A ground-breaking study has brought population-wide screening for genetic faults linked to conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer a major step closer.American scientists used information from the UK Biobank database to identify genetic variants that increase the risk of five common disorders.The results enabled them to produce “polygenic risk scores” for more than 400,000 patients, showing how likely they were to develop one of the diseases.In future, a similar approach could be used to identify at-risk patients at birth, say the researchers.The conditions studied were coronary artery disease, the abnormal heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, Type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, and breast cancer.To carry out the analysis, a computer was programmed to scour more than six million locations in the complete human genetic code, or genome.The system identified many symptomless patients who may otherwise have been missed or only spotted at a late … [Read more...] about Genome screening study flags up individuals at risk of chronic disease
Genetic disease screening program
The heel test or screening of newborns applied in the world health practice will also be introduced in Azerbaijan. The director of the K.Farajov Research Institute, Nasib Guliyev, said that equipment has already been purchased for this purpose. "This is a special screening program. To implement it, you need to purchase certain equipment. It has already been delivered to the country. In a year or a half, the project will be implemented in Azerbaijan. The pilot project will be launched in Baku, at the Research Institute of Maternity and Gynecology, and then in other hospitals on the territory of the republic. Screening of newborns is a blood test that allows early diagnosis of at least 50 congenital diseases. The method is the most accurate for the early diagnosis of genetically determined pathologies. On the recommendation of WHO, screening of newborns is included in the list of mandatory medical tests for infants. News.Az … [Read more...] about News.Az — Your Window to the RegionHeel test for newborns to be applied in Azerbaijan
Member Center:Create Account|Log InManage Account|Log Out Home News Decision 2018 Podcasts Newsletter TV Radio Weather About LIFESTYLE TV11 TV8 Local 2 GNN i94-FM Isla63-AM Entertainment Money Home/Family Health Food Pets Tech Travel Beauty & Style Auto VideoBytes Press Releases Press Releases Kingsley's story: parents struggle to protect local baby with rare skin disease Posted: Jul 13, 2018 4:33 PM Friday, July 13, 2018 4:33 PM EDTUpdated: Friday, July 13, 2018 2:33 AM EDTBy Carmen [email protected] The worst disease you never heard of is what many call a rare skin disorder that one local family is dealing with. There is currently no cure or treatment for it. Meet Baby Kingsley. We spent the morning with him - the eight month old - all smiles. But, on top of that, this adorable kid is living with a rare genetic condition called Epidermolysis Bullosa or EB. "It's difficult to know where to start because it's a very intense condition when he was … [Read more...] about Kingsley’s story: parents struggle to protect local baby with rare skin disease
SAN FRANCISCO -- You probably know where your Social Security card, birth certificate and other sensitive information is being stored, but what about your genetic material? If you or your child was born in California after 1983, your DNA is likely being stored by the government, may be available to law enforcement and may even be in the hands of outside researchers, CBS San Francisco's Julie Watts reports. Like many states, California collects bio-samples from every child born in the state. The material is then stored indefinitely in a state-run biobank, where it may be purchased for outside research. Golden State Killer case opens possibility of using DNA in other notorious cold cases State law requires that parents are informed of their right to request the child's sample be destroyed, but the state does not confirm parents actually get that information before storing or selling their child's DNA. KPIX has learned that most parents are not getting the required … [Read more...] about DNA of every baby born in California is stored. Who has access to it?
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Justina Tavana and Natalia Seufale travelled with the Rheumatic Relief Program team from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, that visited the territory last week, offering free screening for a disease that is becoming prevalent on the island. Last year, American Samoa knocked New Zealand from the #1 spot of having the highest incidence of rheumatic heart disease in the world. Tavana, the associate director of the Rheumatic Relief Program, told Samoa News on Friday that the trip is an internship/ study abroad opportunity for some of the students, and it is also a medical mission. "This is our first time visiting American Samoa," she said, adding that they have made annual visits to screen people in independent Samoa since 2009. According to Tavana, their mission is "to alleviate the burden of childhood rheumatic heart diseases through health education, echocardiography screening, and genetic research." This year's group includes 50 people, 10 … [Read more...] about Rheumatic Relief Program team on island offering free screening