MONDAY, July 19, 2021 (HealthDay News) — The causes of a type of excruciating headache known as cluster headaches aren’t clear, but heredity is known to play a role. Now, genetic factors associated with cluster headaches are under investigation as scientists search for more effective treatments. Researchers at the KarolinskaContinue Reading

FRIDAY, July 9, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Why do some people infected with SARS-CoV-2 have either no or negligible symptoms, while others sicken and die? Scientists who’ve pinpointed several genetic markers associated with severe COVID-19 say their findings could provide answers to that important question — and targets for futureContinue Reading

THURSDAY, July 1, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A gene therapy aimed at freeing the heart’s capacity for self-repair has shown early promise in an animal study. The study — done in pigs — found that the treatment approach was not only feasible, but also improved the animals’ heart function afterContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, June 30, 2021 (HealthDay News) — A gene variant may be driving high rates of unnecessary bone marrow biopsies in Black Americans, researchers say. The variant is responsible for lower white blood cell levels in some healthy Black people, the investigators said. “We’ve essentially created this racial health disparityContinue Reading

TUESDAY, June 29, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Early research suggests that CRISPR gene-editing technology may some day lead to dramatic relief for patients struggling with amyloidosis, a rare but serious disease that can trigger organ failure. “There are many different types of amyloidosis,” explained study author Dr. Julian Gillmore, aContinue Reading

MONDAY, June 7, 2021 (HealthDay News) — Antibiotics do not reduce the risk of hospitalization or death in patients with a lethal lung disease known as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a new study finds. “We were certainly disappointed in the results,” said study co-author Dr. Imre Noth, chief of pulmonary andContinue Reading