Depression risk may be influenced by Neanderthal DNAby Beatrice Credi - 2016.02.16
A person’s risk of becoming depressed may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals. In a new study, released by the journal Science, the researchers focused on bits of Neanderthal DNA that had been identified in prior research. They looked for effects from about 1,500 of those bits in the medical records of some 28,000 Americans of European ancestry for whom they had genetic information. One analysis supported a previously suggested influence on the risk of depression, with some DNA bits raising the risk and others lowering it. The study also linked Neanderthal DNA to risk for some other modern conditions, such as the scaly skin patches called actinic keratoses, urinary-system symptoms and an unusually strong tendency toward blood clotting.
How to provide relief to sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder
Just watching other people wash their hands provides relief to sufferers of obsessive compulsive disorder and might be enough to reduce the urge to perform the action in real life. The findings, led by Cambridge University scientists, could lead to video-based apps designed solely for sufferers. If proven in further Read More.
Modification of human DNA brings hope for fighting rare diseases
American researchers have just succeeded in completing a series of experiments that involve genetic editing of human embryos. The results demonstrate that it might be possible to someday correct defects in DNA associated with congenital rare diseases. This outstanding study conducted by the Oregon Health and Science University, utilized a Read More.
Serious risk of colorectal cancer for obese teenagers
Adolescents with obesity problems risk more than their peers, as adults, colorectal cancer. The alarm has been sounded by a maxi-research released by the Rabin Medical School and Tel Aviv University. They have monitored the state of health of more than two million adolescents who underwent screening and clinical examinations Read More.
Nobody beats Italy when it comes to rare diseases
Italy represents the highest number of centers of excellence in Europe for rare diseases. The country’s network of these highly specialized centers (ERN – European Reference Networks): amounts to 189 out of a total of 942 in Europe (about 20%). Representation of patients in European Patient Advocacy Groups (ePAGs),is also Read More.
Pet-therapy in Milan airports to reduce stress
Pet-therapy in Milan airports to help the small and big passengers relax before takeoff. This is the initiative launched by SEA together with the association Amici Terapeuti Onlus. In fact, for the entire summer, in the boarding areas of Linate and Malpensa, little four-legged friends will make the waiting time more Read More.
Instagram helps women break the silence around miscarriages
Create a space for women who had a miscarriage so they can share their experience. A chance to break the taboo, and the resulting silence that surrounds this traumatic experience. Such is the idea launched by American psychologist, Jessica Zucker, which led to "Ihadamiscarriage”. The initiative is actually an Instagram page Read More.