Category: Health and Traits

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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Improving Health With 23andMe

Sometimes when she sees her 5-year-old daughter thriving and making up for lost time, Kristen Whitaker says it makes her feel “almost weepy.” It reminds her that for a long time her daughter wasn’t doing so well. It reminds Kristen that her little girl was for a time falling behind on the growth chart, not ...

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Planning for Wellness With 23andMe

After spending 15 years as a primary care physician, Dr. Mark Costa wanted a better way to practice medicine, one that gave him more time with each of his patients. So the Boston area physician and his wife, Marilyn Chown, a medical researcher and nurse, opened a small medical practice of their own. The ...

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What Patients Say Works for Vulvodynia

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Nearly two years ago, CureTogether released a list of the top patient-rated treatments for vulvodynia, a common form of female reproductive pain that makes regular ...

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Craving Coffee Might be Genetic

By Amick B. There are many studies that look at the health impacts of drinking coffee, but you’d be forgiven if you weren’t clear about whether it’s good for you. Research has found consuming coffee could potentially prevent heart disease, type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer, but the ...

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Getting Long in the Telomeres

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist Barring injury, disease or capture, some scientists believe that a lobster could live virtually forever. They are amongst a select group of animals, including tortoises, clams and jellyfish, that are "negligibly senescent." They don't age much. So why aren't we ...

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For Your Eyes Only

Genetics plays a big role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of vision loss among older Americans. Luckily, there are ways to lower the risk through diet. Recently the National Institutes of Health slightly changed its recommendations regarding a ...

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Talking About Breast Cancer Risk

Angelina Jolie’s revelation in the New York Times today that she had a double mastectomy after learning about her genetic risk for breast cancer focused attention on the difficult dilemma faced by many women in similar circumstances. Jolie said she decided to write about her case to help other women. "I ...

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Health at 23andMe: L’Chaim, Sheridan!

If you saw adoptee Sheridan* on the street, you might wonder -- as she does -- about her ancestral origins. You could guess a few things, but would you have guessed she has Jewish ancestry? It turns out a small percentage of her ancestry is Ashkenazi, a fact she learned recently from her 23andMe Ancestry ...

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Brain Injury, Mental Decline, and the APOE Gene

Mounting evidence points to brain trauma as a risk factor for mental decline. Football players who’ve had multiple concussions perform worse on tests of brain function and are more likely to have memory problems later on. Repeated blows to the head can also cause certain types of dementia -- medically ...

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