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Lung cancer in non-smokers likely to respond differently to treatment
Lung cancer in non-smokers is a biologically distinct disease from that in smokers, according to a new study. (2020-07-09)
Links between parents' and children's asthma and allergies
New research published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy found that, compared with a father's traits related to allergies and asthma, a mother's traits create a higher risk that a child will develop these same traits in early childhood. (2020-07-08)
Abnormal cells in early-stage embryos might not preclude IVF success
The presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in the genetic profile of early-stage embryos may be far more common - and potentially less threatening - during normal human development than is currently appreciated, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University biologists. (2020-07-08)
Hepatitis C management at federally qualified health centers proves cost-effective
BOSTON- New research from Boston Medical Center shows that routine Hepatitis C (HCV) testing at federally qualified health centers (FQHC) improves diagnosis rates and health outcomes for people with HCV infections in the United States, and is cost-effective. (2020-07-08)
Repurposing public health systems to decode COVID-19
Research published in the journal Microbial Genomics describes how national surveillance systems can be linked with the UK Biobank. (2020-07-07)
Common inherited genetic variant identified as frequent cause of deafness in adults
A common inherited genetic variant is a frequent cause of deafness in adults, meaning that many thousands of people are potentially at risk, reveals research published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics. (2020-07-06)
New heart valve could transform open heart surgery for millions of patients globally
A new polymeric heart valve with a life span potentially longer than current artificial valves that would also prevent the need for the millions of patients with diseased heart valves to require life-long blood thinning tablets has been developed by scientists at the universities of Bristol and Cambridge. (2020-06-29)
World's first genetic and environmental risks identified for common form of childhood epilepsy
A new study of childhood epilepsy has identified the world's first environmental risk factor for the disease - maternal smoking in pregnancy, and discovered a new genetic association with the condition, pointing to potential new treatments for the disease. (2020-06-24)
SARS-CoV-2: New insights on antibody testing and RNA testing
Two types of tests are used to track SARS-CoV-2. Reverse transcriptase PCR (rt-PCR) tests for current infection. (2020-06-22)
Exercise offers 'profound' benefits for Friedreich's ataxia, research suggests
Well-timed exercise programs may slow the progression of Friedreich's ataxia, which robs patients of their ability to walk, new research suggests. (2020-06-16)
Use of unproven COVID-19 therapies by African American patients poses risks
Nearly one out of every 10 African Americans has a genetic variant that puts them inherently at an increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. (2020-06-15)
Study examines the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in pregnant women
A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital has now provided a report on the prevalence of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in women admitted to such units in several Boston hospitals. (2020-06-15)
Up to 45 percent of SARS-CoV-2 infections may be asymptomatic
Asymptomatic infections may have played a significant role in the early and ongoing spread of COVID-19 and highlight the need for expansive testing and contact tracing to mitigate the pandemic. (2020-06-12)
The best parents: Genetically as divergent as possible with similar preferences
The more diverse in genetics, than better. But only in cases of similar preferences. (2020-06-12)
Army researchers find new ways to test swarming drones
The US Army has implemented a one-of-a-kind outdoor system to test swarming drones -- with a capacity of more than 1,500 times the volume of a typical testing facility. (2020-06-11)
Researchers model human stem cells to identify degeneration in glaucoma
More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, a serious eye condition causing vision loss. (2020-06-11)
Aspirin reduces long-term colorectal cancer risk in genetically predisposed individuals
Aspirin reduces colorectal cancer risk by half in individuals at high genetic risk. (2020-06-11)
COVID-19 false negative results if used too early
In a new study, Johns Hopkins researchers found that testing people for SARS-CoV-2 -- the virus that causes COVID-19 -- too early in the course of infection is likely to result in a false negative test, even though they may eventually test positive for the virus. (2020-06-10)
Population ecology: Origins of genetic variability in seals
A new study led by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich researchers shows that fluctuations in population sizes in the past have had a significant effect on contemporary seal populations, and estimates the risk of genetic impoverishment in the species investigated. (2020-06-10)
New recommendations on genetic testing for prostate cancer
Genetic testing for prostate cancer is still not common. New guidelines show why it's important, and which genes to test for. (2020-06-10)
New report examines challenges and implications of false-negative COVID-19 tests
In a new Dartmouth-led paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers discuss challenges and implications related to false-negative diagnostic tests for SARS-CoV-2 infection. (2020-06-05)
Interpreting DTC testing results imposes a major burden on genetics services
A study from Australia finds that because patients are increasingly approaching GPs about the results of direct-to consumer genetic testing, and GPs are ill-equipped to advise them, this is having an impact on already overloaded clinical genetics services. (2020-06-05)
