Genetics

A genetic map for complex diseases

Although heavily studied, the specific genetic causes of "complex diseases," a category of disorders which includes autism, diabetes and heart disease, are largely unknown due to byzantine genetic and environmental interactions.

Health

Call for national approach on kids' cancer exposure

Australia needs to decide whether to adopt a uniform national approach to the rules on exposing babies and children to cancer-causing chemicals, an environmental researcher says.

Genetics

Disease gene discovered for frequent epilepsy in childhood

More than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, with a third of these being children. The most common forms of epilepsy in children occur without any apparent trigger and only affect certain regions of the brain. This ...

Overweight & Obesity

Gene mutation linked to obesity

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital have identified a genetic cause of severe obesity that, though rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy use in the general obese population. The research, published ...

Ophthalmology

Israel makes dramatic advance in blindness prevention

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of blindness is preventable or treatable—but it remains a severe health concern across the globe, even in industrialized countries.

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