Age matters when it comes to screening for cervical cancer

Middle-aged women can choose which test to undergo for cervical cancer screening, according to a draft recommendation from an influential group backed by the U.S. government.         Women ages 30 to 65 can choose to receive a Pap test every three years or a human papillomavirus (HPV) test every five years, according to the U.S. Preventive Services […]

DNA Testing Helps Reveal Hidden Family History

DNA Testing Helps Reveal Hidden Family History

Bob Hutchinson’s parents. Like moving to the top of a ridge to suddenly see the landscape anew, Bob Hutchinson’s 23andMe gave him a new view of himself, of his family history and even of the world around him. “It was a surprise,” Bob told the New York Times recently. His story was featured both in […]

Doctors should push for STI testing: Doctors’ Notes

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) worldwide. In Ontario alone, there were nearly 42,000 cases of this “silent” bacterial infection reported last year. But these numbers don’t tell the whole story. Chlamydia often doesn’t cause symptoms, so it’s important to screen for infection. And if you develop symptoms — such […]

23andMe Adds New Genetic Health Risk Reports

23andMe Adds New Genetic Health Risk Reports

Last week, 23andMe released two new genetic health risk reports for customers. Taken together, 23andMe’s Genetic Health Risk reports remain the only direct-to-consumer genetic health reports authorized by the FDA. They can tell you about genetic variants that may increase your risk of developing certain serious health conditions, such as late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s. […]

Make your morning workout a reality

You’d probably love to be one of those people who consistently exercise after work. But life gets in the way — kids, work, social commitments — and your daily fitness routine goes out the window. A morning workout routine seem like an obvious answer, but how do you actually do it? You can turn yourself […]

Why athletes’ concussion MRIs ‘not all doom and gloom’

Why athletes’ concussion MRIs ‘not all doom and gloom’

Varsity athletes who are medically cleared to return to play after a concussion show changes — but not impairments — in their brain structure and functioning on MRI scans, Canadian researchers have found. Investigators from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto used advanced MRI to scan 27 athletes playing contact and non-contact sports within a week of […]

Using 23andMe To Find Family

Using 23andMe To Find Family

Paul Leventhal is a patient man. Paul, right, and his brother Jimmy. In his 70s now, he’s been searching for his biological father since he was 18. More than two years ago, we wrote about Paul finding his half brother, Jimmy, using 23andMe. Their story — spanning decades and several continents — was dramatic and […]

Water study on bottles, storage containers finds high rates of illness-causing bacteria

ST. JOHN’S, N.L.—Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers. “People don’t really think about it,” said Sherilee Harper, co-author of the study recently published in the journal “Environmental Science and Pollution Research.” “You know, it’s just water going into […]

RCMP plan to launch study on operational stress, PTSD in Mounties

RCMP plan to launch study on operational stress, PTSD in Mounties

Canada’s national police force is looking to launch a study into the mental and physiological markers for depression, addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in its officers. Details of the study are outlined in a request for proposal listed on the federal government’s buy and sell website, which shows the RCMP is looking to hire a multidisciplinary team of experts, including […]

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