Insight into my DNA has been made possible by personal genomics. Now, I am able to know whether I have cancer-causing or other alterations in my genes. However, you might be someone who adamantly refuses to learn about your genes and whether you are at risk for certain diseases. Avoiding information that threatens happiness or health is not abnormal and is sometimes referred to as information avoidance.
March is Caffeine Awareness Month! Since caffeine is probably one of the most frequently consumed drugs in the world, it is important we educate ourselves about it. Education allows us to make informed decisions about whether and how we consume caffeinated products.
Vitamin C is one of those popular nutrients that I have heard about for most of my life. I have read or been told that I need to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies to ensure that I get enough of this popular vitamin. And when I don’t have time to eat enough fresh produce, there are many tasty vitamin C supplements that will fill the void.
Though you might not have realized, type 1 diabetes has been in the news lately! TV icon Mary Tyler Moore recently died from complications related to type 1 diabetes (among other conditions). She was diagnosed with the condition at age 33, just before the Mary Tyler Moore Show made its debut. She worked tirelessly as a diabetes advocate, serving as international chair of JDRF (formerly called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation). She testified before Congress and led campaigns that raised billions for type 1 diabetes research.
I will be honest and admit, I never quite understood what whole genome sequencing was until I tried it. I provided a sample of my saliva and waited about two months for the results. At the end of the two-month period, I received hundreds of user-friendly reports that provided me with genetic information in a myriad of areas.
After a diagnosis of cancer comes the discussion of treatment options. The patient contemplates trying chemotherapy or radiation therapy, but wonders whether these treatment options will work. After all, they do come with a lot of collateral damage. For some people, the treatment causes more trouble than if the growth was just left untreated. Meanwhile, others respond quite well to the treatment. So, how is a patient to know which category he or she will fall into?
Being “fat” doesn’t always mean what you think it means. If you’re imagining a large figure, visible rolls of fat and big numbers on a scale, you may not be aware of the “skinny fat” phenomenon. Take this woman, for example, featured in The New York Times, weighing in at just 119 lbs., but with fat around her organs, she developed problems associated with obesity like Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and a fatty liver. Not what you’d expect for someone who looks skinny and is just 119 lbs.! Looking “thin” can be misleading when you are skinny fat.
A man was in an auto accident that left his right leg shattered. Over the next 4+ years, he faced relentless leg and back pain. Despite taking strong pain killers and increasing the dosages, his pain was still bad enough to rate it a 10 on a 10-point scale. It got to the point where the dosage could only be increased so much, and trying various other medications proved futile. That’s when doctors suggested genetic testing. What they found changed everything.
Ever wonder about your genetic ancestry? Your risk for inherited diseases? Why your sibling has depression, but you don’t? For the first time, these answers and more are at your fingertips. pH Labs has partnered with Genomics Personalized Health to take genomic testing out of the research lab and into your hands. Genomics Personalized Health is the first in the world to offer direct-to-consumer whole genome testing, and pH Labs is the first to bring it to you in Los Angeles County.