Tag: Alzheimer’s disease

This Year’s Top Ten Genetic Findings

Each year at this time 23andMe puts together a list of the most interesting genetic findings of 2013. We’re doing that again but with a twist. We want to include in our list a few things that aren’t findings or discoveries, but clearly these stories have had a huge impact on the field of genetics. The fact ...

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New Study Helps Explain Alzheimer’s Genetic Risk

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist A report published this month in the journal Nature describes a breakthrough in scientists' understanding of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers from Columbia University dissected the relationship between a genetic risk factor in the APOE gene and the formation of protein ...

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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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A Genetic Variant Protective Against Alzheimer’s

This past summer researchers announced they’d discovered a rare genetic variant that may be protective against Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is an important topic among 23andMe customers so naturally they asked for more information about the variant. After a review of the research,  we recently released ...

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World Alzheimer’s Day

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 purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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Genetics and the Risks from Traumatic Brain Injuries

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 purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPWatch: Do These Genes Make My Brain Look Big?

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 purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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23andMe Launches Health Report on Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in older people and is projected to become a major health burden as the population of the United States ages. Currently more than five million Americans are thought to have the disease, but by the year 2050 that number is estimated to reach 15 million. ...

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Studies Identify Five More Genetic Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s

Results published this week in the journal Nature Genetics identified five more genes associated with risk of developing Alzheimer’s, doubling the total number of genes known to be linked to the devastating disease. The two studies — one led by Paul Hollingworth and Julie Williams in Europe and the other by ...

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SNPwatch: Large Study Identifies Two More Genetic Variants Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Understanding Alzheimer's disease, the most common cause of dementia in people 65 years and older, is of the utmost importance as the population of the United States (and many other nations) becomes increasingly older.  Currently more than five million Americans are thought to have the disease, but by the ...

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