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May 24, 2016

New Disease Gene Will Lead to Better Screening for Pediatric Heart Disease

May 23, 2016 — Cardiomyopathy, or a deterioration of the ability of the heart muscle to contract, generally leads to progressive heart failure. It is frequently inherited, and, because approximately 40 percent of ... read more

Dietary Experiments in Mice Point the Way to Early Detection of Cancer in Humans

May 23, 2016 — Colorectal cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the Western world, mainly because it is usually diagnosed too late. Finding ways to identify those people who are at ... read more

Arterial Switch to 12 O'clock Associated With Reduced Coronary Reserve in Adolescence

May 13, 2016 — Arterial switch to the 12 o'clock position is associated with abnormal coronary perfusion in adolescence, reveals new research. Babies born with transposition of the great arteries undergo the ... read more

May 12, 2016 — A single defect in a gene that codes for a histone -- a 'spool' that wraps idle DNA -- is linked to pediatric cancers, a new study indicates. Histones derive their pattern from the same ... read more

May 12, 2016 — A research team has developed a method, called SLENDR, that allows precise modification of neuronal DNA in living samples. Using their new technique, the research team was able to reliably label two ... read more

Stem Cell Gene Therapy for Fatal Childhood Disease Ready for Human Trial

May 10, 2016 — Scientists who have developed a stem cell gene therapy to reverse a fatal childhood illness have agreed to work with a new therapeutics company to test it in a human ... read more

Researchers Demonstrate Link Between 'Jumping Gene,' Colon Cancer

May 10, 2016 — For the first time, researchers have demonstrated conclusively that 'jumping genes' appear to play a key role in the generation of cancer. This is the first study to ever elucidate this ... read more

May 10, 2016 — Scientists have identified genetic mutations that appear to be a key culprit behind a suite of birth defects called ciliopathies, which affect an estimated 1 in 1,000 ... read more

Mouse Model of Autism Offers Insights to Human Patients, Potential Drug Targets

May 10, 2016 — A new mouse model of a genetically-linked type of autism reveals more about the role of genes in the disorder and the underlying brain changes associated with autism's social and learning ... read more

Epigenetic Study of Lactose Intolerance May Shed Light on the Origin of Mental Illness

May 9, 2016 — A new study on the epigenetics of lactose intolerance may provide an approach to understanding schizophrenia and other complex, serious ... read more

No Evidence Found Linking Anti-Nausea Drug to Birth Defects

May 9, 2016 — No evidence has been found to link the anti-nausea drug Zofran to an increased risk of birth defects. In fact, women with the condition who took Zofran reported fewer miscarriages and pregnancy ... read more

Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy May Lengthen Umbilical Cord

May 9, 2016 — Umbilical cords of children whose mothers used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors during pregnancy may be longer than umbilical cords of other newborn children, shows a new study. Selective ... read more

May 5, 2016 — A cell-to-cell signaling network in mice that serves as a developmental timer that could provide a framework for better understanding the mechanisms underlying human heart valve disease, say ... read more

May 5, 2016 — Researchers have demonstrated that distinct types of glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer in adults, tend to develop in different regions of the brain. This finding provides an ... read more

High-Fructose Diet During Pregnancy May Harm Placenta, Restrict Fetal Growth

May 4, 2016 — Research in mice and women found that consuming a high-fructose diet during pregnancy may cause defects in the placenta and restrict fetal growth, potentially increasing a baby's risk for ... read more

Zika Virus and Health Systems in Brazil: From Unknown to a Menace

May 3, 2016 — A new article examines the Zika Virus epidemic in Brazil and the Americas. On February 1, 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee declared clusters of birth defects suspected of ... read more

Autism and Cancer Share a Remarkable Number of Risk Genes in Common

May 3, 2016 — Autism and cancer share more than 40 risk genes, suggesting that common mechanisms underlying the functions of some of these genes could conceivably be leveraged to develop therapies not just for ... read more

New Function of Genes Found Linked to Fanconi Anemia and Certain Types of Cancer

May 3, 2016 — An important new function of genes in the Fanconi anemia pathway has been identified by researchers – a finding that could have implications for development of new therapies to treat this disorder ... read more

May 2, 2016 — A new study is first to closely follow development of new neurons in the adult brain, giving potential new insight into neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and ... read more

Breast Milk Linked to Significant Early Brain Growth in Preemies

Apr. 30, 2016 — Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth. Those preemies whose daily diets were at least 50 percent breast milk had more ... read more

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