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Environment, Lifestyle Factors Determines Changes In Pain Sensitivity
2014-02-05 09:12:41

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The way you react to pain keeps changing throughout your lifetime, influenced by lifestyle and environmental factors, a new study carried out by researchers at King’s College London suggests. The study identified genetic changes that determine how different people – even identical twins -- react to pain differently. The results from the study could help scientists understand how pain sensitivity differs in individuals, and...

Understanding How To Address Childhood Aggression
2014-01-21 08:41:15

University of Montreal The development of physical aggression in toddlers is strongly associated genetic factors and to a lesser degree with the environment, according to a new study led by Eric Lacourse of the University of Montreal and its affiliated CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital. Lacourse's worked with the parents of identical and non-identical twins to evaluate and compare their behavior, environment and genetics. "The gene-environment analyses revealed that early genetic factors were...

2013-12-19 08:28:12

Largest published clinical dataset in twins of any company offering NIPT SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariosa Diagnostics, Inc., maker of the Harmony(TM) Prenatal Test, announced today the publication of two clinical studies involving twin pregnancies in Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy. The two studies provide information on how to consider use of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) with cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in identical (monozygotic) and fraternal (dizygotic) twin...

Spermbots Remotely Controlled By Magnetic Fields
2013-12-15 05:41:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of German scientists has developed a sperm-based system that could aid in fertilization and drug delivery, according to a new study published in the journal Advanced Materials. New Scientist reports that the system involves placing a bull sperm inside a nanotube. The scientists are then able to remotely control the movements of the sperm using magnetic fields. The speed of the sperm can be controlled be changing the temperature...

2013-12-12 10:27:54

The degree to which students' exam scores differ owes more to their genes than to their teachers, schools or family environments, according to new research from King's College London published today in PLOS ONE. The study, which took place in the UK, looked at students' scores for their GCSE's (General Certificate of Secondary Education), a UK-wide examination at the end of compulsory education at 16 years old. The authors explain that the findings do not imply that educational...

2013-12-05 13:34:48

Non-IVF treatments become bigger contributor Fertility technology in the United States has a huge influence on the frequency of twins, triplets, and other multiple births, according to new estimates published Dec. 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Eli Y. Adashi, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Brown University, and his colleagues calculated that more than a third of twin births and more than three-quarters of triplets or higher-order births in the United States in...

Having Twins Nearly Five Times As Costly As A Single Delivery
2013-11-12 12:56:27

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Advances in reproductive technologies such as ovulation induction and in vitro fertilization (IVF) have helped many couples to start a family, but these medical advances have also resulted in an increase in multiple birth pregnancies. A new study in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology has found US pregnancies that end in the delivery of twins cost about five-fold more than singleton pregnancies, and the delivery of...

Babies That Hear Music In The Womb, Recognize It Months After Birth
2013-10-31 11:14:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Some childhood development experts have suggested that pregnant women play classical music for their unborn child with the idea that the songs stimulate a tiny, developing brain. A new study from the University of Helsinki appears to support this advice with babies in the study recognizing a song they heard in the womb up to four months after birth, according to a paper in the journal PLOS ONE. "Even though our earlier research...

Throwing Out To Rule Book On Parenting
2013-09-04 05:06:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There is no simple recipe for raising children, as any parent will tell you. Parents receive hefty doses of advice – often unsolicited – from others, however the advice generally fails to consider one critical factor: the child. A new literature review of dozens of studies, performed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem, used more than 14,600 pairs of twins to reveal that children's genetics significantly affect how they are parented....

2013-08-28 10:44:41

The fact that taller people also tend to be slightly smarter is due in roughly equal parts to two phenomena—the same genes affect both traits and taller people are more likely than average to mate with smarter people and vice versa—according to a study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. The study did not find that environmental factors contributed to the connection between being taller and being smarter, both traits that people tend to find attractive. The modest correlation...