2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 2

December 30, 2009
In our last post we highlighted a few of the coolest (in our opinion!) health-related developments of 2009.   But human genetics isn’t all about disease.   Here are a...
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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 1

December 28, 2009
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...
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SNPwatch: Two More Genetic Variants Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

December 21, 2009
A new study has identified more common genetic variants associated with increased risk for cleft lip and palate.   Combined with two previous studies, there are now four variations that...
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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

December 18, 2009
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...
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23andMe H1N1 Flu Survey: Share Your Experience

December 17, 2009
By now, you’re probably sick of hearing about the 2009 H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.   But if you believe you’ve had it, and you’ve already recovered...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

December 16, 2009
Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

December 15, 2009
Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected...
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23andMe Sports Injuries Survey: Staying in the Game

December 11, 2009
Nobody likes that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you watch a young college athlete hit the ground in pain and you wonder if his or her career...
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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

December 10, 2009
From alchemists and the Philosopher’s Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely....
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SNPwatch: A New Genetic Variant Associated with ALS Risk and Age-of-Onset

December 09, 2009
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and deadly neurological disorder affecting voluntary muscle movement. It typically claims victims’ lives about three years after symptoms begin. In the United States,...
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