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Conflicting studies on effectiveness of Trump’s favorite drug – remdesivir – in battling COVID? Let’s disentangle this controversy

Marijke Vroomen Durning | Medical Daily | 
[One New England Journal of Medicine study tells] us that remdesivir works in the fight against COVID-19. A few days later, ...
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Risky business: Your brain may be wired to take chances

Sadhana Bharanidharan | Medical Daily | 
Using brain scans, a new study has observed a link between connections in the brain and the ability of the person to tolerate ...
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Hate hitting the gym? Your ‘laziness’ might just be genetic

Melissa Mathews | Medical Daily | 
For some, the hardest part of hitting the gym is lacing up their shoes. But for others, it’s the actual ...
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If you could modify your children’s genes, what would you change?

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Scientists focus on gene editing to eliminate certain debilitating hereditary diseases, but the technology could accomplish a lot more. Recently, the ...
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Excessive hand washing? Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) linked to gene mutations associated with autism

Elana Glowatz | Medical Daily | 
We know obsessive-compulsive disorder has a genetic basis, and now researchers are digging into our DNA to figure out exactly ...
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Key to fighting antibiotic-resistant MRSA could rest with noxious weed species in Florida

Elana Glowatz | Medical Daily | 
Bacteria that don’t respond to drugs are a growing problem, one for which scientists are rushing to find a solution ...
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Obesity changes gene activity which may predict diabetes risk study says

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
In what is being called the biggest study yet on the effect of body mass index (BMI) on DNA, researchers ...
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Have we discovered the genetic mutation linked to increased risk for early-onset Parkinson’s?

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Parkinson’s disease is caused by the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain, but it's still not clear what causes ...
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Gene linked to binge drinking might help treat alcoholism

Lizette Borreli | Medical Daily | 
The ability to stop drinking when you're feeling tipsy or drunk comes easier to some than others. An international research team from ...
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Unbreakable bones and four other bizarre human genetic mutations

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Strange genetic mutations often play into the storylines of Hollywood action films, but in reality...genetic mutations exist in the DNA of ...
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Motivation to exercise may depend on your genes

Lizette Borreli | Medical Daily | 
At one point or another, we've all wondered: What makes some of us gym rats and some of us couch ...
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Staying pregnant: Recurrent miscarriages linked to gene mutations

Lizette Borreli | Medical Daily | 
Getting pregnant and staying pregnant may come easy for some couples, but for others, it can seem like a difficult dream ...
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Brain gene may be key to developing medications for Down syndrome

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Although it’s clear that Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the occurrence of an extra chromosome, the exact genes, ...
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Rare genetic mutations linked to schizophrenia and school dropout risk

Elana Glowatz | Medical Daily | 
A pair of studies in the journal Nature Neuroscience have investigated a link between rare genetic mutations and schizophrenia, as ...

Human evolution: How will our species change over next 100,000 years?

Samantha Olson | Medical Daily | 
Since we became Homo sapiens, has evolution changed us in any way? Actually, yes. ... [An] example is the gene for ...
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Drug administered pre-birth may stop common gene mutations from causing blindness

Mitchell Chamberlain | Medical Daily | 
Researchers at Dalhousie Medical School have discovered a drug with the potential to stop babies born with familial exudative vitreoretinopathy ...

How genetics affects our diet and lifespan

Sharon Moalem | Medical Daily | 
[T]oday[,] we have the technological ability to traverse an immense amount of distance with relative ease...[which] often leaves our DNA ...
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Banning gene editing to modify human embryos could be hasty

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
For many, the word “designer baby” brings to mind images of eugenics...As a result of this commonly shared fear, the ...

Gene mutation linked to aggression and healthy body weight

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Acting aggressive and reckless when drunk could be a sign that you’re a complete jerk, or it could be an ...
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Worries about artificial human enhancement persist among Americans

Ed Cara | Medical Daily | 
[According to] an extensive survey conducted by the Pew Research Center...[s]ixty-eight percent [of over 4,000 Americans] were somewhat or very ...

Seagulls may aid spread of E. coli strain that resists ‘last-resort antibiotic’

Jaleesa Baulkman | Medical Daily | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. According to the Center ...

What determines our personality: Genetics, environment, or both?

Lizette Borelli | Medical Daily | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. According to a study published ...
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Genetically modifying yeast for new flavors in beer

Lecia Bushak | Medical Daily | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Researchers are toying with ...

Heredity increasingly vital for understanding cancer risk

Devan Stillwell | Medical Daily | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  The discovery of the ...

Understanding HIV’s genetic code will help treat patients with greater precision

Susan Scutti | Medical Daily | 
A virus contains its own genes, but it is able to replicate only when it gets inside the cells of ...

Going bald? It’s not your mother’s fault

Susan Scutti | Medical Daily | 
You’re only 25 and you’ve begun to lose your hair? Before you freak out (entirely), remember that everyone loses hair ...
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GMO wine? Scientists developing hangover free nutritionally-enhanced vino

Dana Dovey | Medical Daily | 
Imagine wine, only better for you and without the hangover the next day. Researchers from the University of Illinois are ...

Why does hair turn gray with age?

Lizette Borelli | Medical Daily | 
Saggy skin, (premature) wrinkles, and a stray or gray patch of hair are tell-tale signs of aging. A graying hairline ...
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