Month: April 2017

Scientists find DNA link between early puberty and cancer

The onset of puberty is a complex and often misunderstood subject, and researchers are constantly breaking new ground in identifying genes involved with the process. Researchers analysed the data from nearly 369 000 women and pinpointed 389 genetic signals linked to the timing of puberty. That’s four times the number that had previously been identified. …

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Immune therapy shows early promise against MS

Multiple sclerosis is debilitating, incurable and treatment is often a long and complex experience. But there might be a glimmer of hope… An experimental immune-system therapy appears safe for people with progressive forms of multiple sclerosis. And it may ease symptoms in some patients, a preliminary study suggests. Immune-system therapy or immunotherapy is a relatively …

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Epilepsy drug behind over 4 000 severe birth defects

The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for “severe malformations” in 2 150 to 4 100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities. In South Africa, valproate is registered by the Medicines Control Council (MCC) for the treatment of all …

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