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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...
Can't get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Can’t get motivated? You may be able to blame your genes

Being apathetic may feel like following the path of least resistance. But studies of apathy in the brain show otherwise ...
Neurologic disorders may be linked to brain's immune system

Neurologic disorders may be linked to brain’s immune system

New research suggests there could be a link between certain disorders, including Alzheimer's disease, and the brain's inability to clear ...
There's a reason you have trouble thinking and remembering when hunger sets in

There’s a reason you have trouble thinking and remembering when hunger sets in

Why is it so hard to think while you're hungry? Researchers now believe it may come down to one protein ...
Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Studies have shown that males and females metabolize drugs differently, suggesting we should be spending more time studying those differences ...
What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

Is wine good or bad for you? Much of the attention surrounding the drink has focused on the compound resveratrol, ...
Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Our clock system is in organisms across the planet. Better understanding of our internal body rhythms may help pave the ...
Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
'Designer babies' just around the corner? More scare than science

‘Designer babies’ just around the corner? More scare than science

As CRISPR technology advances, old fears about 'designer babies' resurface. But we are a long way from being able to ...
Unraveling the paradox: Why GMO drugs and GMO foods are treated differently by critics

Unraveling the paradox: Why GMO drugs and GMO foods are treated differently by critics

Many of the people who express outrage over genetic modification of crops because it 'tinkers with nature' are supportive of ...
Does the 'Nordic diet' reduce stroke risk? Maybe, maybe not

Does the ‘Nordic diet’ reduce stroke risk? Maybe, maybe not

Study gives teeth to claims that the Nordic diet--which limits foods to what people in Denmark, Sweden and other northern ...
Sports and war: With concussions, there's little difference between football, fighting

Sports and war: With concussions, there’s little difference between football, fighting

Evidence suggests "early aging" in the brains of troops is a result of experiencing bomb blasts. It may be similar ...
The obesity paradox: Why being fit may be more important than losing weight

The obesity paradox: Why being fit may be more important than losing weight

Instead of focusing purely on weight, a better approach is one that also considers a person's physical fitness when assessing ...
Why identifying 'autism genes' is so elusive

Why identifying ‘autism genes’ is so elusive

Researchers are unlocking the mystery of autism's origin. Yes, it's mostly 'in the genes,' but what that means is one ...
Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Discovery of the rare disease -- marked by blindness, deafness, fragile bones and albinism -- could lead to genetic screening ...
Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

The hard-to-define and hard-to-diagnose condition continues to baffle researchers searching for its root causes -- and potential treatments ...
Colon cancer rates spiking among millennials, but no one knows why

Colon cancer rates spiking among millennials, but no one knows why

It might be tempting for activists to blame GMOs for the rise in colon cancer rates among younger people, but ...
The Sun also rises: Genes and rethinking your sunscreen choices

The Sun also rises: Genes and rethinking your sunscreen choices

We're entering sunscreen season, which means 'high alert' for sun-related skin damage. How does our DNA impact our susceptibility? ...
Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

Behold the octopus: Problem solver, tool user and now, gene editor

The more we learn about octopuses and squids, the more mysterious they become. The ability to edit their own RNA ...
This year's flu vaccine has been 50% effective, and that's not shabby

This year’s flu vaccine has been 50% effective, and that’s not shabby

This season's vaccine was more effective than those of the previous two years at reducing influenza-related hospitalizations ...
Fatty acids: How do all those omegas affect your health?

Fatty acids: How do all those omegas affect your health?

Omega 7 fatty acids are suddenly the rage in health circles. They are found in macadamia nuts, certain meats and ...
Overeating? As with drug use, genetics may drive our choices

Overeating? As with drug use, genetics may drive our choices

Are eating habits a matter of choice and discipline? What role do our genetics play in determining how much and ...
Gluten free: Fad diets are all the rage but here's why they shouldn't be

Gluten free: Fad diets are all the rage but here’s why they shouldn’t be

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, even though only a tiny fraction of us are susceptible to celiac-linked reactions. But ...
Can prenatal supplements reduce schizophrenia risk?

Can prenatal supplements reduce schizophrenia risk?

Schizophrenia has a clear genetic basis, but genes don't tell the whole story. The other factors that determine whether or ...
How vividly do you see and feel the world? It's in your genes

How vividly do you see and feel the world? It’s in your genes

Our emotions conjured up by an experience seems to be partly related to our genes? Could it even be that ...
How epigenetics, our gut microbiome and the environment interact to change our lives

How epigenetics, our gut microbiome and the environment interact to change our lives

There appears to be an incredible, largely invisible world, of cellular communication, symbiosis, and chemistry occurring between ‘us’ and the ...
Polio eradicated? Health officials mobilizing against AFM--rare polio-like condition

Polio eradicated? Health officials mobilizing against AFM–rare polio-like condition

Cases of a rare condition that is characterized by polio-like symptoms have ballooned in North America and elsewhere. Here is ...
Forget about counting steps—Fitbit, other activity trackers won't help you much to get healthy

Forget about counting steps—Fitbit, other activity trackers won’t help you much to get healthy

Activity trackers may create a false assurance - when people see how much they are walking on a daily basis ...