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  • Scientists unravel genetic basis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
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    One third of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy cases in Finland are caused by one of the four major mutations, a new study shows. Overall, 40 percent of patients carried a specific or a likely mutation causing the disease, and 20 percent were carriers of a rare gene mutation whose role in the... Read more »
  • High IQs won't be enough to prevent ecological disasters
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    High IQs aren't going to be enough to stop an ecological disaster. It's going to take social intelligence, too. That's the conclusion of a new study. ... Read more »
  • Scientists sharpen their molecular scissors and expand the gene editing toolbox
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    Scientists have figured out a better way to deliver a DNA editing tool to shorten the presence of the editor proteins in the cells in what they describe as a 'hit and run' approach. ... Read more »
  • Older biologic age linked to elevated breast cancer risk
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    Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person's age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists. Biologic age was determined by measuring DNA methylation, a chemical modification to DNA that is part of the normal aging process. For every five years a woman's biologic age was... Read more »
  • A 'joint' problem: Investigating marijuana and tobacco co-use
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    A survey of marijuana and tobacco co-users investigators found that co-users with high degree of interrelatedness between their use of the two substances had greater tobacco dependence and smoked more cigarettes per day. However, the finding of a strong link between the two substances was not universal. These finding suggest... Read more »
  • Successful measurement of vitamin D in human hair
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    A new study has reported for the first time that vitamin D can be measured in human hair. This is a major step forward in assessing vitamin D status, potentially one of the major innovations in vitamin D measurement. ... Read more »
  • Stopping inflammation from becoming chronic
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    An international research team has developed a highly sensitive cell model to study the complex effects -- and side effects -- of anti-inflammatory drugs, with the ultimate aim of preventing chronic inflammation. ... Read more »
  • Split and continuous sleep in teens impact cognition and glucose levels differently
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    Under conditions of insufficient sleep, effects on cognitive performance and morning glucose levels vary depending on how sleep is distributed. ... Read more »
  • How diabetes causes muscle loss
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    Diabetes is associated with various health problems including decline in skeletal muscle mass. A research group revealed that elevation of blood sugar levels leads to muscle atrophy and that two proteins play key roles in this phenomenon. ... Read more »
  • Halving the global impact of snakebite
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    New strategy aims to ensure safe, effective and affordable treatment for all; empower communities at all levels to take proactive action; strengthen health systems to deliver better outcomes; build a global coalition of partners to coordinate action and mobilise resources. ... Read more »

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