Tag Archives: disease

Genome sequencing reveals disease risk in otherwise healthy babies

Are there benefits to screening the genomes of healthy newborns?Petri Oeschger/Getty By Chelsea Whyte DNA sequencing is getting faster and cheaper, and it has been used to diagnose rare disorders in very sick children. But should it become a standard practice for healthy newborns? That’s the question asked by the BabySeq project, which has just… Read More »

The pregnancy condition putting women at higher risk of heart disease

WOMEN who have had pre-eclampsia during pregnancy are four times as likely to develop high blood pressure, and twice as likely to have heart disease, yet few are aware of the risk, a Hunter nutrition and dietetics researcher says. Dr Melinda Hutchesson, from the University of Newcastle and HMRI, said around 10,000 women – one-in-30 pregnancies – were affected by pre-eclampsia… Read More »