Genetics News

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 ...

SSRIs During Pregnancy Tied to Uptick in Autism

June 4th, 2014
SSRIs During Pregnancy Tied to Uptick in AutismA new study suggests using common antidepressant medications during pregnancy may contribute to a higher risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children, although this risk is ...

New Research Shows Environment May Factor Into Autism

June 1st, 2014
New Research Shows Environmental Influences May Cause AutismNew research has found that some cases of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may result from environmental influences rather than gene mutations. Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of ...

Mate Selection May Be Influenced by Genetics

May 23rd, 2014
Mate Selection May Be Influenced by GeneticsA provocative new study finds that individuals are more genetically similar to their spouses than they are to randomly selected individuals from the same population. While the finding does ...

Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCD

May 17th, 2014
Researchers Find Genetic Marker Linked to OCDA genetic marker linked to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) has been identified in a new study by Johns Hopkins researchers who published their findings in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. “If this ...

Being Called Fat As A Child Tied to Girl’s Appearance at 19

April 30th, 2014
Being Called Fat As A Child Tied to Girl's Appearance at 19A new study suggests that being labeled as "fat" during childhood is associated with how a girl looks in late adolescence. Specifically, University of ...

Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids’ Aggressive Behavior

April 24th, 2014
Prenatal Smoking + Genetics = Kids' Aggressive Behavior A new study finds evidence that prenatal smoking coupled with a genetic risk for behavioral problems could increase aggressive behavior in children -- especially in girls. Researchers ...

Risk of Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Moms)

April 23rd, 2014
Risk of Child Autism Goes Up With Older Parents (Especially Mothers) Swedish researchers have created a new autism model that predicts older parents are more likely to have a child who develops an autism spectrum ...

Paternal Obesity Raises Child’s Risk for Autism

April 12th, 2014
Paternal Obesity Raises Child's Risk for AutismChildren with obese fathers may be 53 percent more likely to develop autism than children with average size dads, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Previous research ...
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