Category: Health and Traits

Back to School Smarts and Genetics

If you want to stir up trouble, start talking about the role genetics plays in intelligence. First there’s the whole question of what you’re talking about: Is intelligence measured through mathematical skills, problem solving, perceiving emotions, or a raw score from an I.Q. test? Not to be glib but ...

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Autism Study Reveals No Genetic Associations

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include everything from the relatively mild Asperger syndrome (characterized by more mild social and language impairments) to full-fledged autism (characterized by severe social and communicative handicaps, limited interests, and repetitive behaviors).  ASD is relatively ...

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Crowdsourcing Health Conditions

Click on the image above for the interactive visualization. Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who ...

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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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