Archives for 2013

23andMe Reveals Genetics Behind Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are enough to send some new moms into a post partum panic. That might be what fuels the estimated $5 billion to $10 billion spent on salves and oils to rub away the marks, also known as striae distensae. But scientists still don’t really understand why some individuals —men can also get the ...

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The Genetics of Bellies and Burgers

By Nick Furlotte and Shirley Wu For many of us, the battle of the bulge is more like an all-out war. We all know people who can eat whatever they want, not work out, and yet not gain a pound. Meanwhile, eating just one burger, or missing just one cardio session, can weigh much more heavily on others ...

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More Diversity Needed in Genetic Research

By Anne Pinckard The high rates of type 2 diabetes in some minority communities as well as the rates for prostate cancer among African American men are a good illustration of how a person’s risk for a disease can depend on ancestry. The problem is scientists haven’t done enough research in minority ...

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New Standards Regulating Gluten Labeling

New rules issued by the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this month mean we may finally know what it means when a label on food we buy says “Gluten-Free.” The new standards are hugely important for the more than 3 million Americans with celiac disease as well as many others who for other reasons may ...

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What Patients Say Works for Psoriasis

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether People living with Psoriasis have reported that some of the most effective treatments for their skin include simple interventions like sunlight, salt water, and ...

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Discovering More With 23andMe

23andMe results don’t just help you learn important information about your health, your results can also uncover information about yourself that you never knew, as Siaka, one of the actors who worked on our commercial learned. We wrote about 23andMe airing its first commercials, which featured actors that ...

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23andMe As Seen on TV

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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SNPWatch: A tale of two fingers

By David Tran Look at your hands. Is your ring finger longer than your index finger, or vice versa? The length of a person’s index finger relative to his or her ring finger may tell us something about that individual's exposure to sex hormones when he or she was still in the womb. But genetics also plays a ...

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Strangers and Relations

The New Yorker recently described the artist Laurel Nakadate as an “unpredictable, sometimes infuriating young photographer.” Perhaps. But whatever description you use, the images she creates are singularly arresting. In her latest series of portraits — called “Strangers and Relations”  — she turned to ...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Francis Crick and James Watson might not have been able to describe the iconic double helix structure of DNA more than 60 years ago, if it hadn’t been for Rosalind Franklin, who was honored today in a Google Doodle. Franklin, who would have turned 93 today, took an x-ray image that helped Watson and Crick ...

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