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2013-04-12 16:08:11

Researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida participated in a nationwide study that found minor differences between genes that contribute to late-onset Alzheimer's disease in African-Americans and in Caucasians. The study, published April 10 in The Journal of the American Medical Association, was the first to look at the genetics of a large number of African-Americans diagnosed with this common form of Alzheimer's disease (1,968 patients) compared to 3,928 normal elderly African-American control...

2013-04-10 14:38:04

Genetic study of late-onset Alzheimer disease in African Americans identifies unique risk levels A variation in the gene ABCA7 causes a twofold increase in the risk of late onset Alzheimer disease among African Americans, according to a meta-analysis by a team of researchers including experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This is the largest analysis to date to determine genetic risk associated with late-onset Alzheimer disease (LOAD) specifically...

2013-03-18 12:12:49

Tool lets any clinician contribute information about patients for analysis A new online database combining symptoms, family history and genetic sequencing information is speeding the search for diseases caused by a single rogue gene. As described in an article in the May issue of Human Mutation, the database, known as PhenoDB, enables any clinician to document cases of unusual genetic diseases for analysis by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine or the Baylor...

2013-02-26 23:02:06

ABC News recently reported on the societal implications of a pre-implantation genetic diagnosis procedure now being allowed in Germany. This procedure is also available at the IVF New Jersey Fertility Center, which offers insight as to its benefits. (PRWEB) February 26, 2013 ABC News recently reported on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, a procedure that lets parents test embryos for possible life-threatening genetic defects before being implanted in a woman´s uterus. The article,...

2013-02-12 14:01:58

Information prompts individuals to consult physician, inform relatives A 23andMe study of consumers' reactions to genetic testing found that even when the tests revealed high-risk mutations in individuals, those individuals had few negative reactions to the news. Instead of inducing serious anxiety, the test results prompted people to take positive steps, including follow-up visits with a doctor and discussions with family members who could also be at risk. The study, titled "Dealing...


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