anorexia

Chasing origins of anorexia: Are there genetic links to the complicated disorder?

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
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Sensory overload: Some people genetically wired to detest bright lights, big sounds

'This world is not built for sensitive people. In fact, our world is designed perfectly for those who are detached.' ...
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Knowledge without context: Why consumer genetic tests can spark needless fears, behavioral changes

Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are growing in popularity. They can tell us a lot about our personal building blocks. But there ...
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Magic and morality: Why some consumers are afraid of GMOs

In the eyes of Susan Schenck, GMOs are pretty much the worst thing going in food. As the author of ...
diabetes

Genetics and Type 2 diabetes: Why weight loss alone may not be enough for some people

People who develop Type 2 diabetes fall into one of two categories — those whose blood sugar can be controlled ...
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Selling yourself? These companies want to pay for your genetic information

Some companies want to rent your DNA - should you let them? ...
cancer

Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed ...
depression

When antidepressants fail: Are we looking at a new kind of depression?

Depression is one of the most frequently diagnosed mental illnesses, with an estimated 15 percent of the global adult population ...
hiv

Using CRISPR to block production of HIV in infected cells

Contracting HIV is no longer the death sentence that it was in the 1980s and early 90s. The first cases ...
SIDS

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome may be linked to genetic mutations

It’s been called a parent’s worst nightmare, and one that very few of us have ever needed words to describe ...
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Fighting deadly adverse drug reactions through precision medicine

Lee Tan, a 41-year-old marketing professional and copywriter in Vancouver, Canada, was diagnosed with high blood pressure three years ago ...
warrior

Chasing the ‘warrior gene’ and why it looks like a dud so far

The year is 2025. The US has gone to war. Young Americans are being conscripted in droves, and those with ...
trauma

Childhood trauma: The kids are not alright and part of the explanation may be linked to epigenetics

The old adage about kids being resilient and able to bounce back from early traumas isn't necessarily borne out by ...
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Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
yoga

Yoga may be good for your mind, body–but what about your genes?

Research suggests that yoga, and similar mindfullness-focused activities, may foster genetic changes that help people cope with stress and avoid ...
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Lose energy after eating broccoli or taking aspirin? Mystery behind salicylate intolerance

The rare disorder has proven difficult for doctors to diagnose, but some estimates suggest the condition is more common than ...
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Battle over America’s waistline: How obesity affects having children and their health

On one side are social forces behind a “fat acceptance” movement seeking to normalize obesity or at least reduce discrimination ...