Category: Health and Traits

Match Point

An athlete his whole life, Joachim de Posada was surprised that his 23andMe results indicated a much higher than normal risk for heart disease. Fit and seemingly healthy, Joachim thought the last thing he had to worry about was his heart, but he said it was that unexpected warning that may have saved his ...

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The DNA of Thanksgiving

You learned to like the foods you grew up with, but did you know that genetics also play a role in your food preferences? In addition to influencing your sensitivity to bitter and sweet flavors, genetics also affect brain chemistry and therefore how you respond to tastes or other sensory cues. This ...

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23andMovember

Maybe you’re planning to sport a Tom Selleck, or the tricky Rollie Fingers’ style, or you’re going Wild West with a bushy Wyatt Earp, but can you doublehelix? It’s “No Shave November,” also known as Movember, a time where many a man gives their razors a rest and grow a moustache to raise awareness for ...

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Keep on Pushing

Even at 73, nothing much slows down Richard Cummings. For almost fifty years he’s run his own company, moving into sheet metal work and erecting steel structures for buildings over the last two decades. More recently he added another business “as a sideline,” as he says, raising cattle. With all that ...

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A 23andMe Gout Out

It turns out that genetics has a lot to do with whether someone will suffer from gout — the disease once associated with gluttonous indulgence and King Henry VIII. Diet clearly plays a role, but genetics has a big influence on whether a person will develop this painful form of arthritis, which is caused by ...

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Taking The Bull By The Horns

Crowded on a cobbled street in Spain with his sons and the tens of thousands of others dressed in white with red neckerchiefs, R. Rex Parris felt the kind of fear anyone would before preparing to run in front of raging sharp-horned bulls. But having just survived cancer Rex has some experience facing down ...

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23andMe And Planning For A Healthy Future Together

By Amick B Newlyweds Megan and Justin Heninger shared more than just vows when they tied the knot.  Shortly after their wedding, they both decided to explore their genetics with 23andMe. “I was mostly interested out of concern for the health of the kids we plan to have together,” said Megan, a 21 ...

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Tasty Genetics

It’s not a superpower, but the genetics behind being what some call a “supertaster” might make for a pretty good argument against eating your broccoli. Supertasters have the good fortune, or misfortune, of having highly refined taste receptors. And that discerning palate is genetic. “Supertasters live ...

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Why Wait?

On your own quest for good health, you don’t have to shoulder through a 1,500-meter swim in the Hudson River, or bike 40 kilometers through Manhattan, or run for almost an hour through Central Park. But you’re not Willie Sanchez. For him, training to compete in the New York City Triathlon sounded like the ...

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Exercise Can Modify DNA in Fat Cells

By Sheel Dandekar Not convinced that those trips to the gym are making a difference?  Think again. In a recent study in PloS Genetics, researchers from Lund University in Sweden found that exercising can change how the DNA in fat cells works. With the growing number of links found between genetics and ...

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