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Women's Paternal Grandmas May Be Tied to This Type of Cancer

Women's risk for ovarian cancer may be passed down from the father's side of the family

(Newser) - Sons inherit a baldness gene from their moms, and now scientists are pointing to another parent-child link on the opposite side. Per the BBC , fathers can pass down a gene mutation to their daughters that can raise the risk of ovarian cancer, per a study published Thursday in Plos Genetics ... More »

Inheriting Alzheimer's From Mom Is Worse Than Dad

Study suggests faster brain deterioration

(Newser) - People whose mothers had Alzheimer's appear to have a greater risk of developing dementia themselves, reports the Los Angeles Times . University of Kansas researchers studied the brains of about 50 healthy senior citizens over two years and found that those whose mothers had the disease showed the most deterioration, especially... More »

Alzheimer Patients' Kids Lose Memory Faster: Study

(Newser) - The children of Alzheimer’s sufferers can develop memory problems much earlier than previously believed, according to a large new study. Boston University researchers administered memory tests to a group of middle-aged people, all of whom carried a gene linked to Alzheimer’s, but only half of whom had parents... More »

10 Worst Hereditary Conditions

Heart disease? Hair loss? Blame mom and pop

(Newser) - MSNBC lists the 10 lamest heredity conditions.
  1. Baldness: People usually blame mom on this one, but cue ball syndrome can come from either side of the gene pool.
  2. Lactose intolerance: Humans developed the ability to digest milk only in the past 10,000 years, and only where dairy farming is
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