Health and Traits

Exercise Can Modify DNA in Fat Cells

August 30, 2013
By Sheel Dandekar Not convinced that those trips to the gym are making a difference?  Think again. In a recent study in PloS Genetics, researchers from Lund University in Sweden...
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New Standards Regulating Gluten Labeling

August 13, 2013
New rules issued by the US Food and Drug Administration earlier this month mean we may finally know what it means when a label on food we buy says “Gluten-Free.”...
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What Patients Say Works for Vulvodynia

June 07, 2013
For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Nearly two years ago, CureTogether released a list of the top patient-rated treatments...
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Craving Coffee Might be Genetic

June 04, 2013
By Amick B. There are many studies that look at the health impacts of drinking coffee, but you’d be forgiven if you weren’t clear about whether it’s good for you....
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Getting Long in the Telomeres

May 30, 2013
Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist Barring injury, disease or capture, some scientists believe that a lobster could live virtually forever. They are amongst a select group of animals, including tortoises,...
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For Your Eyes Only

May 21, 2013
Genetics plays a big role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of vision loss among older Americans. Luckily, there are ways to lower...
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Talking About Breast Cancer Risk

May 14, 2013
Angelina Jolie’s revelation in the New York Times today that she had a double mastectomy after learning about her genetic risk for breast cancer focused attention on the difficult dilemma...
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Brain Injury, Mental Decline, and the APOE Gene

April 04, 2013
Mounting evidence points to brain trauma as a risk factor for mental decline. Football players who’ve had multiple concussions perform worse on tests of brain function and are more likely...
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Heart Disease, Genetics and the Mediterranean Diet

March 25, 2013
Your diet has a huge impact on your health, particularly influencing your risk for things like heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Your genetics equally contributes to your...
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Genetics, Microbes and Celiac Disease

March 06, 2013
Editor’s note: This post has been altered to reflect 23andMe’s new product offering. By Amick B. Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease has a strong genetic component, but new research...
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