Category: Health and Traits

Leveraging The Direct-to-Patient Research Model in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a unit of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, is sponsoring a study in rheumatoid arthritis patients that will be conducted by MediGuard.org (a subsidiary of Quintiles) and 23andMe. The study, called TogetherRA, will enroll approximately 1,000 patients who are currently ...

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The Iron Scale: Factors Tipping Towards Overload

Some of us may have grown up thinking that spinach is a good source of iron, but this isn't exactly true. It's been said that a report from the 1800's mistakenly claimed that the vegetable has 10 times more iron than it actually has. It's also known today that spinach contains the molecule oxalic acid, which ...

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Battling Against A Common Genetic Disease

It’s the most common genetic disorder in the United States, but Milo Sharp had never heard of it before. The disorder, hemochromatosis, causes iron overload. Undiagnosed it can lead to a build up of iron in the body, particularly in the liver. This, in turn, can lead to serious health problems. In the ...

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Breast Size Matters — But Not In The Way You Think

With Nick Eriksson Social norms and preferences aside, it turns out that breast size matters -- but not quite in the way you think. 23andMe’s latest research paper, published in the journal BMC Medical Genetics, shows that genetic factors influence whether women have double As or double Ds. This might ...

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The Most Common Genetic Disease

Simply giving blood is one of the best ways to treat iron overload. It’s the most common genetic disease you never heard of.  Hemochromatosis, sometimes called the “Celtic Curse,” affects an estimated one in every 300 Americans, but many who have it have no idea they do. July is National Hemochromatosis ...

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23andMe Tests For Beta Thalassemia

23andMe now includes Beta Thalassemia as one of our more than 40 reports on inherited genetic conditions. Beta thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder where the body doesn’t produce enough hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen throughout the body and gives red blood cells their color. Lack of ...

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Health Care Costs and Reform

(Editors note: Dan Vorhaus pointed out an error in an earlier version of this introduction concerning the SCOTUS blog. We've corrected the error. Thanks Dan.) In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling this week largely upholding the health care reform law, we’re reposting a story we did back in March. If you ...

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Egg Hunt: New Research on Female Fertility

As a woman ages her fertility naturally declines such that by the time she reaches menopause her “ovarian reserve” is depleted, meaning that she has few to no eggs — oocytes — remaining in her ovaries. Some women, however, have problems with fertility relatively early in life and this may be due to premature ...

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Summertime Protection

It’s summertime, you’ve got the beach chair, a trashy novel and sunscreen, but do you have your 23andMe results? Loading... Loading... As the days get longer and people squeeze in a little vacation time, our exposure to the sun's harmful rays goes up and so too does our need to protect against ...

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French-Canadian Ancestry and Relevant Health Conditions

“Québécois” will likely be celebrating John the Baptist and French-Canadian heritage on June 24th with lively parties, parades and bonfires. At 23andMe we’re paying tribute to French-Canadian ancestry with the release of two new health reports on rare genetic disorders (Leigh Syndrome, French Canadian Type; ...

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