Author: ScottH

Taking Charge of Her Health

Becoming a mom pushed Morgan Eklund to take charge of her health. Her two young sons helped crystallized in her a simple but powerful goal: “I am going to be here when they grow up,” she told herself. It wasn’t just looking to the future that prodded Morgan to act, but also looking at the past. She’d ...

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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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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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Empowering Your Health With 23andMe

While the fact that 23andMe started airing commercials for the first time is in-and-of itself new, we don’t want you to miss something else that is unique about this campaign. Each of the actors used in the commercials tested with 23andMe. Like our customers they each wanted to explore their own DNA. The ...

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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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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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The Future Is Now

When he signed up as one of 23andMe’s first customers, Jonathan Zittrain thought that one day personal genetic testing could transform healthcare, he just didn’t imagine it would involve him. Jonathan writes books, teaches at Harvard Law School and is the co-director of the university’s Berkman Center for ...

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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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The Power of Knowing

Ignorance isn’t always bliss and what you don’t know really can hurt you, or so Jennifer Goldstein has learned. If she hadn’t tested she might never have seen her doctor; never would have asked the right questions; never taken the action she needed to keep herself healthy. “But for the test I’d have ...

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Improving Health With 23andMe

Sometimes when she sees her 5-year-old daughter thriving and making up for lost time, Kristen Whitaker says it makes her feel “almost weepy.” It reminds her that for a long time her daughter wasn’t doing so well. It reminds Kristen that her little girl was for a time falling behind on the growth chart, not ...

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