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1 hr ago | Eastwood Advertiser

Black tie ball fundraiser to boost Hucknall's Battle Batten campaign

Hucknall twins Freddie and Louie Dawkins and their story has inspired the community to back their campaign and raise thousands to help them Battle Batten. As the two boys celebrate their ninth birthday today, their parents Sarah and Andrew have launched their latest event to boost funds further to enable a research programme into the rare strain of the genetic disease to get underway.

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Related Topix: United Kingdom, Nottinghamshire County, England, Medicine

5 hrs ago | The New Zealand Herald

Experts: Chopin's heart shows signs of TB

Polish medical experts say that the preserved heart of 19th century composer Frederic Chopin shows signs of tuberculosis and possibly some other lung disease. The findings seem to corroborate Chopin's 1849 death certificate which said that the Polish-born musician died at the age of 39 in Paris from TB.

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Related Topix: Medicine

8 hrs ago | Moray Firth Radio

Experimental Ebola Vaccine Tes...

Around 60 healthy people are expected to be given doses of the vaccine as part of the clinical trial at the University of Oxford. The vaccine is made from a harmless chimpanzee virus that has been genetically modified to carry a benign payload of ebola DNA.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Epidemic, Natural Disasters

13 hrs ago | Bioscience Technology

Newly Spotted Genetic Variants Increase Diabetes Risk

Harvard researchers have identified nine genetic variants that dramatically increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, adding to our knowledge of the disease's underpinnings and providing a glimpse of its vast genetic diversity. Amit Majithia, instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital and a researcher at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, said the variants increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes sevenfold, but are very rare in the population, found in just one in 1,000 individuals.

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Related Topix: Medicine

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Mental Help Net

Blood Test Spots Adult Depression: Study

A new blood test is the first objective scientific way to diagnose major depression in adults, a new study claims. The test measures the levels of nine genetic indicators in the blood.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Northwestern University

Bioscience Technology

Researchers Develop Improved Means of Detecting Mismatched DNA

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

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Related Topix: Medicine

KMIZ

Study: Schizophrenia is 8 diseases

What we know -- and psychiatrists have diagnosed for decades -- as schizophrenia may really be eight separate diseases, research published in The American Journal of Psychiatry suggests. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis analyzed the DNA of more than 4,000 people with schizophrenia.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Psychiatry

Science Daily

Researcher develops, proves effectiveness of new drug for spinal muscular atrophy

Approximately one out of every 40 individuals in the United States is a carrier of the gene responsible for spinal muscular atrophy , According to recent studies. This illness is a neurodegenerative disease that causes muscles to weaken over time.

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Related Topix: Missouri, University of Missouri, Medicine, Genetics, Biology, Science

PhysOrg Weblog

Certain form of baldness at age 45 linked to higher risk of aggressive prostate cancer

A new, large cohort analysis from the prospective Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial, indicates that men who had moderate baldness affecting both the front and the crown of their head at age 45 were at a 40% increased risk of developing aggressive prostate cancer later in life, compared to men with no baldness. There was no significant link between other patterns of baldness and prostate cancer risk.

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Related Topix: Prostate Cancer, Health, Oncology, Medicine, Bethesda, MD

Science Daily

Neuroscientists identify key role of language gene

Neuroscientists have found that a gene mutation that arose more than half a million years ago may be key to humans' unique ability to produce and understand speech. Researchers from MIT and several European universities have shown that the human version of a gene called Foxp2 makes it easier to transform new experiences into routine procedures.

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Related Topix: Genetics, Biology, Science, Medicine

Forbes.com

Here's Something You May Not Want To Know About Your Risk Of Breast Cancer

I'm a Professor of Medicine, Computer Science, and Biostatistics in the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine. Until mid-2011 I was Professor and Director of the Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Health, Breast Cancer, Johns Hopkins University, Bioinformatics, Science, University of Maryland College Park, Influenza

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Science Daily

Brain development in schizophrenia strays from normal path

Schizophrenia is generally considered to be a disorder of brain development and it shares many risk factors, both genetic and environmental, with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. The normal path for brain development is determined by the combined effects of a complex network of genes and a wide range of environmental factors.

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Related Topix: Medicine

Science Daily

Zebrafish genes linked to human respiratory diseases

Hundreds of novel genes in the zebrafish have been identified that could be functionally identical to the human genes required for forming motile cilia, hair-like structures on the surface of airway cells. These are required for removing dust and pathogens from the human airway.

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Related Topix: Cell Biology, Biology, Science, Medicine

PhysOrg Weblog

Genetics reveals patients susceptible to drug-induced pancreatitis

Doctors have discovered that patients with a particular genetic variation are four times more likely to develop pancreatitis if they are prescribed a widely used group of drugs. Clinicians at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Exeter Medical School have discovered that 17 per cent of patients who have two copies of a particular genetic marker are likely to go on to develop pancreatitis if they are prescribed thiopurine drugs.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Imuran, Azathioprine (generic), Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Health

Seeking Alpha

Response Genetics Announces Novel Lung Cancer Testing Approach - Bull Thesis Strengthened

Response Genetics it has launched a new and innovative Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Profile that merges rapid turnaround on National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline markers with next-generation sequencing. When I covered the company in depth I had discussed that novel tests in the pipeline were being developed and could serve as a catalyst for the company.

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Related Topix: Genetics, Biotech, Medicine, Biology, Science, Health, Lung Cancer, Response Genetics, Oncology

UConn Advance

Genetic Screening and Breast Cancer Risk

Last week, the woman who discovered BRCA1, a gene that in a mutated form increases vulnerability to breast cancer, received a Lasker Award for her achievements in medical science. Mary-Claire King of the University of Washington, who simultaneously published an article in JAMA about population-based screening for cancer-related genetic mutations , took the opportunity to call for much wider use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer than currently exists.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Breast Cancer, University of Washington, Ovarian Cancer

PhysOrg Weblog

New knowledge of genes driving bladder cancer points to targeted treatments

The story of cancer care seems so simple: find the mutated gene that causes cancer and turn it off or fix it. But rarely does a single gene cause cancer.

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Related Topix: bladder cancer, Health, National Cancer Institute, Charitable Organizations

Sun Sep 14, 2014

USA Today

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms. Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms.

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Related Topix: Schizophrenia, Medicine, Health, Psychiatry, UC Los Angeles

PhysOrg Weblog

Muscular dystrophy: Repair the muscles, not the genetic defect

A potential way to treat muscular dystrophy directly targets muscle repair instead of the underlying genetic defect that usually leads to the disease. Muscular dystrophies are a group of muscle diseases characterized by skeletal muscle wasting and weakness.

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Related Topix: Medicine, Biology, Science, Cell Biology

Medical Daily

Newly Discovered Prostate Cancer Genetic Variants Could Make Testing For Risk Better

Scientists have identified 23 new genetic variants that indicate a person's risk of prostate cancer, enabling them to explain up to a third of inherited risk. Screening for prostate cancer has seen huge advances, with scientists recently identifying 23 new genetic variants associated with risk of the disease.

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Related Topix: Prostate Cancer, Health, Medicine

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