If you’ve heard of the old “nature versus nurture” debate, forget it. When it comes to diabetes, both your genes and your environment matter — and sugar isn’t the only culprit.
Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered that a gene is associated with Cowden syndrome, an inherited condition that carries high risks of thyroid, breast and other cancers, and a subset of non-inherited thyroid cancers.
How common is genetic breast cancer? Does family resemblance matter? Get the facts that answer these common questions about genetics and breast cancer.
If aneurysms run in your family, you are at a higher risk of developing one and should be checked. Learn more about risk factors and treatment options.
Can the length of a man’s fingers affect his lifetime risk of prostate cancer? Find out what the science says.
Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More
Overtreatment of prostate cancer represents one of the most significant issues in men’s health today. As a result of the limited information available from a biopsy, more than 90 percent of low-risk patients undergo immediate treatment, such as prostate removal or radiation, despite having less than a 3 percent chance of their low-risk disease progressing to become … Read More
Most people don’t think about the red blood cells that are hard at work in their bodies every day. But pregnant women need to be aware of the hereditary illness called sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects the hemoglobin protein of red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells have a round shape and … Read More
For the 1.5 million Americans living with rheumatoid arthritis, recent research is worth watching. Answers about the genetics of this autoimmune disease have been hard to come by. But by studying genetic variations, researchers in England have started to answer important questions: Can we predict the severity of rheumatoid arthritis? Can we predict how patients … Read More
Ongoing beliefs that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have persisted. However, ongoing research has shown no link between the vaccine and the disorder. Now, a large new study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association finds the MMR vaccination has no association to the development of autism — even among children who … Read More