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This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat

This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat

Do you have a particularly pronounced sweet tooth? According to a recent study, your genes might have a say. The gene that drives higher sugar intake may also cause a lower amount of body fat, researchers say. Do you really like sugary foods? One gene variant may explain why. What and how much we eat […]

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How much of our empathy is down to genes?

How much of our empathy is down to genes?

When you’re going through a tough time, some people seem to know almost instinctively what you need, while others, although well-intended, may not be able to offer the emotional support you’re hoping for. Is this because the ability to empathize is innate, or down to our genetic inheritance? A new study investigates. Our ability to […]

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What is the average height for women?

What is the average height for women?

The average height for a woman varies, depending on where she was born and raised. For a woman raised in the United States, the average height is currently 5 feet 4 inches. This was reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and applies to women over the age of 20. Meanwhile, the […]

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What is Apert syndrome?

What is Apert syndrome?

Apert syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that causes a fetus’ facial and skull bones to fuse together too early in its development. Apert syndrome causes facial and skull abnormalities, which can lead to visual impairments and dental problems. Apert syndrome can also cause abnormalities in the fingers and toes. This article will provide an […]

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All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome

All you should know about Waardenburg syndrome

Waardenburg syndrome refers to several rare genetic diseases that cause hearing loss, changes in the color of the eyes, skin, and hair, and changes in the shape of the face. Researchers have identified four distinct types of the syndrome, though there may be additional subtypes. Waardenburg syndrome is named after D. J. Waardenburg, a Dutch […]

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What is Treacher Collins syndrome?

What is Treacher Collins syndrome?

Treacher Collins syndrome is a rare medical condition caused by a genetic mutation. It affects the development of bones and other tissues of the face and results in abnormalities in the head, face, and ears. Other names for this syndrome are mandibulofacial dysostosis, Treacher Collins-Franceschetti syndrome, Franceschetti-Zwahlen-Klein syndrome, and zygoauromandibular dysplasia. Treacher Collins syndrome (TCS) […]

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All you need to know about dwarfism

All you need to know about dwarfism

Dwarfism occurs when a person is unusually short. Dwarfism itself is not a disease and, as a result, it has no single medical definition. Different organizations define dwarfism according to various criteria. The advocacy group, Little People of America, define dwarfism as a condition that results in an adult height of less than 4 foot […]

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Significant increase in number of women tested for BRCA gene, but many high-risk patients are still missing out

Significant increase in number of women tested for BRCA gene, but many high-risk patients are still missing out

Discovery of the BRCA genetic mutation in the mid-90s represented a breakthrough in breast and ovarian cancer prevention. About 5-10% of breast cancer cases and 10-18% of ovarian cancer cases can be attributed to two BRCA mutations. Testing for these genetic abnormalities has risen steadily over the past decade. Previously, mainly women with a history […]