Genetics

As population exploded, more rare genes entered human genome

(Medical Xpress) -- As the Earth's human population has skyrocketed since the rise of agriculture some 10,000 years ago -- to 7 billion people from a few million -- so, too, has the number of rare genetic variants.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

A new picture of dengue's growing threat

Research published today in Nature Microbiology paints a startling new picture of where dengue, the world's fastest-growing mosquito-borne virus, will spread to put more than 6 billion people at risk toward the end of the ...

Ophthalmology

World's blind population to soar: study

The world's blind will increase threefold from about 36 million today to 115 million in 2050 as populations expand and individuals grow ever older, researchers said Thursday.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Alzheimer's stemmed but not stopped, say experts

Soaring rates of population growth and ageing have long been seen as portending a global explosion of Alzheimer's, the debilitating disease that robs older people of their memory and independence.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Predicting disease outbreaks using environmental changes

A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases—those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika—based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of ...

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