Category: Health and Traits

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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Empowering Your Health With 23andMe

While the fact that 23andMe started airing commercials for the first time is in-and-of itself new, we don’t want you to miss something else that is unique about this campaign. Each of the actors used in the commercials tested with 23andMe. Like our customers they each wanted to explore their own DNA. The ...

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The Future Is Now

When he signed up as one of 23andMe’s first customers, Jonathan Zittrain thought that one day personal genetic testing could transform healthcare, he just didn’t imagine it would involve him. Jonathan writes books, teaches at Harvard Law School and is the co-director of the university’s Berkman Center for ...

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The Power of Knowing

Ignorance isn’t always bliss and what you don’t know really can hurt you, or so Jennifer Goldstein has learned. If she hadn’t tested she might never have seen her doctor; never would have asked the right questions; never taken the action she needed to keep herself healthy. “But for the test I’d have ...

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