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Taking Aspirin to Lower Cancer Risk – When Your Genes Might Defy You

Genetic variation explains why only certain people will benefit from long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs “An aspirin a day keeps the doctor away”. Many...

The APOE e4 Allele Increases Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Would you want to know your chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and if you did, would it change your life? Going, going, gone! There...

Taking control of your cholesterol – APOE and cardiovascular disease

Genetic variation in the APOE gene can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes. At your annual exam two months ago, your cholesterol levels...

Hemochromatosis – 1 in 9 Individuals of European Ancestry Carry a Mutation in the...

The Celtic curse is explained by genetic changes in one gene that controls iron absorption Long ago, Irish Celts worried about "fairies" replacing their...

Are you at increased risk of Thrombophilia?

Three genes predispose one to developing blood clots. You are cutting vegetables, one accidental slip and your finger is bleeding. You are on your bike...

The “Viking Hypothesis” – Genetic Ties to Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Hereditary hemochromatosis is a deadly but treatable disease, found predominantly in individuals of European descent. The gene mutation most commonly associated with hemochromatosis is...

Are you genetically prone to Narcolepsy?

Remember that Friends episode, when Chandler fell asleep at a meeting and ended up with a job in Tulsa? How about the time the...

Do you have the Sickle Cell Trait?

Climbing Mount Everest or crossing the Sahara by camel? Maybe, you’ve secretly dreamed of doing one of these things? Or, perhaps you’ve made a...

Familial Hypercholesterolemia – The Story of Genetics, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Genetic changes put you at risk of this high-cholesterol disorder Danny Jones was a professional rugby player. One day in the middle of a...

Alpha Thalassemia is now a Common Inherited Blood Disorder

When Phileas Fogg made his first trip around the world in 1873, it took him 80 days. In 2015, it only takes 27 hours...

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