The final puff: Can New Zealand quit smoking for good?
Smoking kills. Ayesha Verrall has seen it up close. As a young resident physician in New Zealand’s public hospitals in the 2000s, Verrall watched smokers come into the emergency ward every night, struggling to breathe with their damaged lungs. Later, as an infectious disease specialist, she saw how smoking exacerbated illness in individuals diagnosed with tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. She would tell them: “The best thing you can do to promote your health, other than take the pills, is to quit smoking.” Verrall is still urging citizens to give up cigarettes—no longer just one by one, but by the thousands. As N...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 9, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Twins Study Shows Exercise Altering How Genes Behave
FRIDAY, Dec. 9, 2022 -- One might expect identical twins to have the same health outcomes. But it ’s not just genetics that makes a notable difference in their weight and in how their genes behave, according to a new study. Exercise can alter... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 9, 2022 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Exclusive: Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Has Quietly Donated More Than $1 Billion Toward This One Specific Disease
A dozen years ago Google cofounder Sergey Brin disclosed in a rare interview that he has a much higher chance of getting Parkinson’s disease than the general population, due to a genetic mutation. Since then, without fanfare, Brin–now the world’s 12th richest person, worth $78 billion, per…#rem #philbuchanan #johndrockefellerfunded #harryhelmsley #ekeminiriley #billmelindagatesfoundation #foxfoundations #asap #rockefellerfoundation #petertass (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 9, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Exclusive: Google Cofounder Sergey Brin Has Quietly Donated More Than $1 Billion Toward This One Specific Disease
Brin, who more than a decade ago revealed that he has a genetic mutation that gives him a higher risk of getting Parkinson ’s Disease, has quietly given hundreds of millions of dollars a year to research what exactly causes the debilitating neurological disease and, in time, how to cure it. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 9, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kerry A. Dolan, Forbes Staff Tags: Billionaires /worlds-billionaires Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare lists kerryadolanblog Source Type: news

Racism And Discrimination Are A Key Public Health Threat —But Overlooked And Dismissed Using Poor Science, Researchers Warn
Arguments which suggest genetic differences can explain health inequalities between different groups show “eugenic thinking lives on” today, researchers said. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 8, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Hart, Forbes Staff Tags: Business /business Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Science /science Breaking breaking-news Source Type: news

Mysterious ancient humans may have given people of Papua New Guinea an immune advantage
When modern humans first migrated from Africa to the tropical islands of the southwest Pacific, they encountered unfamiliar people and new pathogens. But their immune systems may have picked up some survival tricks when they mated with the locals—the mysterious Denisovans who gave them immune gene variants that might have protected the newcomers’ offspring from local diseases. Some of these variants still persist in the genomes of people living in Papua New Guinea today, according to a new study. Researchers have known for a decade that living people in Papua New Guinea and other parts of Melanesia, a s...
Source: ScienceNOW - December 8, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Having this condition could increase your risk of Alzheimer’s
According to recent research, a genetic predisposition to ADHD could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer's. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - December 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genetic risk of ADHD may boost odds of Alzheimer's in old age
Having a genetic predisposition to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can predict cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease in old age, early research suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Book Review
Our Transgenic Future: Spider Goats, Genetic Modification, and the Will to Change is not a companion piece to As Gods: A Moral History of the Genetic Age, which I reviewed earlier this week. As Gods meticulously and rather dryly traces the history of genetic engineering and recounts the cultural…#sunypurchase #sunni #geneticmodification #conclusion #utah #rna #lisajeanmoores #nyupress #transness #florida (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Getting ready for primetime in cell & gene therapy
Cell and gene therapies (CGTs) have a lot going for them from an industry perspective – with a market predicted to reach US$50 billion annually by 2027,   an opportunity to expand the frontier of medical science and the potential to save or improve countless lives. But with logistical, supply chain and manufacturing complexities interwoven into development, bringing CGTs to large patient populations may prove uniquely challenging.With over 3,633 therapies in development as of mid-2022,  CGTs are two of the fastest-growing areas of healthcare. To date, less than two dozen therapies have made it to market, but this numbe...
Source: EyeForPharma - December 8, 2022 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Clare Jackson Source Type: news

Genetic profile in genes associated with muscle injuries and injury etiology in professional soccer players - Maestro A, Del Coso J, Aguilar-Navarro M, Gutierrez-Hell ín J, Morencos E, Revuelta G, Ruiz Casares E, Perucho T, Varillas-Delgado D.
Many causes define injuries in professional soccer players. In recent years, the study of genetics in association with injuries has been of great interest. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between muscle injury-related genes, injur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 8, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

DNA from 2m years ago reveals lost Arctic world
Breakthrough pushes back DNA record by 1m years to time when region was 11 –19C warmer than todayTwo-million-year-old DNA from northern Greenland has revealed that the region was once home to mastodons, lemmings and geese, offering unprecedented insights into how climate change can shape ecosystems.The breakthrough in ancient DNA analysis pushes back the DNA record by 1m years to a time when the Arctic region was 11-19C warmer than the present day. The analysis reveals that the northern peninsula of Greenland, now a polar desert, once featured boreal forests of poplar and birch trees teeming with wildlife. The work offer...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 7, 2022 Category: Science Authors: Hannah Devlin Science correspondent Tags: Science Palaeontology Greenland Arctic Genetics Source Type: news

2023 C. elegans Community Mentor Match Program – MENTEE sign-ups!
The Mentor Match committee is happy to announce Phase 2 of the 2023 C. elegans Community Mentor Match Program – MENTEE sign-ups!  MENTEES can be postdocs or faculty members at any career stage. You can be both a MENTEE and a MENTOR of more junior researchers if appropriate. MENTEES, please sign up here by December 31, 2022. See our fantastic list of 80 available MENTORS to choose from here. As a MENTEE, you can: Be paired with a specific MENTOR and/or join a PEER MENTORING groupGet advice about the next steps in your careerGet a broader perspective from outside your specific lab an...
Source: WormBase - December 7, 2022 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Ranjana Kishore Tags: community news Uncategorized mentor match initiative Source Type: news

How Peninsula biotech Vega Therapeutics looks to stanch a genetic bleeding disease
The startup, spun out of sibling biotech group in South San Francisco, expects to start a clinical trial in a rare bleeding disorder early next year. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 7, 2022 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

How Gene Editing Could Help Solve the Problem of Poor Cholesterol
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. and around the world. Though it’s held the top spot for decades, it wasn’t always the king of mortal maladies. Its ascension was propelled by two of medical science’s greatest successes. “Before the 20th century, heart disease was an uncommon cause of death,” says Dr. Michael Shapiro, a professor of cardiology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Bacterial infections such as tuberculosis and dysentery, as well as smallpox and other contagious viruses, were common killers. “Antibiotics and vaccines changed every...
Source: TIME: Health - December 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Markham Heid Tags: Uncategorized healthscienceclimate heart health Source Type: news