MiR-182 is a newly discovered RNA molecule that has potentially momentous influence on the way we treat glioblastoma mulitforme, the deadliest known variant of brain cancer. According to a study conducted at the Feinberg School of Medicine in Northwestern University, this small molecule has the ability to suppress cancer at the source by repressing certain genes … Read More

“Watch what you eat.” How many times have you heard that before? It’s common knowledge that unhealthy eating habits can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. But is that it? Unfortunately, it appears that what we eat may also have an effect on our genes, or, more specifically, … Read More

There has been a much greater emphasis on genetics in today’s research to determine the causes of medical ailments. This focus has allowed gene and DNA sequencing to be more inexpensive and thorough and researchers to better understand heredity and genetics. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is “a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system, i.e. the brain, spinal cord and … Read More

My achy-breaky back and seemingly infinite fatigue often make me feel old beyond my years, but for some, this feeling is much more than a sarcastic throwaway. Progeria, also called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, is a rare (one in four million) genetic condition that causes patients to age very quickly. Patients with progeria begins to present … Read More

Von Willebrand disease is a condition that causes excessive bleeding. Since it is caused by a genetic mutation, it is usually hereditary. However, Von Willebrand can be caused by other factors as well, such as autoimmune disorders or problems related to the thyroid (a gland in the neck that secretes hormones). People who have Von Willebrand cannot … Read More

Emphysema is a disease involving the damage of the alveoli, or air sacs, in the lungs, leading to shortness of breath. The main cause of emphysema is long term exposure to irritants like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke, air pollution, and manufacturing fumes. People at higher risk of developing emphysema include smokers, people ages 40 to 60, and those exposed to secondhand … Read More

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