MTHFR (Methylation) Panel-Important Research
Specific Genetic Mutations May Contribute To Preterm Birth Risk
Genetic mutations in an enzyme related to amino acid metabolism called MTHFR and coagulation protein Factor V appear to have a significant association with blood clots and tissue injury to the placenta and developing baby, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences report. “This indicates a possible genetic predisposition to a condition of real clinical consequence regarding intrauterine growth restriction, preeclampsia, and spontaneous preterm birth,” the researchers say.
Are Vitamin Supplements Effective In Celiac Disease Patients?
A research group from the Netherlands investigated the effect of vitamin supplements on homocysteine levels in patients with celiac disease. They found that homocysteine levels are dependent on Marsh classification and the regular use of B-vitamin supplements is useful in the reduction of homocysteine levels in patients with celiac disease and should be considered in disease management.
Gene Mutation Causes Severe Epilepsy, Febrile Seizures In Thousands Of Infants Worldwide
Medical researchers have identified a gene with mutations that cause febrile seizures and contribute to a severe form of epilepsy known as a Dravet syndrome in some of the most vulnerable patients — infants 6 months and younger.
Good News In Our DNA: Defects You Can Fix With Vitamins And Minerals
As DNA sequencing becomes cheaper, it will become common for people to have their complete genomes sequenced. Personal genomes will not only tell people about genetic susceptibility to cancer and heart disease but will also tell them which vitamins and how much can improve their health. A new study shows that one enzyme can be tuned up with vitamins, suggesting that one day we all may take personalized vitamin supplements.