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The DNA Blog

May 24, 2013
Genetic testing for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations

Genes are the storehouse of all biological information Even as we inherit our genes from our parents, we also inherit some of the gene mutations that can cause significant changes in our body. Mutations are variations in the genetic code of a gene that can alter or affect its functions. These inherited mutations, however small […]

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May 14, 2013
Obesity and Genetics: variations in FTO, APOA2 and APOA5 genes

Obesity along with diabetes and high blood pressure, are considered as lifestyle diseases since they can, to a large extent, be prevented from occurring by adopting a healthy way of life. In obesity excess body weight, in the form of stored fat, has harmful effects on a person’s health. The obesity condition further raises the […]

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November 14, 2012
Can genetics help assess your diabetes risk?

A 2006 research study in New England Journal of Medicine had two interesting observations. One, a variation of the TCF7L2 gene is linked to prediabetes (blood sugar is high but below diabetes range) which indicates a higher likelihood of developing diabetes. Other data showed that changes in food habits and physical activity could reduce or […]

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September 20, 2012
Nutritional Genetics

The greatest wealth that one can ever earn is good health! Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In the recent years, one of the best aspects of health care reform is that it has started to emphasize on prevention. When we […]

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September 20, 2012
Diabetes: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

[idea] What is Diabetes? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot regulate the production or usage of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar, starches, and other food into energy. This energy is either used immediately or stored as fat or glycogen. In a diabetic, […]

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September 20, 2012
Hypertension: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

What is Hypertension? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Hypertension is referred to as the “silent killer” as it does not exhibit any symptoms until the situation is serious. Hypertension is not a disease but a symptom which leads to several other diseases. The symptoms of hypertension are as follows: [one_fourth] Confusion Buzzing of the ear […]

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September 20, 2012
Stroke: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

What's a stroke? Stroke is the second most common cause of death and disability worldwide. Sometimes referred to as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), it occurs due to interruption of the blood flow or excessive bleeding in the brain leading to a rapid loss of function. For this reason, stroke is also known as a 'brain attack'. […]

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