Dr. Melissa P. Wasserstein, MD

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Affiliation:

  • The Mount Sinai Medical Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Public Health:

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating and exercise might help most people live to a respectable old age, but making it to 95 or 100 might require help from your DNA, a new study finds.

    "Genetic makeup explains an increasingly greater portion of the variation in how...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation that appears to hamper normal brain development early on in powerful ways.

    The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A majority of Americans taking part in a new poll said they'd be interested in genetic testing to see if they or their children are at risk for serious illnesses.

    A team at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital looked at d...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- He helped build an empire stretching across Eurasia, but Genghis Khan's most enduring legacy may be genetic, a new study suggests.

    British researchers focused on similarities in the Y chromosomes of Asian men living today. They calculated that...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Websites that offer personalized genetic cancer tests tend to overstate their supposed benefits and downplay their limitations, a new study says.

    And many sites offer tests that have not been proven to be useful in guiding cancer treatment, acco...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In what may be a big step forward in human biology, scientists are issuing the first comprehensive map of "human epigenomes" -- the range of chemical and structural shifts that determine how genes govern health.

    The new map is the result of yea...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Feb. 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- New research offers more evidence that genes play a significant role in obesity.

    The findings may help explain why some people are more likely to put on extra pounds and develop obesity-linked conditions, the investigators said.

    The res...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Obstetrics & Gynecology:

    THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists say they have identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

    The two variants apparently affect the KLF4 gene, which is believed to help control the way cells grow and divide, and they ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Some babies' genes may increase their risk of preterm birth, a new study suggests.

    Researchers analyzed the number of copies of certain genes in hundreds of babies and their mothers. There was no link between the number o...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    FRIDAY, Jan. 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In what could be a significant advance for personalized medicine, President Barack Obama will ask Congress to fund a research program aimed at developing treatments that would be tailored to a patient's individual genes, the White House said Friday.

    ...Full Article
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Developmental-behavioral Pediatrics:

    MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Siblings who share a diagnosis of autism often don't share the same autism-linked genes, according to a new study.

    Researchers previously have identified more than 100 genetic mutations that can make a person more susceptible to an autism spectrum...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Maternal & Fetal Medicine:

    THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday.

    ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Cardiology:

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers have uncovered a major genetic risk for heart failure -- a mutation affecting a key muscle protein that makes the heart less elastic.

    The mutation increases a person's risk of dilated cardiomyopathy. This is a form of heart failure ...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Oncology:

    TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers who discovered new gene mutations linked to colon cancer in black Americans say their findings could lead to improved diagnosis and treatment.

    In the United States, blacks are significantly more likely to develop colon cancer and to d...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    WEDNESDAY, Dec. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they have used human embryonic stem cells to create cells that develop into eggs and sperm.

    While this had already been done using rodent stem cells, this is the first time that these types of cells -- called primordial germ cel...Full Article