Category: Health and Traits

A Gut Bug, Genetics and Treating Serious Stomach Diseases

By Bertram Koelsch Do you know the bacteria H. pylori? Well, H. pylori may already know you. H. pylori can be found in the stomach of 30-40 percent of people in the US and 70 percent or more of people in developing regions. Indeed, humans have a long-standing and intimate relationship with these ...

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23andMe Provides An Update Regarding FDA’s Review

By Anne Wojcicki After discussion with officials from the Food and Drug Administration today, 23andMe will comply with the FDA’s directive and stop offering new consumers access to health-related genetic tests while the company moves forward with the agency’s regulatory review processes. 23andMe has ...

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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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