Author: BethannH

Egg Hunt: New Research on Female Fertility

As a woman ages her fertility naturally declines such that by the time she reaches menopause her “ovarian reserve” is depleted, meaning that she has few to no eggs — oocytes — remaining in her ovaries. Some women, however, have problems with fertility relatively early in life and this may be due to premature ...

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French-Canadian Ancestry and Relevant Health Conditions

Editor's note: This post has been edited from its original. “Québécois” will likely be celebrating John the Baptist and French-Canadian heritage on June 24th with lively parties, parades and bonfires. At 23andMe we’re paying tribute to French-Canadian ancestry with the release of two new health reports on ...

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Sneezing on Summer Solstice?

Editor's note: This post has been edited to reflect changes in our product. Today is summer solstice, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. This means that there’s a lot of light around and as a consequence, people with the “ACHOO syndrome” might be sneezing a lot. Gesundheit! Two ...

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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day and commemorates the date in 2008 when the United Nations began recognizing this group of genetic blood disorders as a public health concern. Sickle cell disease affects millions around the globe and nearly 100,000 people in the United States. It’s relatively ...

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SNPwatch: Novel Genetic Factors for Crohn’s Disease Identified for Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry

Crohn’s disease develops when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own gut cells. Although most people with European ancestry are pretty genetically similar, some sub-groups like Ashkenazi Jews have distinct genetic characteristics that carry important implications for health. For instance, people ...

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The “Uniqueness” of Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry is Important for Health

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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Cancer Touches Everyone

23andMe is passionate about fighting cancer. We’re researching specific forms of cancer and treatments (see sidebar) and also learning more generally about cancer through our Cancer Family History survey (men’s version and women’s version). Personal experiences have the potential to fuel important research ...

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From Menarche to Menopause

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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Thanks for the Mito Mom!

Mothers are special on so many levels. We cherish them for loving us and imparting important life lessons... and for giving us mitochondria (or "mito" for short)! Mitochondria are small, roundish structures inside of cells that produce cellular energy. They have "zigzag insides" and their own DNA, which can ...

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Gaining Perspective on Metastatic Breast Cancer

A few of us from 23andMe attended the 6th Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer two weekends ago in Philadelphia. This national conference is put on by a patient advocacy organization called Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) that empowers women affected by breast cancer to live ...

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