Genetics News

New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar Psychosis

March 17th, 2014
New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar PsychosisResearchers have discovered a gene that is likely to play a role in the risk of psychosis in bipolar disorders. The condition involves recurrent episodes of mania and ...

Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts Autism

March 16th, 2014
Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts AutismIn an analysis of U.S. medical records, counties with higher rates of genital deformities in newborn males also had higher rates of autism and intellectual disability (ID). This suggests the ...

High-Protein Diet May Prevent Functional Decline in the Elderly

March 13th, 2014
High-Protein Diet May Prevent Functional Decline in the ElderlyA diet high in protein, particularly animal protein, may help the elderly maintain a higher level of physical, psychological and social functioning, according to a new ...

Could Grandma’s Prenatal Smoking Factor into Your Child’s ADHD?

March 6th, 2014
Could Grandma's Prenatal Smoking Factor into Your Child's ADHD?A new study suggests that prenatal exposure to nicotine could influence attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children born as long as a generation later. Florida State University ...

Those With Schizophrenia More Apt to Get Autoimmune Diseases

February 22nd, 2014
Those With Schizophrenia More Apt to Get Autoimmune DiseasesA new study has found that people suffering from schizophrenia face a greater risk of developing autoimmune diseases, such as psoriasis and multiple sclerosis. According to researchers ...

What Do Women Want? Depends on Time of the Month

February 16th, 2014
What Do Women Want? Depends on Time of the MonthA meta-analysis of women’s preferences for mates suggests that ovulating women have evolved to prefer men who display sexy traits, such as a masculine body ...

Scientists Closer to Identifying Bipolar Risk Genes

February 15th, 2014
Scientists Closer to Identifying Bipolar Risk GenesResearchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have taken a major step toward identifying the specific genes that contribute to bipolar disorder. Rather than just relying on ...

Synesthesia Linked to Autism

February 11th, 2014
Synesthesia Linked to AutismNew findings suggest that people with autism have a higher than average chance of also having synesthesia, the condition in which the senses are mixed. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of Cambridge University and ...

Link Found Between Sleep Duration and Depression

February 1st, 2014
Link Found Between Sleep Duration and DepressionTwo new studies published in the journal Sleep have found a link between sleep duration and depression. "Healthy sleep is a necessity for physical, mental, and emotional well-being," said ...

Pesticide DDT May Up Risk for Alzheimer’s

January 29th, 2014
Pesticide DDT May Up Risk for Alzheimer'sOver 40 years ago, landmark environmental legislation followed the discovery that the synthetic pesticide DDT is harmful to bird habitats. Now, new research suggests that exposure to DDT may ...
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