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development of depression

How do genetics contribute to the development of depression?

A recent study examined the effects of genes, specifically polygenic in nature, on the development of depression, as well as its severity and age...
pregnancy hormones

Are pregnancy hormones affected by genetics or the environment?

A study published in Maternal and Child Health Journal examined the major factors affecting the level of pregnancy hormones in a large and diverse...
vitamin E

Genetics determine if vitamin E is protective in cancer

New research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the United States explores how genetics impacts the effects of vitamin E in cancer. Nearly half (48%)...
cervical cancer test

Can we use epigenetics to test for cervical cancer?

A study in Canada in collaboration with scientists from the United Kingdom tested the accuracy of a cervical cancer test based on epigenetics.   Infection with...
alcohol dependence

Do genetics play a role in alcohol dependence disorder?

A recent study found the gene most strongly associated with alcohol dependence, as well as other genetic influences and relations. Abusing alcohol is one of...
coffee consumption

How does genetics influence your coffee consumption?

A new study analyzed genetic variants associated with the perception of bitter substances to evaluate tea, alcohol, and coffee consumption. For most people, starting the...
hay fever

The genetics of hay fever

Researchers explored the genetics of hay fever in a recent meta-analysis published in Nature Genetics. Allergic rhinitis, more commonly known as hay fever, is an...
blood pressure in pregnancy

How do genetics and vitamin D levels affect blood pressure in pregnancy?

A recent study examines the relationship between vitamin D levels in pregnant women and the risk for high blood pressure in pregnancy and pre-eclampsia. Women...

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