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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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SNPwatch: Two Studies Connect More Immune System Genes to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease in which the individual's own immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing stiffness and muscle aches. Like other autoimmune diseases, development of rheumatoid arthritis is likely caused by a complex combination of genetic and environmental ...

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SNPwatch: Believe It Or Not, Researchers Find Genetic Variant Linked To Gullibility

We’ve all fallen for a prank at some point or another – whether it be “hey, your shoe’s untied” or getting surprised at your birthday party after your friend asks you to “just pick up something from the house.” Most people become more wary as they get older but other people manage to remain fundamentally ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated With Lone Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting one in four people over the age of 40. While not usually life-threatening on its own, individuals with the condition are at increased risk of stroke and heart failure. AF appears most frequently in older, male individuals with a ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected by the disease. Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are treatments that can slow the progression of ...

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SNPwatch: A New Genetic Variant Associated with ALS Risk and Age-of-Onset

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and deadly neurological disorder affecting voluntary muscle movement. It typically claims victims' lives about three years after symptoms begin. In the United States,  the condition is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, after the Yankees slugger who died ...

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SNPwatch: Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? It Depends on What You Eat

We all know people struggling with weight issues. Maybe they’re overweight and can’t seem to lose the pounds no matter what new diet or exercise regime they try. Or, maybe they’re underweight and have a hard time bulking up no matter how many donuts they consume or weights they lift. Clearly, there’s more to ...

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SNPwatch: New Study Rats Out A Genetic Variant Associated with Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a common disease characterized by high blood glucose levels and unresponsiveness to insulin. Individuals with type 2 diabetes may produce insulin at normal levels but do not respond to it sufficiently, either because the insulin receptors in their cells have become less sensitive or because ...

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