong answer to a wide ...
Extending healthy life through gene manipulation: Sounds cool but it's complicated

Extending healthy life through gene manipulation: Sounds cool but it’s complicated

There has been a recent flurry of news and excitement about tracing the the genetics of athletic ability, effects of ...
Does genome editing mean the end of genetic disease?

Does genome editing mean the end of genetic disease?

In October, two scientists shared the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for inventing the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology ...

Studies in mice show timing of meals important in maintaining body weight

While the diet wars may rage on, it's pretty universally accepted that what you eat matters when it comes to ...
Why this year's flu vaccine wasn't great and what can be done

Why this year’s flu vaccine wasn’t great and what can be done

The unusually poor effectiveness of this year's flu vaccine calls for renewed efforts to create better vaccines, faster. What do ...

Do fatty and sugary foods affect the brain and make you want to eat more?

Obviously, overeating unhealthy foods can lead to overweight. But looking beyond direct effects on expanding waistlines, our lab studies how ...
Nanotechnology and medicine: Coming of microscopic machines that treat disease

Nanotechnology and medicine: Coming of microscopic machines that treat disease

It’s been the stuff of science fiction: Sending miniaturized machines through the human body to repair organs internally, without the ...
US cancer death rates continue sharp drop, down 22% over two decades

US cancer death rates continue sharp drop, down 22% over two decades

In 1991 American deaths from cancer reached an historic peak, claiming the lives of 215 out of 100,000 citizens. In the two ...
Will "non natural" synbio dairy products face same skepticism as GMOs?

Will “non natural” synbio dairy products face same skepticism as GMOs?

Dairy-free genetically modified milk and cheese products could appeal to vegans' environmental sensibilities. But they also face pushback over concerns ...
Stretching human life span to 200 years? Implications of bowhead whale study

Stretching human life span to 200 years? Implications of bowhead whale study

A major player in the anti-genetic engineering nutritional industry is behind longevity studies on whales, that might lead to the ...
While almost all celiac and gluten sensitivity claims are misguided, symptoms are real and treatable

While almost all celiac and gluten sensitivity claims are misguided, symptoms are real and treatable

There is no scientific evidence for a GMO-celiac disease link. It's also clear that non-celiac gluten allergies are wildly overstated ...