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Excess hormones could cause a condition that can lead to blindness in women, study finds

Research led by the University of Birmingham has found that increased levels of hormones including testosterone could cause a brain condition that can lead to blindness in women. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension—also known as IIH—is caused by high pressure in the brain with consequences from blindness to incapacitating daily long-term headaches. IIH was originally identified over […]

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Scientists first to pinpoint a cause of pigmentary glaucoma

An international team of researchers has identified a gene responsible for the onset of pigmentary glaucoma, which may lead to new therapies for the condition. “People who traditionally we wouldn’t think of having glaucoma—young males in their 20s and 30s—are at particular risk for this form of the disease and of losing their vision,” said […]

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Discovery of novel mechanisms that cause migraines

Researchers at CNRS, Université Côte d’Azur and Inserm have demonstrated a new mechanism related to the onset of migraine. They found how a mutation that causes dysfunction in a protein which inhibits neuronal electrical activity induces migraines. These results, published in Neuron on December 17, 2018, open a new path for the development of anti-migraine […]

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Solving a medical mystery: Cause of rare type of dwarfism discovered

For children born with Saul-Wilson syndrome, and their parents, much of their lives are spent searching for answers. First defined in 1990, only 14 cases are known worldwide. And the cause of the syndrome—characterized by short stature, microcephaly (small head), hearing loss and early developmental delays—remained unknown. Today, these individuals have answers. “This is the […]

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Stray proteins cause genetic disorders

The seizures typically begin in the first months of life. It often takes years, however, before those suffering from the rare glucose transporter type 1 (Glut1) deficiency syndrome obtain a correct diagnosis. If the disorder goes untreated, affected children experience developmental delay and frequently have neurological problems. Various defects in one gene underlie the syndrome. […]