Category: Health and Traits

Sneezing on Summer Solstice?

Today is summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This means that there’s a lot of light around and as a consequence, people with the “ACHOO syndrome” might be sneezing a lot. Gesundheit! Two years ago 23andMe announced a new genetic discovery that at least partially ...

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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day and commemorates the date in 2008 when the United Nations began recognizing this group of genetic blood disorders as a public health concern. Sickle cell disease affects millions around the globe and nearly 100,000 people in the United States. It’s relatively ...

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23andMe’s Latest Publication Shines Light on Male Pattern Baldness and Unexpected Associations with Disease

A new paper in PLoS Genetics describes discoveries related to the genetics of male pattern baldness, with substantial contributions from the 23andMe community. Led by Dr. Brent Richards of McGill University, the study combined genome-wide association data from seven cohorts, comparing men with "early onset" ...

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Happy Father’s Day!

Male 23andMe customers can learn more about their paternal line (the ancestry inferred from their Y-chromosome) here: Paternal Ancestry Not yet a customer? Visit our store or learn more. For National Men’s Health Week, and in the lead up to Father's Day, we had two posts on health issues specific ...

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Why Not Participate? One Patient’s Perspective

This post first ran a few days ago on the Michael J. Fox Foundation blog. We liked it so much we're re-posting it here. Please take a look and, if you have Parkinson's, think about joining Gary and thousands of others and sign up and be part of our Parkinson's research community. By Lauren Anderson For ...

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Quiz Answers: Oldest vs. Youngest — Success, Personality, and Health

Theories abound about the effects of birth order on personality, success, and other life outcomes. Last week we quizzed our readers on traits that differed between 23andMe customers who were oldest children (firstborns) versus youngest children (lastborns). Congratulations to Kay, the winner of the quiz! Kay ...

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects more men than any other type of cancer -- approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with it.  Although two-thirds of prostate cancers grow slowly and are largely asymptomatic, the remaining third of prostate cancers are aggressive and deadly, killing more men than any other cancer ...

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Ah, Fatherhood — Dirty Diapers, Skinned Knees … and Healthier Hearts?

You claim that Junior is giving you gray hairs, but is he really? In actuality your kids may be adding years to your life -- one recent study suggests that fatherhood may actually reduce a man’s risk of dying from a heart attack. The study, which was conducted last year and led by Michael Eisenberg at ...

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Fighting Cancer Together

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently wrapped up its annual meeting, bringing together health care professionals focused on the fight against cancer. The five days were packed with mind-expanding science and encouraging updates on new efforts for research collaboration between doctors, ...

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Oldest vs. Youngest — Let the Sibling Rivalries Begin!

Ever felt like your studious oldest sibling was more responsible? Or that your rebellious younger sibling always got the most attention? Our latest quiz questions our thoughts about the effects birth order has on personality, accomplishment, and life choices. This quiz is now closed. See the answers ...

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