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CYP2C19 – Metabolizing medications (7/9/2018) - The CYP2C19 enzyme is responsible for the breakdown of several popular drugs including proton pump inhibitors (Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid), certain anti-epileptics, and an antiplatelet drug (Plavix).  CYP2C19 is also involved in activating and breaking down some hormones such as progesterone. There are variants of the CYP2C19 gene that cause some people to be poor metabolizers …
Lipoprotein(a): A big genetic risk for heart disease (7/6/2018) - It is often tempting to think that people who exercise, are thin, and look healthy are at a low risk for heart disease. But beneath all the healthiness can lurk a genetically driven risk factor for a heart attack: elevated lipoprotein a. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US and …
HLA-B27: Genetic Variants That Increase Susceptibility to Autoimmune Diseases (7/5/2018) - Our immune system does an awesome job, most of the time, at fighting off pathogenic bacteria and viruses. But to fight off these pathogens, the body needs to know that they are the bad guys.  One part of our immune system is the major histocompatibility complex, also known as HLA, or human leukocyte antigens. The …
Liver Detox Genes: CYP2C9 Genotypes and Drug Metabolism (7/3/2018) - Have you ever wondered why certain medications don’t work well for you? Genetic variants can change how fast or how slow the medication is broken down in your body. CYP2C9 is a gene that codes for an enzyme that metabolizes quite a few medications in the liver as well as linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, and …
Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKOR Genetic Variants (6/27/2018) - VitaminK1 is a fat-soluble vitamin that is needed by our bodies to synthesize the proteins responsible for blood coagulation.  Without vitaminK1, also known as phylloquinone, bleeding is hard to control.  We get vitaminK1 from eating green plants, as phylloquinone is a part of the photosynthesis process. Vitamin K2 comes in several different forms (MK-4, MK-7, MK-8, …
Your Drinking Genes: How well does your body break down alcohol? (6/19/2018) - Alcohol.  People have been imbibing beer and wine for millennia, enjoying alcohol ever since someone discovered the altered sensations from fermented fruits and grains. Archeologists recently announcing the discovery of an Egyptian brewery from the time of the great pyramid. What does alcohol do in our bodies? And why do people react differently to alcohol? (hint- …
How light at night could double your risk of cancer. (6/17/2018) - The World Health Organization listed ‘light at night’ as a possible carcinogen in 2007. That is an eye-opening statement for something that affects almost all of us. From streetlights to the lamp in the living room, from accent garden lighting to the glow of TV’s and cell phone… artificial light at night is truly ubiquitous. …
Genetic variants that increase susceptibility to Lyme disease (6/7/2018) - Lyme disease is caused by being bitten by a tick that carries the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi  in North America or other Borrelia species in Europe.  General symptoms after being bitten can include a bulls-eye rash, fever, headache, pain, and general malaise. The majority of people recover after a few weeks, but some have symptoms (neurological, cardiovascular, fatigue, arthritis) …
Dads matter: MTHFR variants in fathers affect miscarriage risk (5/31/2018) - There are quite a few studies showing that women carrying certain MTHFR variant combinations are at a somewhat higher risk for miscarriage, but I recently ran across a study that added a new twist to the topic.  It turns out that the father’s MTHFR variants can also play a role in recurrent miscarriages. The study …
Review of 23andMe’s GrandTree Feature (5/24/2018) - Ever wonder whether you get your red hair from your grandmother or grandfather? Is it grandma’s fault that you are likely to go bald? The GrandTree feature on 23andMe allows you to link together three generations to see what a grandchild inherited from their grandparents. This seems to be the ultimate way to know who to …

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