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Researchers Isolate Immune Gene That Can Cure Parkinson’s, Dementia

A research team at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, has discovered that non-inheritable Parkinson’s disease may be caused by functional changes in the immune regulating gene Interferon-beta (IFNβ) and targeted treatment with IFNβ-gene therapy can successfully prevent its neuronal death and the disease effects. The results, published in the journal Cell, show that the immune gene IFNβ plays a vital role ...

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Soybean Oil Can Turn You More Obese, Diabetic: Study

We’re all familiar with the harmful effects of sugar, especially fructose content in processed foods. But a new study by American scientists has shown that elevated content of soybean oil in a diet is even more harmful and causes more obesity compared to fructose. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) performed an experiment on male mice by feeding ...

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Anxiety is in Genes, Passed on from Anxious Parents: Study

Anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring, says a new study based on its finding from monkeys that would throw light into the possibility of developing anxiety and depression on hereditary basis. The study from the Department of Psychiatry and the Health Emotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows how an over-active brain circuit involving three ...

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Genes Behind Looking 10 Years Younger, Finds Harvard Study

Why do some people look at least ten to 20 years younger compared to others who look older by mid 20s? Now the scientists have come out with the answer in genes, which make some look 10 years younger with their youthful skin. In a study undertaken by Harvard University and genetic database 23andMe on more than one million people, ...

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Sole Fighter Against Cancer Seeks to Know Hereditary Link

Advocate Rachel Koszegi is on a mission to fight cancer traceable to genes, and she’s not alone in LA. The 33-year-old mother who has tested positive for the BRCA2 cancer gene is one of 12 people in her family for over three generations diagnosed with the same cancer. Now Koszegi is using her family’s genetic history to contribute to cancer research, ...

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Schizophrenia is not 1 but 8 different types: New study

In a key finding, researchers have found that brain disorder schizophrenia has eight different types and not a single type, as earlier thought. Schizophrenia consists of a group made up of eight genetically different types of diseases, each of which presents its own set of symptoms, said researchers. It was believed that almost 80 percent of the risk of suffering ...

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What do we Inherit From Parents? Retro-Viruses that make us smarter!

Millions of years old inherited viruses actually play an important role in making the human brain dynamic and multifaceted in its functions, says a study. These endogenous retroviruses that constitute around five percent of our DNA were earlier thought to be just a side-effect of our evolutionary journey. Retroviruses seem to play a central role in the basic functions of ...

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Gene discovery shows how stem cells can fight infection

Scientists have shown that two genes not previously known to be involved with the immune system actually play a crucial role in how progenitor stem cells are activated to fight infection, revealing a clearer picture of the role of progenitor cells in immune system response. The finding which lead to more effective therapies for a wide range of diseases was ...

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Drink Red Wine, Prevent Head, Neck Cancer

  Researchers have found that a compound known as resveratrol in red wine and grape skin may help in preventing you from head and neck cancer. Alcohol damages cells and resveratrol kills damaged cells, says a scientist who studied red wine and its relationship to preventing cancer. Alcohol bombards our genes. The body has ways to repair this cell damage ...

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Why Women Excel Men with a Strong Sense of Smell?

Finally researchers have zeroed in on brain wiring between men and women to conclude that women excel men with a strong sense of smell, as they have 43% more cells in brain compared to men, known as the olfactory region. Also called olfactory bulb, the region is the first brain part to receive olfactory information captured by the nostrils. With ...

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Diabetes, Heart Diseases Share Same Genes so Occur Same Time: Study

It is common that those suffering from the type 2 diabetes are also facing related other cardio-vascular diseases like high blood pressure or hypertension and often occur together. Now scientists have discovered that the two diseases may be related at the level of genes, proteins and fundamental physiology. The two diseases share eight molecular pathways and several "key driver" genes ...

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