Common strength 'genes' identified for first time

Common genetic factors that influence muscle strength in humans have been identified for the first time in a study led by researchers from the University of Cambridge and published today in Nature Communications.

Could genetics influence what we like to eat?

Have you ever wondered why you keep eating certain foods, even if you know they are not good for you?

Common gene variants appear to increase risk of vitamin D deficiency

A research consortium has identified four common gene variants that are associated with blood levels of vitamin D and with an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time.

Your High Cholesterol May Not be Your Fault

High cholesterol is a serious health condition that affects millions of Americans. However, the source of the problem is not always the same.

Is Vitiligo Hereditary?

Vitiligo is a skin disorder that does not produce any harmful or painful effects. This disorder is not easy to manage in the sense that it can affect the confidence of the person who has it.

A potential new target to treat obesity?

Scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have discovered a new mechanism in the mouse brain that regulates obesity.

How Exercise Changes Our DNA

We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life has remained baffling.

Muscle Enzyme Explains Weight Gain in Middle Age

The struggle to maintain a healthy weight is a lifelong challenge for many of us. In fact, the average American packs on an extra 30 pounds from early adulthood to age 50. What's responsible for this tendency toward middle-age spread?

Are your genes making you a chocoholic?

Burgers, fries, chocolate - we know these foods are bad for our health. So why are some of us incapable of cutting them from our diets? A new study suggests that our genes may be responsible.