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Genetic Predisposition to Liking Amphetamine Reduces Risk of Schizophrenia and ADHD

Genetic variants associated with enjoying the effects of d-amphetamine—the active ingredient in Adderall—are also associated with a reduced risk for developing schizophrenia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), report scientists...
4/4/2014 2:00 PM EDT

Genome-Wide Association Studies Mislead on Cardiac Arrhythmia Risk Gene

A gene linked by genome-wide association studies to risk of cardiac arrhythmia is found to play only a minimal role in the heart. The mutations within the gene in actuality regulate a different gene, which appears to be the primary gene responsible...
3/20/2014 3:00 PM EDT

Study Reveals a Major Mechanism Driving Kidney Cancer Progression

The shortage of oxygen created when kidney cancer cells outgrow their blood supply can accelerate tumor growth by causing a nuclear protein called SPOP—which normally suppresses tumor growth—to move from the nucleus to the cytoplasm, where it...
3/20/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Autism and Intellectual Disability Incidence Linked with Environmental Factors

An analysis of 100 million US medical records reveals that autism and intellectual disability rates correlate with genital malformation incidence in newborn males, an indicator exposure to harmful environmental factors. The study also finds that...
3/10/2014 10:00 AM EDT

Religious Beliefs of American Muslims Influence Attitudes Toward Organ Donation

American Muslims who interpret negative events in life as punishment from God are less likely to believe that donating organs after death is ethical than those with a more positive outlook, according to a survey conducted by researchers from the...
3/11/2014 12:00 PM EDT

IRX3 Is Likely the “Fat Gene”

An international team of scientists has discovered that the obesity-associated elements within FTO interact with IRX3, a distant gene on the genome that appears to be the functional obesity gene. The FTO gene itself appears to have only a peripheral...
3/6/2014 2:05 PM EST

MEDIA ADVISORY: The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion

The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion reflects on issues relating to medicine and the frailty of the human body.
3/5/2014 2:00 PM EST

New Fins Evolve Repeatedly in Teleost Fishes


A new study analyzing the origins of the adipose fin, thought by some to be vestigial, finds that these fins arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species—a striking example of convergent evolution. Adipose fins also appear to have...
2/28/2014 1:50 PM EST

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