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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Linked to Progressive Supranuclear Palsy

Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a rare movement disorder caused by damage to certain areas of the brain. People with PSP experience increasing difficulty balancing and walking and suffer from frequent falls, in addition to varying vision, mood, and cognitive problems. PSP is similar to Parkinson’s ...

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SNPWatch & 23andMe Research Findings: Migraines and the Speed of Science

Editor's note: This post has been changed from its original to reflect regulatory changes on what 23andMe can report to customers. Science is slow. It can take years to enroll patients in studies, run experiments and analyze data. To make matters worse, it can often take a year or more just to get those ...

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SNPwatch: Association Between FTO Variant and Obesity Depends on Age and Impacts Development

Obesity is an enormous public health concern in the United States, affecting about 33% of adults and 20% of children and adolescents. While lifestyle and environmental factors play an undeniable role in whether an individual becomes obese, researchers have also uncovered common genetic variants that influence ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variant Associated with Breast Density

Mammography is a common imaging method used to screen for breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. The result of a mammogram is a simple black and white image of the tissues that make up the breast. But even an image displaying apparently healthy breast tissue may still show signs that could be ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Risk Variants Shared by Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease

Imagine if the simple act of eating triggered your immune system to mistakenly mount an attack inside your own body. Nearly three million people with Crohn’s or celiac disease face this distinct possibility every day in the United States, and they quickly learn that specific foods lead to a debilitating ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Variant Linked to Chronic Pain

If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, given yourself a paper cut, or burned yourself on a hot stove, you’re very familiar with the intense -- but temporary -- feelings of acute pain. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can persist for years, usually precipitated by a significant injury. Older people and those with ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Common Genetic Variants Associated with Early Menopause Risk

When is the best time to start a family? In making this decision, each woman must weigh external factors against her internal biological clock. In Caucasian women, menopause occurs around 51 years of age, with a normal range between 40 and 60 years. Although post-menopausal infertility is widely recognized, ...

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SNPwatch: Breathe Easier…New Insights From Asthma Research

Coughing, wheezing, lungs encased in steel (or so they seem) ... asthma makes breathing a challenge for nearly 25 million Americans of all ages. Despite the overwhelming number of people affected, this disease continues to be difficult to understand and to treat. Asthma is divided into two main categories ...

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SNPwatch: Apple or Pear? How Genes Help Shape Your Shape

You’ve probably heard about the fruit-based analogies to describe body shape. “Apples” tend to carry more weight around their waist whereas “pears” tend to be heavier around the hips and thighs. But the differences between apples and pears extend beyond simple appearance. Studies have shown that physical ...

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SNPwatch: Jeans Too Tight? Don’t Just Blame Your Genes.

In 2009, 27% of Americans met the clinical criteria for obesity—a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater—7 percentage points higher than a mere 9 years earlier. Even this staggering 27% estimate may be too low. A large National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) study estimated the prevalence of ...

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