Celiac disease involves an inability to digest a protein from wheat and other grains. It is mediated by the cells and enzymes of the immune system and can lead to damage via immune attacks on autoantigens. This article considers current knowledge regarding genetic factors of celiac disease.
What is skeletal dysplasia – or more accurately, what are the skeletal dysplasias? There are many conditions constituting this heterogeneous group – but what are the causes and qualities which unite them? This article aims to look at the current state of knowledge regarding diagnosis and etiology.
Prune belly syndrome: what is it, what are the causes and what are the treatments? The name is intriguing – but what are the realities of living with the condition? In this article we take a look at what is currently known about Prune belly syndrome.
The development of DNA fingerprinting and its use in the courts has helped us all feel a lot more secure about the justice of criminal trials. But can problems arise with DNA evidence? Are all the techniques involved as reliable as we might like them to be?
How much of intelligence is inherited, and how much is down to environmental factors? Is the environmental component ‘plastic’ to any degree? Can you do anything to improve your ‘Intelligence Quotient’? According to some researchers it could well be worth making the effort.
Researchers have noted high levels of statistical co-morbidity between irritable bowel syndrome and depression. What is the nature of the relationship? Is there a genetic determinant or environmental factor shared between the two? Or does a pathophysiological process in one beget the other?