Category: Health and Traits

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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Getting to the Heart of It

23andMe customer Jim Shuma was mentioned in a piece put together by NBC News about using genetic testing to manage your health. Here's more of Jim's story. Jim Shuma isn’t a pessimist, but for a long time the 33 year-old software engineer just assumed he’d die young, like his father and others in his ...

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Change What You Can, Manage What You Can’t

Testing with 23andMe can tell you hundreds of things about your health, and like a lot of our customers, Kevin, one of the actors who appeared in our recent TV campaign, sees power in that. Knowing allows you to try and “change what you can, and manage what you can’t,” he said. In an interview after the ...

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Taking Charge of Her Health

Becoming a mom pushed Morgan Eklund to take charge of her health. Her two young sons helped crystallized in her a simple but powerful goal: “I am going to be here when they grow up,” she told herself. It wasn’t just looking to the future that prodded Morgan to act, but also looking at the past. She’d ...

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New Standards Regulating Gluten Labeling

New rules issued by the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this month mean we may finally know what it means when a label on food we buy says “Gluten-Free.” The new standards are hugely important for the more than 3 million Americans with celiac disease as well as many others who for other reasons may ...

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New Study Helps Explain Alzheimer’s Genetic Risk

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist A report published this month in the journal Nature describes a breakthrough in scientists' understanding of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers from Columbia University dissected the relationship between a genetic risk factor in the APOE gene and the formation of protein ...

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