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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: Genetic Variations Influencing Hemoglobin Levels Identified

October 12, 2009
Doctors routinely order the complete blood count (CBC) for their patients because they can learn a lot about a person’s health by measuring the numbers of different types of blood...
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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: Genetic Clues to Bowel Disease Found in Mice and Men

September 30, 2009
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which can appear as either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, damages the lining of the digestive tract and leads to abdominal cramps, incomplete digestion and nutritional...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Find More Genetic Variants Associated With Prostate Cancer

September 29, 2009
In the United States, prostate cancer affects about one in every six men.   Genomewide association studies aimed at finding common genetic variants associated with this common disease have been...
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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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SNPwatch: Evidence for Gene-Environment Interaction in Alcoholism

September 22, 2009
Addiction to alcohol is associated with the brain’s reward system, which reinforces behaviors that feel good – like drinking – by releasing neurotransmitters such as dopamine and endorphins. With prolonged...
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SNPwatch: More Evidence That Genetic Variations are Important for Hepatitis C Infection and Treatment

September 18, 2009
Unlike the flu virus, which the body is generally able to fight off completely, infection with hepatitis C is often chronic.   That means for most of the three to...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Flaw that Causes Rare Metabolic Condition May Also Increase Risk of Severe Liver Disease in Cystic Fibrosis

September 17, 2009
New research suggests the primary genetic mutation that causes alpha-1 antritrypsin deficiency, a condition that results in liver damage and a wide variety of other problems, also affects risk for...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations May Increase Risk Of Prostate Cancer In Japanese Men

September 11, 2009
This MRI of a man’s pelvis shows that his prostate is enlarged to almost three times the regular size, which may be a sign of cancer. The prostate is marked...
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