Using mice to understand the genetics behind autism

Numerous studies have tried to understand the genetic component of autism in an effort to understand the origins of the disorder. A few key genes have come up as important including a gene known as CHD8 or Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8. This gene has been shown to be mutated in some individuals with autism and be…

Targeting family physicians to decrease unnecessary antibiotic use

Growing numbers of bacteria are becoming resistant to even our strongest antibiotics. The largest contributor to this rise in antibiotic resistance is over and unnecessary use of antibiotics in the agriculture industry and human health. Antibiotics should be spared for only confirmed bacterial infections but instead are often prescribed to combat any infection of unknown…

Understanding the genetics behind insomnia

Insomnia is currently the second more common mental disorder affecting 10% of adults and 22% of elderly people. Insomnia is characterized by a difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and is followed by sleepiness and low energy during the day time. Insomnia can be caused by stress, chronic pain, restless leg syndrome, heart problems, and…

Low dose Suramin shows small improvements in males with Autism Spectrum Disorder, suggesting new theory about disease origins

Autism is a complex disorder with numerous suspected causes that include genetic abnormalities, exposure to certain prescription drugs during pregnancy, a children born to older parents. At the heart of it autism is considered to be a problem of abnormal brain development that may result in an inability to prune unnecessary neurons from the brain.…

Carbonation in beverages may be responsible for increased food consumption related to obesity

Research overwhelmingly suggests that consumption of sugar sweetened beverages including pop and juice is linked with obesity and type-2 diabetes. Specifically, overconsumption of sugar can lead to excessive weight gain and an increased risk of type-2 diabetes. Many people turn to diet drinks sweetened with artificial sweeteners to cut their consumption of sugar while still enjoying…

Removing old or damaged cells from injured joints can prevent arthritis

Arthritis, or more properly osteoarthritis, is a disease of the joints that results in breakdown of the protective cartilage and eventually the bone. It often affects the joints in the hands, neck, lower back, knees, and hips. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include: pain in the joint, loss of movement, and stiffness. Osteoarthritis is usually caused by…