New research is spurring exciting developments in the microbiome, the trillions of bacteria that make up communities living in our bodies. Scientists are exploring how being aware of imbalances in these bacteria could lead to new diagnoses and treatments. All this could have a positive impact on people’s health.
Men can carry BRCA1/2 mutations too, and they increase a man’s risk for developing prostate cancer, melanoma, pancreatic and testicular cancer — as well as breast cancer (though very rare in men).
It also impacts their daughters’ genetic outlook because fathers pass down the BRCA genetic mutation in the same way as mothers do.
Genetic counseling opens a world of proactive care and treatment. But depending on where you live, the scarcity of genetic counselors may make these services seem out of reach. Here’s how tech is changing that.
Talking about diseases and poor health isn’t always easy. But asking a few simple questions — and taking notes for a family health history — start a conversation that leads to better health for everyone.
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.
How common is genetic breast cancer? Does family resemblance matter? Get the facts that answer these common questions about genetics and breast cancer.
Can the length of a man’s fingers affect his lifetime risk of prostate cancer? Find out what the science says.
The microbiome — the genome of the bacteria that lives on and in your body — offers clues on why and how disease starts and spreads.
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
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