Tag Archives: Genetic Research

No Safe or Protective Level of Alcohol Consumption? (BBC News / Lancet)

Summary Light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the risk of stroke. “I have always been reasonably convinced that moderate alcohol consumption was protective for cardiovascular disease, but now I am having my doubts”. Professor David Spiegelhalter: Winton Professor for the … Continue reading

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Dementia Research Centre in Wales (BBC News)

Summary A brief piece, from BBC News, on the work and aims of the £20 million Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University. Full Text Link Reference Clarke, O. (2018). Fruit flies’ brains studied to help crack dementia. London: BBC Health … Continue reading

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Dementia Researchers Recognised and Rewarded (BBC News / Lundbeck Foundation)

Summary Four dementia researchers share the 2018 (€1 million Euro) Brain Prize (bestowed by the Lundbeck Foundation), in recognition of their joint work on the underlying neuropathological mechanisms thought to cause of Alzheimer’s Disease. Full Text Link Reference Roberts, M. … Continue reading

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Diabetes Patients May Fall Into Five Categories (BBC News / NHS Choices / Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology / BMJ)

Summary Scandinavian research indicates there may not be simply two diabetic conditions (Type 1 and Type 2).  Patients can be separated into five distinct clusters or sub-types, each with distinct symptoms, complications and possible treatments. Cluster 1: Severe Autoimmune Diabetes, … Continue reading

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The Most Significant Breakthrough in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases in Fifty Years? (BBC News / UCL)

Summary An experimental drug for the treatment of Huntington’s Disease shows early signs of being able to lower the level of misfolded proteins (safely) in the brains of patients, thereby having the potential to slow or halt the progression of … Continue reading

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One More Genetic Link in the Longevity Enigma? (BBC News / Sanger Institute / Nature Communications)

Summary People living in the isolated Greek villages of Zoniana and Anogia have a noted tendency to live well into old age. They have a lower than expected incidence of cardiovascular disease, including heart problems, heart attacks and stroke. It … Continue reading

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Francis Crick Institute Opens for Genetic Research (MRC / BBC News)

Summary The new Francis Crick Institute has opened in London. “The Crick has been established through the collaboration of six funding partners: the MRC, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome, University College London, Imperial College London and King’s College London”. Full Text … Continue reading

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