Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code

The US government recommends newborns be screened for a minimum of 34 disorders (some states may have additional requirements). The standard test involves a small sample of blood taken the baby’s heel. This new test takes only a swab of saliva from a newborn’s cheek; it will probe the baby’s genes for 193 genetic diseases, like anemia, epilepsy, and metabolic disorders. The $649 test is meant for healthy babies, as a supplement to existing screening tests. Continue reading “Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code” »

The Hidden Gene Behind Immune Diseases

Scientists at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in England are suggesting that the role of genetics in the risk of having an immune disease could be missed during research. These scientists and their collaborators have discovered that the contribution of genetic variations in disease risk lies not only in genes but in the molecular “switches” that control these genes as well. Continue reading “The Hidden Gene Behind Immune Diseases” »

Does a Genetic Mutation Cause Severe Obesity?

Obesity has long been looked at as a problem caused by too many calories in and too few calories out, but new studies are finding clues pointing towards hormones, brain-cell oddities, and genetic mutations. Continue reading “Does a Genetic Mutation Cause Severe Obesity?” »

Does Alcohol Damage Your DNA?

We all learn that alcohol is considered a drug and that it has bad health consequences when consumed in the extreme, but it is widely available and considered to be safe enough to drink in public. However, even with moderate consumption, alcohol can have a pronounced effect on our bodies; hangovers are one small example of this. Continue reading “Does Alcohol Damage Your DNA?” »

Find a Diet That’s Just Right For Your DNA

Different diets may be appropriate for different people based on their genetic predispositions. This could be one reason why many people who struggle with obesity despite traditional efforts can’t budge the scale too far.  Continue reading “Find a Diet That’s Just Right For Your DNA” »

New Nanomapping Technology Diagnoses Genetic Mutations

A team of scientists, led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could transform the way disease-causing genetic mutations are diagnosed and discovered. Continue reading “New Nanomapping Technology Diagnoses Genetic Mutations” »

The Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as selection of optimal supportive care, informed medical decision-making, prognostic considerations, and avoidance of unnecessary testing. If you or a loved one have recently begun to show symptoms of epileptic seizures unrelated to trauma, it may be genetic. Continue reading “The Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics

Three UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence projects have received funding to create new and innovative ways to educate and engage teachers as well as the public about genetics. Continue reading “Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics” »

Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments

The year is now edging into that time where thousands of people begin to feel a little blue and just want to curl up under a blanket. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder and can be treated with a mild antidepressant until it subsides in the spring but what about those whose constant struggle with depression has them feeling like every treatment has let them down? Continue reading “Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments” »

Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations? September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month, so this is an important opportunity to discuss getting tested for an increased cancer risk could potentially get you life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer” »