Health

Gene discovery may explain why more women get Alzheimer’s disease

The gene, O6-Methylguanine DNA Methyltransferase, or MGMT, plays an important role in how the body repairs damage to DNA in both men and women. But researchers found no link between MGMT and Alzheimer’s disease in men. “It’s a female-specific finding — perhaps one of the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease …

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Australian study aims to unravel the mystery of extreme menstrual pain in young people

About half of the world’s population suffers from it every month, but even today, the mystery still surrounds menstrual cramps. Most important points: More than 80 percent of teenage girls have experienced menstrual pain Researchers try to understand why it’s more serious for some They are currently recruiting participants in the Northern Territory How can …

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Rising e-cigarette use could lead to increase in tobacco smoking, Australia’s largest medical body warns

Australia’s top body for medical research says there is limited evidence that vapes help people quit smoking and that e-cigarettes may instead lead to an increase in tobacco smoke. Most important points: Professor Anne Kelso warns vaping users that the products can cause a range of medical problems, including seizures and lung injuries There are …

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WWF report says online wildlife trade is on the rise in Myanmar | science news

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) — A report by the World Wildlife Fund shows that illegal online purchases of wildlife in Myanmar are on the rise, posing a threat to both public health and endangered species. The report released Friday found that enforcement of a ban on such transactions has weakened amid …

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