Wednesday, 28 June 2017 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
The National Cancer Institute defines BRCA1 and BRCA2 as “human genes that produce tumor suppressor proteins. These proteins help repair damaged DNA and, therefore, play a role in ensuring the stability of the cell’s genetic material. When either of these genes mutates, or is altered, such that its protein product either is not made or does not function correctly, DNA damage may not be repaired
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How did we get small, loyal Poodles and Corgis, massive sweet tempered Great Danes, and thousands more dog breeds from wolves? What made people decide to breed dogs rather than pigs or foxes to become our best friends? An article inNature (May 2017) sheds light on this by describing research on the bones of 9000-year-old dogs.
Hot Fun in the Summertime As summer approaches, the beach and sunshine beckon us but don’t forget the sunscreen! Researchers at the Mayo Clinic studying the rise of melanomas (skin cancers) found that during 2000-2010, squamous cell carcinoma (also called cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma) diagnoses increased 263%, and basal cell carcinomas increased 145%. They compared
There have been hundreds of movies made about extraterrestrial life from The Arrival to Mars all of which can be found in the SciFi category of Amazon or Netflix. What if now those movies are transformed into documentaries? There have been several missions to Mars to determine if life existed. In 2011 NASA’s launched Curiosity,
We’ve all heard the old adage, “you are what you eat”—so what are you and why does it matter? It matters because eating well ensures a healthy life now and into the future. Your body requires nutrient-rich foods to help protect you against a variety of illnesses and can help reduce your risk of disease.
Sunday, 18 June 2017 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
Congratulations to Dr. Legato, who was selected by Castle Connolly for one of the first-ever “Exceptional Women In Medicine” awards for 2017. Castle Connolly also publishes “America’s Top Doctors®”—which also lists Dr. Legato for several years running. Dr. Legato Interviewed for Article on Gender Bias in Medicine When it comes to illness or symptoms of illness, do
The US Food and Drug Administration approved the first at-home consumer genetic testing kit by genetic testing company, 23and me. The company can now tell its customers whether they carry genes that are linked to 10 significant medical conditions—most notably, late onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Celiac disease, among others. This is a huge
Friday, 16 June 2017 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
Anyone who has ever read futurist Ray Kurzweil’s seminal work, The Singularity, knows he’s an advocate of artificial intelligence, nanobots, and the blending of biology with supercomputers to obtain immortality but until now his writings were merely pie-in-the-sky prognostications. Elon Musk, innovator and CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and now Neuralink hopes to bring Kurzweil’s future
It’s said that there is no medicine for a broken heart, but what if the ability to heal were already within us? Zebrafish have hearts that can regenerate themselves, yet mammalian hearts (including those of mice) do not have the same capacity. However, a new study published in June of 2017 in Nature identified Agrin,
Tuesday, 06 June 2017 by Rose-Marie Brandwein
For those who love chocolate and can’t get enough, here comes yet another reason to love it. Chocolate has been associated with numerous health benefits due to its anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce heart disease and now it’s been linked to lowering the risk of atrial fibrillation—a possible precursor to a stroke or heart