Category: Health and Traits

Breast Size Matters — But Not In The Way You Think

With Nick Eriksson Social norms and preferences aside, it turns out that breast size matters -- but not quite in the way you think. 23andMe’s latest research paper, published in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, shows that genetic factors influence whether women have double As or double Ds. This might ...

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The Most Common Genetic Disease

Simply giving blood is one of the best ways to treat iron overload. It’s the most common genetic disease you never heard of.  Hemochromatosis, sometimes called the “Celtic Curse,” affects an estimated one in every 300 Americans, but many who have it have no idea they do. July is National Hemochromatosis ...

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23andMe Tests For Beta Thalassemia

23andMe now includes Beta Thalassemia as one of our more than 40 reports on inherited genetic conditions. Beta thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder where the body doesn’t produce enough hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen throughout the body and gives red blood cells their color. Lack of ...

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Health Care Costs and Reform

(Editors note: Dan Vorhaus pointed out an error in an earlier version of this introduction concerning the SCOTUS blog. We've corrected the error. Thanks Dan.) In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling this week largely upholding the health care reform law, we’re reposting a story we did back in March. If you ...

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Egg Hunt: New Research on Female Fertility

As a woman ages her fertility naturally declines such that by the time she reaches menopause her “ovarian reserve” is depleted, meaning that she has few to no eggs — oocytes — remaining in her ovaries. Some women, however, have problems with fertility relatively early in life and this may be due to premature ...

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Summertime Protection

It’s summertime, you’ve got the beach chair, a trashy novel and sunscreen, but do you have your 23andMe results? Loading... Loading... As the days get longer and people squeeze in a little vacation time, our exposure to the sun's harmful rays goes up and so too does our need to protect against ...

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French-Canadian Ancestry and Relevant Health Conditions

“Québécois” will likely be celebrating John the Baptist and French-Canadian heritage on June 24th with lively parties, parades and bonfires. At 23andMe we’re paying tribute to French-Canadian ancestry with the release of two new health reports on rare genetic disorders (Leigh Syndrome, French Canadian Type; ...

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Sneezing on Summer Solstice?

Today is summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This means that there’s a lot of light around and as a consequence, people with the “ACHOO syndrome” might be sneezing a lot. Gesundheit! Two years ago 23andMe announced a new genetic discovery that at least partially ...

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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day and commemorates the date in 2008 when the United Nations began recognizing this group of genetic blood disorders as a public health concern. Sickle cell disease affects millions around the globe and nearly 100,000 people in the United States. It’s relatively ...

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23andMe’s Latest Publication Shines Light on Male Pattern Baldness and Unexpected Associations with Disease

A new paper in PLoS Genetics describes discoveries related to the genetics of male pattern baldness, with substantial contributions from the 23andMe community. Led by Dr. Brent Richards of McGill University, the study combined genome-wide association data from seven cohorts, comparing men with "early onset" ...

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