Beta Thalassemia – a Blood Disorder Linked to Malaria

Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine in the world, was approved for use in Europe recently and marks a major milestone in the battle against malaria. Malaria is one of the most devastating infectious diseases...

Gut microbiome and the risk of celiac disease

Can scientists look at changes in your baby’s gut bacteria to predict their risk of celiac disease? The link between the gut microbiome, genes and risk of celiac disease. Gluten, a protein found in...
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Curing Alzheimer’s

The latest experimental drug BAN2401 likely won’t be the next miracle Alzheimer’s drug. When Biogen and Eisai presented the results of their Phase II clinical trial for BAN2401 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference...

Alpha Thalassemia is 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 to travel almost 11,000 km, to get from Narita all...

Caffeine may Increase your Risk of a Heart Attack

Knowing how fast your body breaks down caffeine can save your life! It’s Wednesday afternoon and your brain is refusing to cooperate. You join your coworkers on their coffee run hoping caffeine will do...

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 children with changelings or fairy children who suffered from unexplained...

The Ups and Downs of Cystic Fibrosis – Living With a Life-Threatening Genetic Condition

“Woe is the child kissed on the brow who tastes salty, for he is cursed and soon must die.” A warning from the Middle Ages about “bewitched” or “hexed” children who tasted salty when...

Going beyond single gene mutations

Scientists make a DNA breakthrough by using multi-gene test to predict the risk of five diseases. The key to prevention is identifying people who are at higher risk for diseases early on. Since most common...

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 New Year's resolution to be more active and get more...

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

Going, going, gone! There goes your memory and that’s only the beginning. Next you lose the ability to think and reason, then forget how to cook, read or dance. Finally you don’t remember how...

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