For acute myeloid leukemia, genetic testing is often worth the wait
New tailored therapies offer exciting prospects for treating acute myeloid leukemia (AML), but taking advantage of them may require waiting a week or more for genetic testing before starting treatment, posing a dilemma for doctors and patients facing this deadly and often fast-moving disease. (2020-06-04)
Beating COVID-19 through genomic research
Next-generation sequencing of the COVID-19 virus is providing powerful metagenomic data, which, combined with clinical data, will inform the search for effective treatments. (2020-06-04)
Small study demonstrates sample inactivation may lead to SARS-CoV-2 false negatives
A team of investigators led by Chaofeng Ma of Xi'an Center for Disease Control and Prevention hypothesized that viral inactivation may contribute to false negatives. (2020-06-02)
Genetic risk scores may improve clinical identification of patients with heart attack risk
Researchers at Mass General and the Broad Institute have found that applying polygenic risk scores can identify patients at risk of a heart attack who may be missed in standard clinical evaluations. (2020-06-02)
Thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy being overdiagnosed, overtreated
The current practice of testing most pregnant women for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) may be leading to overdiagnosis and overtreatment, according to new research in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). http://www.cmaj.ca/lookup/doi/10.1503/cmaj.191664 (2020-06-01)
The interface of genomic information with the electronic health record
In an effort to provide practical guidance and important considerations regarding how genomic information can be incorporated into electronic health records, the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) has released, 'The interface of genomic information with the electronic health record: a points to consider statement of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG).' (2020-06-01)
Convenient spit test helps women assess cancer risk from the comfort of their own homes
A SU2C 'Dream Team' co-funded by OCRAA and NOCC presented results at ASCO of ''MAGENTA'', the first large randomized clinical trial aimed at making genetic testing for cancer risk more accessible. (2020-06-01)
ASCO 2020: UK-first study shows feasibility of genetic screening for prostate cancer
Genetic screening for prostate cancer in GP surgeries could be effective at picking up otherwise undiagnosed cases of the disease, a new pilot study shows. (2020-05-31)
New streamlined assay can improve prenatal detection of alpha-thalassemia
In a report in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, researchers describe a rapid, accurate novel assay for nondeletional alpha-thalassemia genotyping based on one-step nested asymmetric PCR melting curve analysis, which may enhance prenatal diagnosis, newborn screening, and large-scale population screening. (2020-05-29)
Simple and readily available saline solution can reliably transport COVID-19 samples to testing labs
In a new peer-reviewed study appearing in The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, published by Elsevier, investigators report that a simple salt solution commonly found in hospitals and clinical laboratories, phosphate buffered saline (PBS), can be used as a medium to reliably transport coronavirus-contaminated specimens to the testing laboratory for periods of up to 18 hours, which is often needed in busy clinical settings. (2020-05-27)
Problems with alcohol? 29 gene variants may explain why
A genome-wide analysis of more than 435,000 people has identified 29 genetic variants linked to problematic drinking, researchers at Yale University School of Medicine and colleagues report May 25 in the journal Nature Neuroscience. (2020-05-25)
Using wastewater to monitor COVID-19
A recent review paper from an international research group shows how wastewater could provide a useful tool for monitoring COVID-19 and highlights the further research needed to develop this as a viable method for tracking virus outbreaks. (2020-05-24)
Researchers uncover the arks of genetic diversity in terrestrial mammals
Mapping the distribution of life on Earth, from genes to species to ecosystems, is essential in informing conservation policies and protecting biodiversity. (2020-05-22)
IASLC survey: Molecular testing rates in most countries less than 50 percent
Access to targeted therapies for lung cancer depends on accurate identification of patients' biomarkers through molecular testing, but survey results published today in the Journal of Thoracic Oncology suggest that many international clinicians are unaware of evidence-based guidelines that support the use of molecular testing. (2020-05-20)
Low rate of COVID-19 found in women admitted for childbirth at Cedars-Sinai
A study conducted by investigators at Cedars-Sinai suggests that universal testing of asymptomatic pregnant women in labor may not be necessary at every hospital. (2020-05-20)
African-American and white women share genes that increase breast cancer risk
The same genes that greatly increase the risk of breast cancer in US white women, including women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, also greatly increase breast cancer risk among African-American women. (2020-05-19)
Personalised ovarian cancer risk prediction reduces worries
Offering personalized ovarian cancer risk prediction to women shows that 98 per cent of participants felt less worried after finding out their ovarian cancer risk status, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London. (2020-05-19)
SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests are useful for population-level assessments
In this Focus, Juliet Bryant and colleagues highlight the potential power of population-level serological, or antibody, testing to provide snapshots of infection history and immunity in populations as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses (2020-05-19)
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