Genetics researchers find new neurodevelopmental syndrome

Researchers have identified a gene mutation that causes developmental delay, intellectual disability, behavioral abnormalities and musculoskeletal problems in children. The newly diagnosed condition, called NKAP-related syndrome, arises from mutations in the NKAP gene, which plays a key role in human development. “This gene mutation disrupts transcription, the process in which Continue Reading

Researchers find shorter sleep periods associated with obesity in African Americans

Research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found an association between sleep duration and obesity among African Americans. Although some populations are more susceptible to becoming overweight or obese, prior studies have not focused on minorities, the authors wrote. This study examined associations between the participants’ body mass Continue Reading

Scientists find potential diagnostic tool, treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Investigators at the Stanford University School of Medicine have pinpointed a molecular defect that seems almost universal among patients with Parkinson’s disease and those at a high risk of acquiring it. The discovery could provide a way of detecting the neurodegenerative disorder in its earliest stages, before symptoms start to Continue Reading

Scientists find how to block inflammatory molecules in mouse model of multiple sclerosis

Your immune system comes ready for battle against bacteria, viruses, fungi and even cancer. But in cases of autoimmune disease, the immune system’s superpowers turn it into a supervillain. Now, Salk Institute scientists have discovered a way to stop certain immune system cells from mistakenly attacking the body. Their findings, Continue Reading