Category: 23andMe Research

What Patients Say Works for Fibromyalgia

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this infographic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether In a surprising finding, patients who live with the painful disorder fibromyalgia have reported that commonly prescribed drugs for this condition actually make their ...

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Mito Mightily Disappoints Autism Researchers

By Amick B. Research shows a strong genetic basis for autism, but for years scientists have been unable to pinpoint the specific genetic variants associated with the condition, which may affect as many as one in 88 children in the United States. For some time now researchers have speculated that ...

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A Song Draws Focus on Osteosarcoma Research

By Bertram K. Two days after his death in May, Zach Sobiech’s song “Clouds” became the number one download on iTunes and now has surpassed seven million views on YouTube. In it, Zach sings about his fight with cancer and bids farewell to family and friends. While I feel heavy-hearted listening to ...

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What Patients Say Works Best for Acne

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Some of the most effective treatments for acne are not necessarily drugs, according to a new study by CureTogether, a free resource owned by 23andMe that allows people ...

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New Genetic Associations Found For Allergies and Asthma

Research published online this week in Nature Genetics, has found new genetic associations for asthma and allergies. The study — done by scientists here at 23andMe and researchers at the University of Bristol’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) in the UK — is the largest genome-wide ...

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Bug Bite Genetics

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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People Powered Research at 23andMe

There are a lot of reasons why Thelma Ackley signed up for 23andMe — she’s fascinated by her ancestry and she's curious about her health — but the main reason is her husband and her six grandchildren. A few years ago her husband Jim, a former engineer, developed Parkinson’s disease. The neurodegenerative ...

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Genetics, Puberty and African American Girls

Several studies have shown that certain girls, particularly African-American girls, experience puberty earlier than others, but there’s an ongoing debate about what that might mean. There are a number of reasons why some girls begin puberty earlier than others. Girls who are heavier tend to enter puberty ...

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Mutiny (and Headaches) on the Bounty

By Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist at 23andMe Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In January of 1790, a small band of mutineers from the HMS Bounty evaded capture by the British Navy and settled Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. The direct descendants of this crew (and their captive Tahitian ...

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What Patients Say Works for Anxiety

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18 percent of the U.S. population. According to a new study by CureTogether, the most effective ...

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