'Stem cell' therapies offered at private clinics need to be approved as drugs, Health Canada says

'Stem cell' therapies offered at private clinics need to be approved as drugs, Health Canada says

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly roundup of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news emailed to subscribers every Saturday morning. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you can do that by clicking here. Canada’s direct-to-consumer cell therapy industry is thriving. Across the country, private clinics continue to sell expensive procedures advertised as […]

Families Come Together For Their First Mother’s Day

Families Come Together For Their First Mother’s Day

Last week, a few 23andMe customers came together for a special brunch and a chance to celebrate their first Mother’s Day with the birth moms they discovered, with the help of 23andMe. From left, Amanda, her birth mother Julia, her mother Janice, and her biological sister Laura. For Amanda, the event was sweeter because she […]

An Ode To Mom Genes

An Ode To Mom Genes

Mom, I’m not the best poet and I know you know it, but here’s my rhyme, I’ll try not to blow it. I am grateful for the traits you gave me — my eyes, curly hair, and even crying easily. I appreciate all the many little things — a preference to listen, but not the […]

23andMe Adds Another Important Condition to Health Communities

23andMe Adds Another Important Condition to Health Communities

Starting today, 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service customers can access a new Health Community page, focused on hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most common form of inherited heart disease. The new HCM Health Community page offers customers information and resources on this condition, which in most cases is caused by genetic variants that make the heart […]

How to achieve eudaimonia and other lessons from The Stoics

How to achieve eudaimonia and other lessons from The Stoics

When we think ancient Rome, we often tend to think in terms of excess — wine-fuelled orgies, giant spectacles with gladiators and epic banquet feasts. But Rome had another side, too — a camp of thinkers who were invested in virtue, moderation and self-discipline. These were the ancient Stoics, whose ideology is now making a […]

Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk, study says

Genetic test predicts middle-aged obesity risk, study says

NEW YORK – Can a genetic test identify newborns at risk of becoming severely obese by middle age? Researchers say they have come up with one, and that it might allow interventions in childhood to avoid that fate. The test examines more than 2 million spots in a person’s genetic code, seeking variants that individually […]

Mindy and Cindy’s 23andMe Story

Mindy and Cindy’s 23andMe Story

By Brittany Natale Cindy, Marvin and Mindy. A genetic journey can be both exhilarating and rewarding. You may uncover once unknown relatives, rich with stories that add more color to your family history. But you may not expect that delving deeper into your DNA could also help to reunite childhood friends. Yet for two middle-aged […]

Health Canada says ultrasound no longer mandatory before Mifegymiso prescribed for abortion

Health Canada says ultrasound no longer mandatory before Mifegymiso prescribed for abortion

Woman no longer need to have an ultrasound before they’re prescribed Mifegymiso for medical termination of a pregnancy, Health Canada says. Mifegymiso is the brand name for the combination of two pills — one containing mifepristone and  the other misoprostol. It is used to terminate early pregnancies. Until now,  Health Canada’s prescribing guidelines required that […]

Esports take a physical toll as gamer culture evolves

Esports take a physical toll as gamer culture evolves

We are all familiar with repetitive stress injuries, whether it’s from overusing our smartphones or texting, and we’ve even made the trek to our medical practitioners seeking relief. But a new patient has been knocking on the doors of chiropractors and physiotherapists – gamers. At The Centre for Fitness, Health and Performance in Toronto, owner […]

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