Tag: cholesterol

Keep on Pushing

Even at 73, nothing much slows down Richard Cummings. For almost fifty years he’s run his own company, moving into sheet metal work and erecting steel structures for buildings over the last two decades. More recently he added another business “as a sideline,” as he says, raising cattle. With all that ...

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Getting to the Heart of It

23andMe customer Jim Shuma was mentioned in a piece put together by NBC News about using genetic testing to manage your health. Here's more of Jim's story. Jim Shuma isn’t a pessimist, but for a long time the 33 year-old software engineer just assumed he’d die young, like his father and others in his ...

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Health Watch: New Year’s Resolutions, Reproduction and Rare Diseases

Like many people around the world, the health content team at 23andMe rang in 2012 with resolutions of staying healthy and it seemed fitting to delve into the genetics underlying response to diet and exercise, eating behavior and cholesterol levels. As we eased in to the new year, we segued into reproduction, ...

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SNPwatch: KIF6 Tangos with LDL Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

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: More Genetic Variations Linked to AMD, a Leading Cause of Vision Loss

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss in the western world among people over 60. The two forms of the disease – wet and dry – both cause vision loss by destroying cells in the central portion of the retina. In the last few years, progress in ...

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Genetic Research Could Lead to New Cholesterol Drugs

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: The Year in Review

Our SNPwatch posts here at The Spittoon are one of our most exciting features. They give our customers the opportunity to connect their genetic data to the newest discoveries, often within just hours of a study’s publication. Looking ahead to 2009, we can only begin to imagine the exciting discoveries ...

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New Papers from Nature Genetics Yield a Bounty of Cholesterol SNPs

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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A Genomic Moment

Russ Altman. In a recent post on his "Building Confidence" blog, 23andMe scientific advisor Russ Altman recounts an experience that should be familiar to 23andMe customers who regularly read The Spittoon. After reading a recent New England Journal of Medicine paper about a genetic variant associated with ...

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