Author: ErinC

23andMe’s Relative Finder Featured on CNN

With the help of 23andMe and CNN, two distant cousins were brought together to discuss their shared DNA and their shared passion for genealogy. The cousins are 23andMe customers Larry Vick of Florida and Robert Stubbs of Missouri, who discovered that they share a pair of great-great-great-great-great ...

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Mouse Studies Show that Longevity Gene May Play a Role In Maintaining Stem Cells in the Brain

Even if you do everything right – exercise, healthy eating, no smoking-- whether or not you'll make it to the century mark depends to some extent on your genes. One of the important longevity genes seems to be FOXO3A.  It's been linked to lifespan in several experimental animal models. In humans, studies ...

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Remember: Turkey Day is Also National Family Health History Day

Looking for something to talk about between mouthfuls of green bean casserole and cranberry dressing? Instead of discussing the big game or Friday's shopping prospects, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin would like you to consider chatting up your relatives to learn their medical histories in honor of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Affects HIV Viral Set Point and Disease Progression

More than 30 million people worldwide are living with HIV, and about three million more are infected each year. Although people infected with the virus are living longer and healthier lives thanks to intense research, there is still no cure. One way to identify new strategies for fighting HIV is to look to ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Variants Associated With Risk for Parkinson’s Disease Identified in Asian and European Populations

PET scans showing dopamine activity in a normal brain and a Parkinson’s patient’s before and after treatment with a therapeutic implant. More than a million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and another 50,000 are diagnosed each year. Scientists know that many of the characteristic symptoms of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations May Impact Risk of Hearing Loss in Children Receiving Common Chemotherapy Drug

Cisplatin, a cancer chemotherapy drug first approved by the FDA in 1978, revolutionized the treatment of many types of cancer.  Despite its effectiveness, in many cases doctors are forced to reduce the drug's dose, or abandon it altogether, due to serious side effects on patients' hearing. Between 10-25% ...

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Ewwww: Cruise Ship Cleanliness Not What It Should Be

The “stomach flu” isn’t really the flu at all. It’s actually viral gastroenteritis, and its most common cause is a group of viruses called noroviruses. No matter what you call it, the illness is highly contagious and very unpleasant — symptoms include abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. In close quarters, ...

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SNPwatch: The Bad Driving Gene?

New research suggests that your skills behind the wheel may be affected by your genes. To better understand the effects of a variant in the BDNF gene on motor skills learning, Steven Cramer and colleagues at UC Irvine tested 29 subjects in a driving simulator. Their results, published in the journal ...

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Medco to Include Genetics in Comparison of Anti-Clotting Drug Effectiveness

Medco Health Solutions, Inc., announced this week that it will conduct a clinical trial to assess whether clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix®, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-aventis) is just as effective as the newer drug prasugrel (Effient™, Eli Lilly and Company) in people who lack a genetic variation that ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Influencing Hemoglobin Levels Identified

Doctors routinely order the complete blood count (CBC) for their patients because they can learn a lot about a person's health by measuring the numbers of different types of blood cells in the circulation, their sizes and the ratios between them. One component of the CBC is usually a measure of the total ...

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