Genetics of Chronic Sinus Infections

About 10% of the population of Europe and the US have chronic sinus infections, known as sinusitis or rhinosinusitis. While most everyone has known the occasional sinus pain from having a head cold, for some people, this problem continues for months at a time….

Blood type and coronavirus susceptibility

Researchers recently posted a preprint publication showing that blood type seems to be related to susceptibility to the coronavirus. While this may seem odd at first, there are actually quite a few viral and bacterial pathogens – as well as chronic diseases – that…

G6PD Deficiency: Quinine, Viral Susceptibility (Member’s article)

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G6PD Deficiency: Interaction with Quinine, Viral Susceptibility

Quinine-based malaria drugs are being tested and used for preventing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in people with COVID-19 infections. And yes, there are many stories floating around on the internet of people obtaining chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, or quinine for personal use… People who carry…

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Genes

With COVID-19 all over the news, many people have now heard the term ARDS bandied about. Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a very serious condition that a minority of people with COVID-19 develop. This is the reason, though, that everyone is discussing ‘flattening…

Gout: Genetic Links to High Uric Acid

Have you ever woken up to excruciating pain in your big toe or ankle?  If so you may be one of the millions of people worldwide with gout. In fact, a study from 2008 showed that about 8.3 million Americans had gout. Men are…

Why Allegra May Not Work For You

Ever wonder why a certain medication may work great for a friend and do nothing for you?  One reason could be your genes involved in transporting the medication into and out of your cells. Let’s take fexofenadine (Allegra) for example.  You have watery eyes…

Circadian Rhythm and Your Immune Response to Viruses

Our immune system’s response varies over the course of 24-hours. At certain times, we may be more resilient to fighting off viruses; at other times of the day, we may be more susceptible to pathogens. For anyone who has traveled across multiple time zones,…

Fisetin: Antioxidant and Senolytic

Aging brings with it a myriad of health issues including an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases. A supplement that can mitigate the root cause of some of these age-related conditions is a very alluring idea. But does the research…

Viruses: Are you susceptible to the coronavirus, flu, and more

With all the recent news coverage of COVID-19, you may be wondering if you are susceptible to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV2. While your first thought may be that everyone catches a virus if exposed, your genes are actually important as to whether or not…