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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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Schizophrenia and genetics: is it a hereditary disease?

Among the variety of pathologies in the field of mental health, one of the best known is schizophrenia. It is one of the most severe mental illnesses and affects 1% of the world's population [1]. It is therefore important to know whether schizophrenia is genetic or...

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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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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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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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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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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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Nutrition and Covid19

If anything, 2020 has been filled with changes in our way of life, brought about by the pandemic. Personal health and wellness have emerged as the main objectives in times of COVID, and nutrition has become a critical factor in achieving and maintaining the desired...

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Genetics and cancer

This February is World Cancer Day. According to recent data from the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Among those with the worst prognosis are lung, colon and breast cancer (1). The risk factors affecting this group of...

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Coronavirus. What does genetics say about it?

No one knew the word coronavirus or what it implied until a few months ago. The coronavirus is a subtype of the virus that needs to invade cells of living organisms for its survival. In this case, one of the typical carriers is the bat, although, in the case of the...

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What is personalized medicine?

What is personalized medicine? Personalized medicine, also called individualized medicine or genomic medicine, is where genetic, biological, and environmental information about a specific patient is used to prevent, diagnose, and treat his or her disease. Traditional...

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How genetics can help you have healthier offspring?

Currently, we are considering a creative project; doing a genetic mapping could avoid many genetic diseases inherited by our offspring. We are talking about a very cheap test for which the only thing that is needed is our saliva or rubbing a cotton stick inside our...

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