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If you have this gene will you get cancer?

“You have cancer” is a phrase no one ever wants to hear.  Women fear breast cancer more than heart disease yet heart disease takes many more lives each year.  One of the questions we frequently get is, “Can genetic tests, like the MyHappyGenes® test, tell me if I’ve got a cancer gene?” So we took […]

 Genetics and cancer

“You have cancer” is a phrase no one ever wants to hear. Women fear breast cancer more than heart disease yet heart disease takes many more lives each year. One of the questions we frequently get is, “Can genetic tests, like the MyHappyGenes® test, tell me if I’ve got a cancer gene?”The simple answer is No, but

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Genes and their Impact on Health and Disease

Similar to inheriting traits like eye and hair color, you can also inherit the susceptibility to diseases from your family members. The genes that you directly inherit from your parents can also impact your health and potential for disease. However, they can be many causes of diseases and other health related issues. Your susceptibility to

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Genetics of Populations as Related to Health and Disease

Specific diseases and health issues can be directly connected to the genetics of populations. The distribution of genetic variations differ greatly among human populations. This is largely due to their historical patterns of mutation, migration, reproduction, mating, selection, and genetic drift. Inherited mutations usually occur during gametogenesis within a single individual and eventually passed onto

Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how people respond to drug therapy. Through research and multiple studies, it has been confirmed that individuals often respond differently to the same drug therapy. This is typically due to one’s genetic makeup, but overall health, diet, and environmental factors also play a significant role in how a person responds

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Studies on cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be used to highlight the problems that occur in using genetic information to understand the etiology of some of the most common chronic diseases. These studies on cardiovascular disease (CVD) are also used to help identify those at the highest risk of developing CVD.  Most cardiovascular disease (CVD) cases

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Sickle Cell Disease- A Single-Gene Disorder

A prime example of a single-gene disorder is sickle cell disease. This refers to an autosomal recessive blood disorder caused by a variant of the β-globin gene called sickle hemoglobin (Hb S).  With sickle cell disease, a single nucleotide substitution (T→A) in the sixth codon of the β-globin gene results in the substitution of valine

Your Genetics and Response to Weight-Loss Interventions

Your genetics are directly related to your response to weight-loss interventions. Now that genetic testing has moved into the mainstream, our understanding of the specific genes dictating how the human body processes nutrients and how our bodies react to activities is much more precise. It is now possible to develop individually-tailored nutrition and exercise programs that are based on and curated to your unique DNA. A recent study published by the European Society of Human Genetics found that dieters employing weight management programs tailored to the individual’s genome lost up to 33% more weight than those following standard, “one size fits all” weight loss programs.