Long working hours increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation

People who work long hours have an increased risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation, according to a study of nearly 85,500 men and women published in the European Heart Journal [1]. The study showed that, … Continue reading

Published Friday, July 14th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

Vaccine that lowers cholesterol in mice offers hope of immunising against cardiovascular disease

A vaccine to immunise people against high levels of cholesterol and the narrowing of the arteries caused by build-up of fatty material (atherosclerosis) may be possible following successful results in mice. Now, a phase I trial in patients has started … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Cardiology

China’s mass collection of human DNA without informed consent is contrary to the right to privacy

China holds the largest searchable DNA database in the world; genetic information from over 40 million individuals that is ostensibly to be used in the fight against crime. However, the way in which these data are collected and the protection … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 8:46 am
Posted in Genetics

Screening for both genetic diseases and chromosomal defects with a single biopsy improves pregnancy rates

Couples who are undergoing pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to avoid transmission of inherited diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy or cystic fibrosis, should also have their embryos screened for abnormal numbers of chromosomes at the same time, say … Continue reading

Published Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 at 12:05 am
Posted in Fertility, Genetics

Increasing the age limit for Lynch syndrome genetic testing may save lives

Copenhagen, Denmark:  Raising the age limit for routine genetic testing in colorectal cancer could identify more cases of families affected by Lynch syndrome, a condition that accounts for around 5% of all colon cancers, according to new research presented at … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 1:00 pm
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Genomics tracks migration from lost empires to modern cities

Copenhagen, Denmark: New genomic tools are enabling researchers to overturn long-held beliefs about the origins of populations, a researcher told the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics. Dr Eran Elhaik, Assistant Professor of Animal and Plant Sciences at the … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

New genomic analysis promises benefit in female urinary incontinence

Copenhagen, Denmark: Urinary incontinence in women is common, with almost 50% of adult women experiencing leakage at least occasionally. Genetic or heritable factors are known to contribute to half of all cases, but until now studies had failed to identify the … Continue reading

Published Monday, May 29th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics

Obesity can cause cardiovascular ill-health, even in the young

Copenhagen, Denmark: Higher than normal body mass index (BMI) is known to lead to cardiovascular ill-health in mid-to-late life, but there has been limited investigation of its effect in young, apparently healthy, adults. Researchers have now shown that having a higher … Continue reading

Published Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cardiology, Genetics

Open-access genetic screening for hereditary breast cancer is feasible and effective

Copenhagen, Denmark:  Ashkenazi Jewish women are known to have a predisposition to the inherited breast cancers BRCA1 and BRCA2, but currently genetic testing in this group is limited to women affected by breast and ovarian cancers and those who are … Continue reading

Published Saturday, May 27th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Cancer, Genetics

Balancing rights and responsibilities in insurers’ access to genetic test results

Copenhagen, Denmark: Genetic testing is widely used across the developed world in order to diagnose and predict disease. However, along with its usefulness comes concern about how others, such as employers and insurers, can have access to and use its results. … Continue reading

Published Friday, May 26th, 2017 at 12:01 am
Posted in Genetics