Tag: Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s Symptoms Different For Men and Women

(Editor's note: The first sentence in this post has been corrected. An editing error included the statement that preliminary research showed that onset for Parkinson's in women begins earlier. That is not the case. ) The 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community continues to fuel insights into the disease, with ...

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23andMe At ASHG

Ed note: This post has been slightly changed since it first went up. We've also added in links to the posters that were presented at the conference. They are listed at the bottom of this post. At this year’s American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Boston, a team of 23andMe scientists presented ...

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Coffee, Tea And 23andMe

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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23andMe and Parkinson’s: Past, Present, and Future

What Causes Parkinson's Disease? The symptoms of Parkinson’s are thought to stem from a loss of dopamine-producing brain cells that normally control movement, but what causes these cells to die off in the first place is difficult to answer. Toxins and other environmental factors can play a role, but ...

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

During Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we’ll be highlighting promising research and new findings in the fight against Parkinson’s. Along the way we hope to boost enrollment in 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community past 7,500 people, getting us that much closer to our ultimate goal of 10,000 people in the ...

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An Update On Our Parkinson’s Research Community

At 23andMe, we are committed to advancing understanding of human health and disease, and to giving everyone an opportunity to participate in scientific research that is meaningful for them. We launched our first research community focused on Parkinson's disease in 2009 with those goals in mind. Less than two ...

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New Study Suggests LRRK2 G2019S Mutation Carriers are More Likely to Have Postural Instability and Gait Difficulty Type of Parkinson’s Disease

More than a million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and another 50,000 are diagnosed each year. There is active research to try to understand this devastating condition, but scientists still don't really know what causes it.  There are no clear environmental triggers for the disease, and genetics doesn’t ...

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SNPwatch: The Bad Driving Gene?

New research suggests that your skills behind the wheel may be affected by your genes. To better understand the effects of a variant in the BDNF gene on motor skills learning, Steven Cramer and colleagues at UC Irvine tested 29 subjects in a driving simulator. Their results, published in the journal ...

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On Our Way to 10,000: 23andMe Welcomes First Members of Parkinson’s Disease Community

We've set out to build the world's largest online PD genetics community, and we're thrilled to report that more than 2,000 people have enrolled since the initiative was launched last month. Owing to tremendous support from The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, their ...

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A New Approach to Research: The 23andMe Parkinson’s Disease Initiative

By 23andMe Co-Founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki We started 23andMe with a simple, yet expansive, vision: to take DNA into the mainstream.  In order to demystify genetics, we thought the best approach was to give individuals access to their genomes and help them gain personalized insight into their own ...

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