Think you’re destined to get cardiovascular disease since it runs in your family? Take heart. A recent New England Journal of Medicine study suggests a healthy lifestyle may cut risk of heart disease events by about half. Events included heart attack, heart bypass surgery (restoring blood flow to heart muscle)
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When it comes to a suspected case of celiac disease or food allergy symptoms, everyone’s reaction is usually the same: “Okay, what am I in for? How much time will this take? Is there a gluten-free food list? And what will it cost?” Notions of how to care for loved
In 2013, actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had both of her breasts removed after genetic testing indicated she was at increased risk of breast cancer. Her announcement came about five years after actress Christina Applegate underwent a double mastectomy after being diagnosed with early-stage cancer in one breast. Media
Your genetic background is responsible, at least in part, for your propensity to inherit certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. The more family members you have who are affected by certain types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, the greater your risk becomes. So, strictly speaking, is dementia
Q: I’ve seen ads for mail-order test kits that provide genetic testing for cardiovascular disease. Is there any benefit to having this type of testing?
A: Some types of cardiovascular conditions can be inherited, some of which may be due to multiple genes, making genetic testing quite complicated or impossible. Other
Alzheimer’s research has made great strides in recent years. Scientists have found new ways to diagnose the disease while it’s still in its early stages. Blood tests and brain scans may be able to spot the presence of beta-amyloid and other Alzheimer’s markers before symptoms appear. And although no definitive
For years, the mammogram has served as the primary tool for breast cancer screening. Mammography can identify breast cancer in its earliest stages, when it is smaller and has not spread beyond the breast. In the search for a potential alternative to mammogram screening, researchers are studying other tests, such
You’re feverish and fatigued. Your joints ache, and your lymph glands have swollen. Sounds like you have signs of the flu or any number of infections. But they’re also common leukemia symptoms.
In general terms, leukemia is cancer of your body’s blood-forming tissues, such as the bone marrow. Signs of leukemia
Low Body Weight Increase AD Risk in Older Age
A study conducted by researchers at MGH and Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that older adults with a low body mass index (BMI) may be at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The scientists looked at the medical histories and the results
A family history of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—having a parent or sibling with the disease–is second only to advanced age as a major risk factor for the neurodegenerative condition. Yet although scientists have identified a number of hereditary, or genetic, factors that appear to lead to greater vulnerability to AD, they