New guideline in genetic testing for certain types of muscular dystrophy

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 15-Oct-2014 Contact: Duska Anastasijevic newsbureau@mayo.edu 507-284-5005 Mayo Clinic @MayoClinic Rochester, Minn.



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Genetic Testing Guidelines Issued For Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is well-known as a disease that progressively weakens muscles, leading to muscle spasms, difficulty walking, and eventually difficulty breathing. What many people dont know is that MD is actually a group of diseases, each of which can have different effects on the human body.



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Genetic Defect Links Rare Infections to Autoimmune Diseases

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Rare genetic disease protects against bipolar disorder

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 14-Oct-2014 Contact: Jim Fessenden james.fessenden@umassmed.edu 508-856-2688 University of Massachusetts Medical School @UMassMedNow WORCESTER, MA A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) have identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar (manic depressive) disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. The new findings, published online this week in Nature Molecular Psychiatry, show that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder. The discovery was made thanks to decades of translational research in a few Old Order Amish families of Pennsylvania with a high incidence of both diseases.



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UMMS, UMMSM researchers identify key genetic pathway underlying bipolar disorder

A team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) have identified what is likely a key genetic pathway underlying bipolar (manic depressive) disorder, a breakthrough that could lead to better drugs for treating bipolar affective disorder, as well as depression and other related mood disorders. The new findings, published online this week in Nature Molecular Psychiatry, show that a rare genetic dwarfism called Ellis van-Creveld (EvC) syndrome protects against bipolar affective disorder. The discovery was made thanks to decades of translational research in a few Old Order Amish families of Pennsylvania with a high incidence of both diseases



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Breast cancer genetic screening offers vital information, uncertainty

New technologies, and a little help from the U.S. Supreme Court, have made it possible for large numbers of women to find out whether they carry genetic mutations that increase their risk of breast cancer – a development warmly welcomed by experts in the field.



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Penn Medicine's Basser Research Center for BRCA announces $6.9 million in new grants

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 14-Oct-2014 Contact: Katie Delach katie.delach@uphs.upenn.edu 215-349-5964 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine @PennMedNews PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s Basser Research Center for BRCA has announced $6.9 million to research teams both at Penn and at five other institutions across the United States, aimed at advancing the care of patients living with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations through multi-disciplinary collaboration. Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, home to the Basser Center, will serve as steward of the grants. The new funding includes the first recipients of the new Basser External Research Grant Program, a unique funding mechanism for high-impact translational cancer research projects with the potential to advance rapidly into clinical practice.



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Guideline offers direction in genetic testing for certain types of muscular dystrophy

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 13-Oct-2014 Contact: Rachel Seroka rseroka@aan.com 612-928-6129 American Academy of Neurology @GreenJournal MINNEAPOLIS A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) recommends guidance on how doctors should evaluate the full picturefrom symptoms, family history and ethnicity to a physical exam and certain lab test resultsin order to determine what genetic tests may best diagnose a person’s subtype of limb-girdle or distal muscular dystrophy. The guideline is published in the October 14, 2014, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology



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Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine – Wikipedia …

Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (DGEM) The Centre for Dermatology and Genetic Medicine (DGEM).,[1][2] based at the University of Dundee, is a multidisciplinary research initiative translating basic science discoveries in genetic skin disease into clinical application.



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Mountain Lions In Southern California Face Genetic Decay

Image Caption: This female mountain lion, known as F52, was collared in the middle portion of the Santa Ana range. She later died near a busy highway of unknown causes



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How to Cope With a Positive Genetic Test Result

There are precious few tests in medicine, save pregnancy perhaps, where a positive test result is good news. Particularly in the realm of genetics, testing positive for a mutation is often devastating, portending gloomy days of sickness ahead



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Global Genetic Testing Market – Industry Analysis And Market Forecast 2014-2020

LONDON, Oct. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Genetic testing is the analysis of genes, chromosomes, or proteins to help predict the risk of disease, identify carriers (individuals who do not have the disease but …



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An Undervalued Medical Stock At The Forefront Of Predictive Medicine

Imagine a company that takes humanity's most dreaded diseases, predicts your probability of contracting them and recommends the best course of prevention and treatment at a personalized level.



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Scientists find lung cancer can lie hidden for 20 years

By Ben Hirschler LONDON (Reuters) – Lung cancer can lie dormant for more than 20 years before turning deadly, helping explain why a disease that kills more than 1.5 million a year worldwide is so persistent and difficult to treat, scientists said on Thursday. Two papers detailing the evolution of lung cancer reveal how after an initial disease-causing genetic fault — often due to smoking …



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A highway runs through it: Mountain lions in southern California face genetic decay

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 8-Oct-2014 Contact: Holly Ernest hernest@uwyo.edu 307-766-6605 University of California – Davis @ucdavis Cut off by freeways and human development, mountain lions in southern California are facing a severe loss of genetic diversity, according to a new study led by the University of California, Davis in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. The study, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, represents the largest genetic sampling of mountain lions, or pumas, in southern California



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Genetic Tests: With More Info Comes More Questions. NYIT Expert Available to Comment

Contact Information Available for logged-in reporters only As Breast Cancer Awareness month continues, Dr. Bhuma Krishnamachari, an epidemiologist and genetics expert at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, is available to talk about the changing landscape of genetic tests and what it means for patients and doctors. Genetic testing has changed from a single gene approach to a multiple gene approach, says Krishnamachari, who specializes in hereditary cancers.



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High-sugar diet no problem for genetic mutants

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 6-Oct-2014 Contact: Robert Perkins perkinsr@usc.edu 213-740-9226 University of Southern California @USC Imagine being able to take a pill that lets you eat all of the ice cream, cookies, and cakes that you wanted without gaining any weight. New research from USC suggests that dream may not be impossible. A team of scientists led by Sean Curran of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Keck School of Medicine of USC found a new way to suppress the obesity that accompanies a high-sugar diet, pinning it down to a key gene that pharmaceutical companies have already developed drugs to target.



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Genetic test reveals risk of atrial fibrillation, stroke

Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test.



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Genetic test reveals risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 3-Oct-2014 Contact: Olle Melander Olle.Melander@med.lu.se 46-704-546-820 Lund University @lunduniversity Many of those who are genetically predisposed to develop atrial fibrillation, which dramatically raises the risk of stroke, can be identified with a blood test. This is shown by new research from Lund University in Sweden



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Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong Launches Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine to Transform Health Systems

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong announced today the launch of the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine , a 501c non-profit medical research organization established as a charitable support organization for healthcare systems



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