Healthcare

Genomics will change what patients expect from their provider, as well as change how physicians treat them. Before this happens, education on both sides is needed. This month we look at some of the big talking points.

Anti-Starvation Mechanism Behind Obesity Epidemic

An evolutionary survival mechanism that helped early humans avoid starvation could be behind the obesity epidemic in society today. Starvation puts considerable stress on cells. The body responds with a mechanism that blocks fat from burning when the body is starving, injured or cold. This enables energy to be conserved so people can survive longer, […]

First AI-Designed Vaccine Created

Researchers have revealed the first vaccine purely designed by artificial intelligence (AI). This has the potential to revolutionise the drug discovery process by making it quicker, cheaper and producing more effective drugs. From target discovery to market, the drug discovery process takes on average nine years and millions of dollars. The majority of this time […]

Biobank 2019 — An Interview with Professor Joshua Denny, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The UK Biobank’s 2019 scientific conference concluded this month, showcasing fantastic speakers on topics ranging from use of the UK Biobank, to using genomics to understand individual risk. Among them was Professor Josh Denny, Vanderbilt University. FLG spoke to him about his talk on phenome-wide association studies (PheWAS): a research technique used to understand what disease associations can be made with a given gene.

Study Suggests Genetic Basis for Anorexia

A new genetic study has revealed anorexia, previously thought to be solely a psychiatric disease, is influenced by metabolic factors. Anorexia is an eating disorder and a serious mental health condition. Sufferers try to keep their weight as low as possible by eating as little as possible or exercising as much as they can. Sufferers […]

Genomic Barcode Identifies Immune Cells that Can Tackle Cancer

Researchers have developed a new technique to pinpoint immune cells in cancer patients that are reactive against their disease. This research could lead to more targeted immune-based therapies for cancer patients. Immunotherapy is a relatively new field of cancer treatment which works by promoting the patient’s immune system to fight against the cancer. Although immune […]

Healthy Lifestyle can Reduce Genetic Risk for Dementia

A study has shown that you can reduce your risk of getting dementia by adapting a healthy lifestyle, regardless of your genetic pre-disposition. Genetic factors can increase a person’s likelihood of getting dementia, but until now it was not known if making lifestyle changes could reduce this risk. 196,383 individuals above 60 years of age […]

Malnourished Children Recover Better with Microbiome Repairing Food

A new treatment for malnourished children, using food that promotes a healthy microbiome, has been found to aid recovery better than current alternatives. Malnourished children often struggle to recover and find gaining weight again extremely difficult, even with sufficient food. Scientists have long suspected this is due to the role of the gut microbiome. Gut […]

France To Stop Funding Homeopathy Medication

The French Healthcare Minister has announced that the government will stop the funding of homeopathic remedies by 2021. It is estimated that the policy will save €127 million ($142.30 million). Homeopathy is an alternative medicine practice based on the philosophy that ‘like cures like.’ For example, if an ill person is displaying certain symptoms then […]

Boys in England to be Offered HPV Vaccine

From September 2019 boys in England will be offered the HPV vaccine free on the NHS to reduce the spread of HPV related cancers. England will join Scotland and Australia in making the vaccine available to both genders to extend its successful immunisation programme. Human papillomavirus (HPV) causes the majority of cervical cancers cases in […]

Common Cold Virus as a Treatment for Bladder Cancer

A variant of the common cold virus has shown promising trial results as a treatment for bladder cancer. Bladder cancer is the tenth highest incident cancer in the UK and kills approximately 5,300 people a year. Current treatments for bladder cancer mostly have high recurrence rates or dangerous side-effects. 15 non-muscle invasive bladder cancer patients […]

Genetic Variant Increases Pre-Disposition to Anxiety and Depression

Patients with a certain genetic variant have been found to both be more pre-disposed to anxiety and depression and have lower susceptibility to the usual medication. Although anxiety and depression can be developed due to distressing events or stressful periods in a person’s life, there is increasing evidence that some people are more predisposed to […]

New Webinar: The Hunt for NASH Therapies, 11 July 2019

NASH is present in nine to 18 million people in America alone. Yet no single drug has yet been approved for its treatment. To discuss why therapies are proving so elusive, and where efforts will be made in the future, FLG has gathered some of the most influential names in the field to discuss the problem in our latest webinar: New Approaches to the Old Hunt for NASH Therapies, held at 4pm on 11 July 2019.

Genetic Test Reduces Risk of Chemotherapy Side-Effects

A new genetic test has been successfully trialled at a hospital in Oxford to help doctors identify patients most at risk of chemotherapy side-effects.  Capecitabine and fluorouracil (5FU) are common chemotherapy drugs for cancers including breast, bowl and stomach. Both drugs act as anti-metabolites and resemble biological molecules found inside cells. When the drug molecules […]