Tag: Parkinson’s

Everyday Hero

There are many faces of Parkinson’s, Claudia’s just happens to be smiling most of the time. “I’m an optimistic person,” said the mother of two teenage boys who lives with her family in Illinois. She’s also one of the 11,000 people with the disease that make up 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community — ...

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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows scientists to edit the human genome. Those two big stories bookended the year showing both the promise and peril of ...

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Parkinson’s Research Challenges

Things aren’t always as they seem with Parkinson’s disease with one recent study showing as many as half those diagnosed with the disease don’t have it, according Dr. J. William Langston. At a recent visit to 23andMe, Langston, a pioneering Parkinson’s researcher as well as the founder and chief science ...

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Debate Around Informing Research Participants

This post comes to us from our friends at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which has worked with us through our Parkinson’s Research Community. There are many different points of view on whether to inform research participants. For 23andMe our approach has always been to give customers and research participants ...

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The Power of One

23andMe’s research is unique in that it enlists the participation of  customers to power scientific breakthroughs. 23andMe can quickly gather data on a broad range of topics from a large pool of people to help make discoveries about various conditions and traits. This can often be done much faster than ...

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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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