Items Tagged ‘genetics’

Genetics counselors help people understand hereditary disorders

November 8, 2018

Genetics counselors help people understand hereditary disorders

By uclahealth uclahealth

  Research on the human genome has revealed that nearly all diseases have a genetic component caused by gene mutations present at birth or the interaction between genes and the environment. This research has given rise to genetic tests that help diagnose, predict risk and guide treatment for certain hereditary conditions. At UCLA, genetic counselors […]

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Tags: amniocentesis, cancer genetics, clinical genetics, genetics, hereditary disorders, medical geneticist, non-invasive prenatal blood testin, pathology, pediatric genetics, prenatal genetic diagnosis, UCLA Cancer Genetics


Prioritize health conversations with family members

January 10, 2018

Prioritize health conversations with family members

By uclahealth uclahealth

Conversation around the dinner table doesn’t often include questions about personal health history. But according to UCLA genetic counselor Naghmeh Dorrani, there’s room for more family discussion about health. That’s because despite the amazing advances in genetics, “The most important tool for genetic counselors continues to be family health history,” Dorrani says. You may want […]

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Tags: advances in genetics, cancer, genetic counselor, genetics, Naghmeh Dorrani, personal health history, risk of cancer, ucla division of genetics


How to recognize and treat atopic dermatitis

July 31, 2017

How to recognize and treat atopic dermatitis

By uclahealth uclahealth

Pediatric atopic dermatitis (AD), also referred to as allergic eczema, is a chronic skin disease marked by dry, sensitive skin that easily becomes red, scaly and severely itchy Atopic dermatitis affects 20 to 30 percent of children and adolescents in the U.S., with most children exhibiting symptoms by age 5. “In infants, a rash will […]

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Tags: abnormal skin barrier, allergens, allergic eczema, chronic skin disease, corticosteroids, Dr. Ronald Cotliar, eczema, extreme temperatures, genetics, health tips for parents, immune system problems, Pediatric atopic dermatitis


Did Everything By the Book

December 5, 2016

Did Everything By the Book

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I exercise all the time. I was fine. Then I had a heart attack.”

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Tags: cyst, exercise, genetics, heart attack, heart-related issues, hereditary, infection


Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

November 2, 2016

Hot news flash! Menopause speeds up aging.

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

As if the hot flashes, night sweats and dry skin caused by menopause weren’t indignity enough, a new UCLA study has found that the change of life also accelerates the body’s biological clock, increasing women’s risk for aging-related diseases and earlier death. Published July 25 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the results could […]

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Tags: aging, aging-related diseases, biological age, biological clock, cardiovascular disease, chronological age, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, dry skin, epigenetic clock, estrogen, genetics, hormone therapy


Overcoming bad genes

August 8, 2016

Overcoming bad genes

By uclahealth uclahealth

National Sons and Daughters Day on August 11 is a good excuse to celebrate all the things you love about your children, including those you’ve passed down to them: your crooked smile, your curly hair, your goofy sense of humor. But there are some genetic legacies ­– like a family history of diabetes, heart disease […]

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Tags: bad genes, BRCA genes, breast cancer, cancer, children, childrens health, cigarettes, colorectal cancer, diabetes, diet, DNA, environmental factors


Not your grandfather's Zika

April 21, 2016

Not your grandfather’s Zika

By Elaine Schmidt elaineschmidt

How an unfamiliar virus led to a global epidemic How does a formerly harmless and obscure virus like Zika transform itself into a feared pathogen inflicting a devastating impact on global health? A new UCLA study suggests that the virus possesses the ability to mutate rapidly, increasing its power to invade the human body and […]

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Tags: Dr. Stephanie Valderramos, Elaine Schmidt, genetics, Genhong Cheng, Guillain-Barre syndrome, gynecology, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, obstetrics, vaccine, Zika