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SNPwatch: Breathe Easier…New Insights From Asthma Research

October 26, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Apple or Pear? How Genes Help Shape Your Shape

October 19, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Jeans Too Tight? Don’t Just Blame Your Genes.

September 23, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation Associated with Endometriosis in Asian Women Identified

September 10, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: New Research Sheds More Light on Role of Genetic Variant in Chronic Kidney Disease

September 02, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

August 31, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

August 05, 2010
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.  ...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Associated with Autoimmune Form of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

June 30, 2010
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,...
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SNPwatch: Four More DNA Variations Linked to Testicular Cancer

June 28, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

June 18, 2010
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...
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