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Motion sickness and its relation to genetics

Do you often get motion sickness when traveling in any mode of transportation? If the answer is yes, it is possible that you suffer from kinetosis, a disorder also known by other names such as travel sickness or sea sickness. If this is your case or you know someone...

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Glioma and genetics

Cancer remains one of the diseases with the highest morbidity and mortality in the world, meaning the highest rate of deaths from disease. It is estimated that in 2020, more than 19 million cases were diagnosed worldwide and 10 million people died from this disease...

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Hereditary diseases

Hereditary diseases include a large group of diseases that are transmitted from generation to generation, they are those that "run in the family", and have a genetic origin, that is, the cause of the inheritance of these diseases is genetic inheritance. Therefore, to...

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Vitiligo: is there a genetic predisposition?

The skin is the largest organ of the body. Its main function is to cover and protect it from the outside. However, like any other organ, it is susceptible to certain diseases. Since it is such a large and external organ, the conditions that occur in it are more...

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Is hypothyroidism genetic?

Hypothyroidism is the most common thyroid disorder, affecting more than one million people in Spain, and most may not even know they have it. This metabolic disorder shows nonspecific symptoms, making it difficult to distinguish from other pathologies [1]. In the...

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Genetics and prostate cancer

Cancer is a disease in which some cells in the body multiply uncontrollably and spread to other parts of the body. Specifically, prostate cancer is the uncontrolled growth of prostate cells. This gland of the male reproductive system is located below the bladder and...

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DNA testing for genetic diseases?

The progress made in genetic research has allowed human beings to know themselves better in order to optimize their lifestyle and improve their well-being, not only by discovering their ancestry or what personality traits or talents they have in their genes, but also...

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What is a nutrigenetic study for?

Nutrigenetics is defined as the science that studies the effect that our genes have on the response to various dietary components. Therefore, a nutrigenetic study will allow us to adapt the food we eat to our needs. The fundamental hypotheses on which the science of...

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Cardiovascular health

The heart organ is a powerful pump that circulates blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and, surprisingly, is the first organ to form during embryonic development. In Greek medicine, it was considered the most important organ, and today, the fact that heart...

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How to do a DNA test at home?

Taking a DNA test provides you with valuable information about your genetics, which means opening a door to know yourself better in order to make decisions that help you optimise your way of life safely and effectively. These genetic tests look for changes in DNA...

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Health and Personalized Medicine

What do we mean by personalized and precision medicine?   Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers the variability between people, both genetically and in the individual's environment and lifestyle. This...

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Genetic Inheritance and Ancestry

Our blog always tries to be informative and approachable, and we write it with the aim of making it simple and understandable for any reader. On this occasion, we have allowed ourselves to be a little more technical in order to explain certain fundamentals of genetic...

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Effects of the sun on your skin

Effects of the sun on the skin The exposure of our skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, and the absorption of this ultraviolet energy, causes changes in our body's chemical, hormonal and neuronal signals, which have subsequent effects on immune cells and...

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Obesity and genetics

What is obesity? Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that can be detrimental to health (1). Among the different methods for measuring and classifying obesity, the body mass index (BMI) is the most widely used. BMI is calculated by...

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Cancer and Genetics

What is cancer? Cells are the basic units that make up the human body, and they grow and divide to create new cells as the body needs them, forming our organs and tissues. Usually, they die when they grow old or become too damaged, and new cells take their place [1]....

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Mental health

What is mental health? Mental health is so broad and encompasses so many factors and areas of study that it is difficult to give a brief, clear and concise definition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, "mental health is a state of well-being...

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Pharmacogenetics

What is a drug A drug is any active physicochemical substance that interacts with and modifies the body to cure, prevent or diagnose a disease. Drugs regulate pre-existing functions but are not capable of creating new ones [1].   Drug action Generally, a drug is...

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Genetics and diabetes

Types of diabetes Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that indicates that glucose levels in the blood are very high and, over time, erodes systems and organs such as kidneys or blood vessels (1). There are two types of diabetes: Type I diabetes, in which the...

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Genetics and breast cancer

Within the world of oncology, breast cancer is perhaps one of the best-known cancers, possibly because it is the most diagnosed cancer in the world (1). Population ageing, one of the main consequences of the welfare society, or the greater prevalence of risk factors...

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Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders in the world. From the sixth decade of life, the risk begins to multiply (1). It is a progressive disease, currently without a cure, which manifests itself mainly in memory problems and is...

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