New genetic variants lead to diagnoses for children with developmental disorders

By analyzing parts of the genome that do not code for proteins, researchers have identified seven variants linked to developmental disorders. Non-coding regions of DNA could hold the key to diagnosing developmental disorders in children, new research suggests. The study, by researchers at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Wellcome Center for Human Genetics at the […]

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Early acoustic experiences alter methylation in songbird embryo’s forebrain

Researchers at University of Illinois and City University of New York have recently carried out a study investigating the effects of early acoustic experiences on gene activation in songbirds. Their paper, published in Elsevier’s journal Neuroscience Letters, shows that the early exposure to salient acoustic cues can significantly influence the development of social behaviors in […]

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AI technique reveals gut biome’s role in depression and high blood pressure

To solve the elusive medical mystery of why many adults have both high blood pressure and depression, University of Florida Health researchers took a long, in-depth look at one suspected culprit: gut bacteria. The gut microbiome affects physiology and molecular events throughout the body, including parts of the brain that control blood pressure and depression, […]

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Simple, fast, wide-awake diagnosis of sleep apnea could enable better surgical care and improve sleep

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common sleep disorder, but one that is widely underdiagnosed. Its many symptoms and effects may include cardiovascular disease or memory impairment. Fatal accidents can occur when undiagnosed or untreated drivers with OSA fall asleep whilst driving. One reason why there are so many undiagnosed and untreated OSA cases […]

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