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COVID-19 Risk In Different Ethnic And Socioeconomic Groups Within UK Biobank

Socioeconomic and ethnic factors may influence the risk of viral infection. For example, both economic circumstances and cultural influences may impact the extent to which people can implement distancing measures, thus modifying their risk. The extent to which this...

A Standardized Mega-Biobank Phenomic Library From The Million Veteran Program

Often International Classification of Diseases (ICD) codes are used as a proxy for clinical phenotypes, however their intended purpose is for billing, determining treatment, and statistics collection and therefore may not always be the best representation of phenotype. Initiatives...

Mapping Existing Biobank Data To EHR Common Data Model Not Clean Or Straightforward

The Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership Common Data Model (OMOP CDM) information synthesis approach transforms data contained within electronic health records (EHR) and other medical databases into a common format with a common terminology, vocabulary, and coding scheme. This should...

A New Severity Score For Fabry Disease

Fabry disease is caused by loss of function mutations in the X-linked GLA gene, which encodes the enzyme alpha-galactosidase (α-GAL). The main symptoms include localized and full body pain (nervous system), which increases over time, kidney disease, heart disease,...

EU-CardioRNA COST Action Meetings Report Released

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST Association) runs an EU-funded programme that encourages researchers and innovators to create research networks called COST Actions. The EU-CardioRNA COST Action, launched in 2018, is intended to promote transcriptomics research in...

A Ubiquitination Inhibitor Hakin-1 Potentially Has Efficacy In Colorectal Cancer

Hakai is a 491 amino acid E3 ubiquitin-protein ligase that forms a dimer if zinc is available. This allows Src tyrosine kinase dependant interaction with the transmembrane adhesion protein E-cadherin. This interaction results in ubiquitination and degradation of E-cadherin,...

Proteomic Study Of Alzheimer’s With ApoE4

Apolipoprotein E (APOE) is a 299 amino acid protein which can be induced by consuming foods rich in cholesterol. The APOE gene has three main alleles termed ε2-4, which are translated into the proteins ApoE2-4. Apolipoproteins play a role...

Vitamin D Status Did Not Predict COVID-19 Infection Risk In The UK Biobank

A recent meta-analysis of 25 clinical trials located in 15 countries conducted by the UK National Health Service (NHS), Institute for Health Research, indicated that vitamin D supplements reduced the risk of acute respiratory infection (ARI) from 42% to...

How Do People In Nashville React To The Biobank Consent Process?

Gathering informed consent from participants is a pillar of biobanking. As ambitious biobanking projects such as All of US and UK biobank proliferate and become ever larger, the benefits and the potential risks for participants also grow. It is...

SARS-CoV-2 Detected In French Biobank Sample Collected In Late 2019

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease pandemic that has swept across the world, causing over 282,495 deaths (May 10, 2020). Patients most commonly present at hospitals with influenza-like illness (ILI). The causative agent of COVID-19, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, has no...

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