Category: Health and Traits

The Genetic Tests for Drug Response

August is Medic Alert Awareness Month. Medical identification tags such as those available from the Medic Alert Foundation provide emergency responders and health care providers with immediate access to important information about your health. Having this information accessible could save your life. The post ...

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Yakking about Yaks

You may not think very much about yaks, but Tibetans do. The domestic yak is crucial for their survival on the harsh Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The yak provides meat, milk and, to the distate of many Western travelers, salty yak-butter tea.  Like the people who domesticated it, the yak is tough, thriving at ...

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I Wear a Medical ID Bracelet. This is Why.

August is Medic Alert Awareness Month. Medical identification (ID) tags such as those available from the Medic Alert Foundation provide emergency responders and health care providers with immediate access to important information about your health. Having this information accessible could save your ...

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Canine Olympians

Watching the Olympics, I am awed by the athleticism of the contestants: they compete with strength, skill and coordination that I could hardly dream of possessing. Certainly hard work and determination has played a role in each athlete’s story, but probably good genes have also contributed to their ...

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The Connection Between Air Travel and Blood Clots

Are you a jetsetter? Long-distance air travel increases a person’s odds of developing a blood clot, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and dubbed in the media as the “economy-class syndrome”. But choosing coach for your next vacation isn’t the problem per se. Inactivity is the ...

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The Molecular Barcode of Cancer — Targeting Treatment to Patient

Changes in DNA Underlie Cancer Cancer develops when normal cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably because of “mistakes” in the DNA code. DNA (a copy of which is contained in each cell) contains finely tuned instructions for cell growth and production, but as cells copy and pass on this DNA they ...

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Updated Results for Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Mutations in the HFE gene cause most forms of hereditary hemochromatosis — a common genetic condition that increases a person’s risk for iron overload and can lead to liver disease, arthritis and heart problems. HFE-related hemochromatosis is recessive, meaning that you must inherit a mutated gene from each ...

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Three Genes for Blood Clots

Numerous factors increase a person’s risk for developing blood clots in deep veins, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE starts with the formation of a blood clot deep in the body, usually in the legs, and occasionally escalates into a more serious condition called “pulmonary ...

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Learning About My Risk For Iron Overload

Bethann is a Health Content Scientist at 23andMe and regular contributor to the Spittoon. The following is her story about finding out she has a genetic condition that puts her at risk for iron overload. When I received my 23andMe results my initial reaction was that of relief and curiosity — only slightly ...

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Preventing a Disease Lurking in Her Genome

July is National Hemochromatosis Month, and 23andMe will be highlighting stories and research related to this genetic disease that can quietly lead to iron overload ultimately causing damage to the liver, kidney, heart and other organs. Triathlete and research scientist Shauna Dudley says her tastes are ...

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