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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Workshop Identifies Complex Health Problems Among Zika-Affected Infants

Feb. 20, 2017 — Children exposed to Zika virus in the womb may face complex health and developmental problems as they grow older, according to discussions at a National Institutes of Health ... read more

Depression Symptoms Among Men When Their Partners Are Pregnant

Feb. 15, 2017 — Men who were stressed or in poor health had elevated depression symptoms when their partners were pregnant and nine months after the birth of their child, according to the results of a study of ... read more

Feb. 14, 2017 — New research findings could provide new insight and understanding of congenital heart ... read more

Children of Patients With C9orf72 Mutations Are at a Greater Risk of Frontotemporal Dementia or ALS at a Younger Age

Feb. 14, 2017 — The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. Researchers have demonstrated that if an ... read more

Low Birth Weight Babies at Higher Risk for Mental Health Problems Later in Life

Feb. 13, 2017 — Babies born with extremely low birth weight are not only at risk for physical problems but are also more likely to experience mental health problems later in life, according to an analysis of ... read more

Gene Discovery Sheds Light on Growth Defects Linked to Dwarfism

Feb. 13, 2017 — A new study shows how errors in a specific gene can cause growth defects associated with a rare type of ... read more

Nicotine Exposure During and After Pregnancy Can Cause Hearing Problems in Children

Feb. 13, 2017 — Nicotine exposure, before and after birth, can cause a child to have hearing problems due to abnormal development in the auditory ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — It is consensus that mothers' diet has critical effects on fetal development, and the absence of nutrients is related to impairments on brain formation. In order to characterize the nutrients ... read more

Feb. 10, 2017 — 'Bench-to-bedside' describes research that has progressed from basic science in animal models that has led to therapies used in patients. Now, a study describes what could be considered a ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Specific genetic errors that trigger congenital heart disease in humans can be reproduced reliably in Drosophila melanogaster -- the common fruit fly -- an initial step toward personalized therapies ... read more

Genetic Study Identifies a New Form of Congenital Muscular Dystrophy

Feb. 9, 2017 — A new form of congenital muscular dystrophy has been discovered which is caused by mutations in a previously un-linked ... read more

Hair Analysis May Help Diagnose Cushing Syndrome, Researchers Report

Feb. 9, 2017 — Analyzing a hair sample may help with the diagnosis of Cushing syndrome, a rare and potentially fatal disorder in which the body overproduces the stress hormone cortisol, according to ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — A new molecular pathway that inhibits the myelination of neurons in the brains of patients with the rare genetic disorder tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) has been discovered by researchers. The ... read more

Feb. 9, 2017 — Using a printed 3-D model as a guide, a Children’s Hospital Los Angeles cardiologist specially modified a stent to repair an 18-month-old’s narrowed pulmonary ... read more

Vital Links Between Brain Tumors and Epileptic Seizures

Feb. 7, 2017 — Scientists report that the emergence of specific brain cells during brain tumor progression in a mouse model marked the onset of seizures and brain tumor ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — Two studies are opening important new windows into understanding an untreatable group of common genetic disorders known as RASopathies that are characterized by distinct facial features, ... read more

Feb. 7, 2017 — The name of the gene is Armc5, for Armadillo repeat containing 5. Until now, its function was unknown. After ten years of research, a team of scientists has succeeded in deleting this gene in ... read more

Pain During Alcohol Withdrawal: Electroacupuncture May Help

Feb. 7, 2017 — Hyperalgesia refers to an increased sensitivity to pain. It can occur during alcohol withdrawal, and may contribute to a relapse to drinking. Alternative therapies such as acupuncture and ... read more

Human Brain 'Organoids' Offer New Insight Into Rare Developmental Disease

Feb. 7, 2017 — Research has used brain “organoids” — tiny 3D models of human organs that scientists grow in a dish to study disease — to identify root causes of Miller-Dieker Syndrome (MDS), a rare genetic ... read more

Severe Newborn Jaundice Could Be Preventable, Mouse Study Shows

Feb. 6, 2017 — A protein that inhibits the enzyme that breaks down bilirubin in newborns has now been identified by researchers. Methods that block this inhibitor, and thus restore the enzyme’s activity, could ... read more

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