SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

December 15, 2009
Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected...
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SNPwatch: A New Genetic Variant Associated with ALS Risk and Age-of-Onset

December 09, 2009
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and deadly neurological disorder affecting voluntary muscle movement. It typically claims victims’ lives about three years after symptoms begin. In the United States,...
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SNPwatch: Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? It Depends on What You Eat

December 04, 2009
We all know people struggling with weight issues. Maybe they’re overweight and can’t seem to lose the pounds no matter what new diet or exercise regime they try. Or, maybe...
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SNPwatch: New Study Rats Out A Genetic Variant Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

November 25, 2009
Type 2 diabetes is a common disease characterized by high blood glucose levels and unresponsiveness to insulin. Individuals with type 2 diabetes may produce insulin at normal levels but do...
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SNPwatch: Piecing Together The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Puzzle

November 20, 2009
Inflammatory  bowel disease (IBD) is a chronic autoimmune disorder — encompassing both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis —  that affects more than a million people in the United States. Normally,...
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SNPwatch: Three New Genetic Variants Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

November 11, 2009
The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs due to accumulated wear and tear — welcome to old age! — or from repetitive movements or injury.   Rheumatoid arthritis, on...
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SNPwatch: New Variants Associated With Lupus in Europeans and Asians

October 19, 2009
Lupus, which means “wolf” in Latin, gets its name from the skin manifestations sometimes seen in the disease. A physician in the 13th century thought they looked like wolf bites....
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SNPwatch: Two Large Studies Identify More Variants Associated with Blood-Related Traits

October 16, 2009
Previously in The Spittoon, we discussed two papers that identified genetic variants associated with hemoglobin levels in circulating blood. But blood consists of much more than hemoglobin, and it is...
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SNPwatch: The Plot Thickens For Thinning Bones

October 05, 2009
Our bones are amazing structures, capable of supporting tremendous force through complex motions. They do this day in and day out, year after year as we sit, stand, walk, run,...
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SNPwatch: Common Variants May Influence Glaucoma Risk in Individuals of African Descent

September 24, 2009
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and is estimated to affect over 66 million people worldwide. This group of diseases is typically caused by increased pressure in the...
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