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SNPwatch: Breathe Easier…New Insights From Asthma Research

Coughing, wheezing, lungs encased in steel (or so they seem) ... asthma makes breathing a challenge for nearly 25 million Americans of all ages. Despite the overwhelming number of people affected, this disease continues to be difficult to understand and to treat. Asthma is divided into two main categories ...

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SNPwatch: Apple or Pear? How Genes Help Shape Your Shape

You’ve probably heard about the fruit-based analogies to describe body shape. “Apples” tend to carry more weight around their waist whereas “pears” tend to be heavier around the hips and thighs. But the differences between apples and pears extend beyond simple appearance. Studies have shown that physical ...

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SNPwatch: Jeans Too Tight? Don’t Just Blame Your Genes.

In 2009, 27% of Americans met the clinical criteria for obesity—a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater—7 percentage points higher than a mere 9 years earlier. Even this staggering 27% estimate may be too low. A large National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) study estimated the prevalence of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation Associated with Endometriosis in Asian Women Identified

Endometriosis, one of the most common gynecological conditions, occurs when tissue from the lining of the uterus implants elsewhere in the body—most commonly the fallopian tubes, the ovaries or the pelvis.  This tissue responds to hormonal cycles by thickening, breaking down and bleeding each month. The blood ...

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SNPwatch: New Research Sheds More Light on Role of Genetic Variant in Chronic Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), characterized by the gradual loss of the kidneys’ filtering ability, currently affects about 10-13% of adults in the United States.  Patients suffering from the most severe form of the condition, end-stage renal disease, require dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. Rare ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

Headaches are a pain -- literally. But while most people see them as a temporary nuisance, many others find them extremely debilitating. For the 8% of men and 17% of women who suffer from migraine headaches, these long, recurring episodes can include more than just throbbing pain: vomiting, chills, ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most common cancer in the world.  More than half a million new cases of this form of liver cancer are reported each year.  Excessive alcohol consumption and obesity have long been linked to HCC, but the main cause of the disease is chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Associated with Autoimmune Form of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss many people are unfamiliar with, although the condition affects more than five million people in the United States.  Unlike male (or, more rarely, female) pattern baldness, which is thought to be caused by hormones, alopecia areata results from an autoimmune attack on ...

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SNPwatch: Four More DNA Variations Linked to Testicular Cancer

British researchers have identified four new genetic variants that may influence a male's risk for testicular cancer.  These results, published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, along with variations in three genetic regions previously identified by the same group, are beginning to shed some light on ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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