Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes

craving sugar? maybe it's in your genes

The gene FGF21 provides the instructions for creating a hormone of the same name; it is linked with food regulation in rodents and nonhuman primates. This new insight suggests FGF21 might actually moderate some appetites in humans as well. Interestingly, the work also suggests that the liver, which secretes the FGF21 hormone and controls insulin resistance, could be playing a larger role in snack management because it produces this hormone and communicates with the brain. Continue reading “Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes” »

Chlamydia-Damaged DNA May Increase Cancer Risk

Chlamydia-Damage DNA May Increase Risk of Cancer

How much do we as a general public know about sexually transmitted diseases and infections? We know we don’t want them and they can be dangerous, but what makes them so dangerous? Some diseases are resistant to treatment because it mutates DNA. Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease all over the world. Over 90 million new cases of genital infections occur every year. Continue reading “Chlamydia-Damaged DNA May Increase Cancer Risk” »

Scientific Innovation in the Fight Against Opiate Addiction

There are many theories out there about drug addiction, whether you believe it is due to a moral corruption or you believe it is an illness, there is no denying that America is in the midst of an opiate epidemic. There are people on the ground trying to help those struggling but without hard scientific “fixes” all we can hope is that the body count won’t continue to rise. Continue reading “Scientific Innovation in the Fight Against Opiate Addiction” »

One DNA Test Can Save You Thousands of Dollars

What if one blood draw or cheek swab could save you or your company thousands of dollars? It may seem like science fiction, but a simple DNA test could eliminate the guesswork when it comes to prescribing medications. All this is possible with pharmacogenetics testing.

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A DNA Test Can Help Identify Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease

 

In recognition of American Heart Month, it’s a great time to look at an advance in DNA testing that could predict your genetic predisposition to heart disease. Many Americans don’t know their family health history, would you consider it worthwhile to know your risk of developing heart disease? Continue reading “A DNA Test Can Help Identify Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease” »

Is it Possible to Pick a Diet Based on Your DNA?

Different diets may work for different people because of their genetic predispositions. This could be one reason why many people who struggle with obesity, despite traditional dieting efforts, aren’t able to budge the scales too much. However, if aspiring dieters invest in a DNA test, they may find that their genetics can help them choose a diet that will lead them to satisfying results.  Continue reading “Is it Possible to Pick a Diet Based on Your DNA?” »

The Science and Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as the 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 Science and Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?

Were you aware that at least 24% of women with ovarian cancer inherited some sort of genetic mutation? Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have the perfect opportunity to discuss how getting tested to find out if you have an increased cancer risk could potentially result in you receiving life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?” »

Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

Did you know that around 3% of the national population develops psoriasis? Scientists think that around 10% of the population has inherited genes that can lead to developing psoriasis.  Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

Why Should You Consider Pharmacogenetics Testing?

Pharmacogenetics testing uses a saliva sample to create a genetic profile specific to the patient. Physicians then use the information from the sample to run against a list of medications to determine the patient responses to certain drugs. Continue reading “Why Should You Consider Pharmacogenetics Testing?” »