Monthly Archives: November 2017

A better approach to talent identification?

Usain Bolt wins the men’s 100m final the Beijing Olympics, 2008

Identifying future Olympic champions at a young age is a difficult task, demanding an increasing amount of resources. New research published in Sports Medicine – Open discusses how physical adaptation to exercise is partially genetically mediated, meaning we may be able to identify individuals with the greatest capacity to improve through genetic profiling. Here, lead author Craig Pickering discusses what this means for talent identification programs.


Rare variants of RAB10 gene could be key in Alzheimer’s disease resilience


In the last decade several genetic risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease have been found by comparing cases with normal controls. Unfortunately discoveries of these gene variants have so far failed to lead to effective therapies. Now, in a research article published in Genome Medicine, researchers have taken the opposite approach by examining elderly people with a high risk of for Alzheimer’s disease who remain cognitively healthy. They find that rare variants in the RAB10 gene may provide protection from the disease.

Biology Medicine

Philosophy matters in medicine


World Philosophy Day was introduced in 2002 by UNESCO, among other things, to raise public awareness of the importance of philosophy in the choices arising for many societies from the effects of globalization or entry into modernity. We decided to ask Prof. James Giordano and Prof. G. Kevin Donovan, Editors-in-Chief of the journal Philosophy, Ethics,… Read more »


World Diabetes Day Quiz


This month we will recognize World Diabetes Day, the largest diabetes awareness campaign that aims to reflect the realities of dealing with this chronic condition and promote the importance of affordable and equitable access to education, care, and treatment for all women at risk of or living with diabetes.

Health Medicine