Genetics News

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Stroke, Vascular Ills ID’d as Risk Factors in Developing Dementia

August 7th, 2014
A Dutch study has found that those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a fourfold increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that stroke and other vascular damage are important risk factors. The results of the study are published ...

New Research Shows Why Some People Are More Vulnerable to Stress

August 3rd, 2014
A new study may explain why some people are more vulnerable to stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders. Researchers at Duke University have discovered that the addition of a chemical mark atop a gene known for its involvement in clinical depression and post-traumatic stress ...

Blood Test for Suicide Risk?

August 3rd, 2014
A newly discovered chemical alteration in a stress gene may lead to the development of a simple blood test to predict a person’s risk of attempting suicide, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University. “Suicide is a major preventable public health problem, but ...

Mechanism by Which Child Abuse Influences Adult Health Identified

July 28th, 2014
A new study demonstrates that childhood abuse affects the way genes are activated, thereby influencing a child's long-term development. Previous studies focused on how a particular child's individual characteristics and genetics interacted with that child's experiences in an effort to understand how ...

Huge Genome Study Identifies Over 100 Genes Linked to Schizophrenia

July 26th, 2014
In the largest genome study ever conducted on any psychiatric disorder, an international team of researchers identified more than 100 genes linked to the development of schizophrenia. The findings, published online in the journal Nature, could lead to new approaches to treating the ...

Common Genes Linked to Autism

July 21st, 2014
New research sheds light on autism as scientists discover most of the genetic risk for the disorder comes from versions of genes that are common in the population rather than from rare variants or spontaneous mutations. In the largest study of its kind ...

Melancholy Danes? Not So Much, And Genetics May Show Why

July 19th, 2014
Genetics could be the reason why Denmark tops the world in happiness, according to research from the University of Warwick. Economists at the university have been investigating why certain countries rank so high in happiness levels. In particular, they discovered that the closer ...

Schizophrenia, Cannabis Use May Share Common Genes

July 5th, 2014
Genes that increase a person’s risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London.  Previous studies have shown a connection between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it remained unclear exactly ...

Older Moms More Likely to Live Longer

June 26th, 2014
According to a new study, women who had their children at an older age have a better chance to live to an unusually old age. The case-control study has been published online in the journal Menopause. Researchers evaluated data from the Long Life Family ...