Ever wonder why it's so hard to keep that weight off as we age?

Ever wonder why it's so hard to keep that weight off as we age?

NIH Researcher has identified a muscle enzyme in mice, called DNA-PK that increases with age, slowing down the body's metabolism.  This increase may lead directly to weight gain.  Wouldn't it be great to have a magic pill that along with exercise and healthy diet helped us maintain that slim figure?  

 

Legislation proposed that will allow employers to ask about employees’ private genetic information or medical information

Legislation proposed that will allow employers to ask about employees’ private genetic information or medical information

Newly proposed U.S. Legislation threatens to weaken protections provided through the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.  Preserve the nondiscrimination protections afforded to all Americans by GINA and the ADA by opposing The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, H.R.1313 . 

 

New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity in People of African Descent.

New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity in People of African Descent.

Obesity is a global health problem, contributing to premature death and morbidity by increasing a person's risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some cancers. While obesity mostly results from lifestyle and cultural factors, including excess calorie intake and inadequate levels of physical activity, it has a strong genomic component (NHGRI, 2017)

What is a Chimera?

What is a Chimera?

In Greek mythology, the Chimera was an awesome fire-breathing monster visualized with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent. Today, a medical definition of chimera refers to the possibility to create human-animal chimeras for human organ transplant.

Why aren't high risk patients with breast cancer getting genetic testing?

Why aren't high risk patients with breast cancer getting genetic testing?

Genetic testing can be a powerful tool for both men and women with breast cancer. This tool can also help identify other family members at risk for disease. But many are not learning about this as an option in their care.

Achieving universal cancer care requires precision and personalized medicine

Achieving universal cancer care requires precision and personalized medicine

In a recent blog, the author emphasizes how important it is that patients “understand the basics of precision and personalized medicine and feel empowered to make decisions regarding how their data will be used for themselves and to save the lives of others.”

A Consortium of Researchers, NSIGHT, tackles big issues for tiny patients

A Consortium of Researchers, NSIGHT, tackles big issues for tiny patients

Ever think about the possibility of genome- scale sequencing in your baby? This publication shares some thoughts about this very real possibility.

Rare Disease Day Bethesda, Maryland USA Feb 27, 2017

Rare Disease Day Bethesda, Maryland USA Feb 27, 2017

Jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Health's (NIH) National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences and Clinical Center, Rare Disease Day at NIH Feb 27, 2017 aims to raise awareness about rare diseases, affected patients and their families, and NIH research collaborations to advance new treatments.