Gene associated with autism linked to itch response

A pilot study from North Carolina State University has found that a gene associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and pain hypersensitivity may actually decrease itch response. Atopic dermatitis and pain hypersensitivity are both conditions associated with some types of ASD. The gene in question, contactin associated protein 2 (CNTNAP2),…

Predicting mutated gene associated with melanoma

Although risk for melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer, is often associated with ultraviolet light exposure, genetic factors are also at play, with some families being more prone to the disease than others. Moreover, mutations in the gene CDKN2A are also associated with increased risks for other cancers…

Experts describe types of rashes associated with MIS-C

In April 2020, pediatricians began recognizing a puzzling syndrome in children involving hyperinflammation that results in an array of symptoms, including fever, gastrointestinal distress and rash. The syndrome, thought to be a post-infectious complication of SARS-CoV-2 infection, was given the name Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome Children, or MIS-C. However, diagnosing the…

Study Updates Risks for Breast Cancer Associated With HRT

THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2020 — Long-term use of estrogen-only and combined estrogen and progestogen hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is associated with an increased risk for breast cancer, according to a study published online Oct. 28 in The BMJ. Yana Vinogradova, Ph.D., from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom,…