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Personal Genetic Testing – How Much Do You Want To Know?

Personal Genetic Testing – How Much Do You Want To Know?

It’s the recent media story that carries some major health implications for us all and carries a lot of ‘punch’ in terms of the headlines. “DNA-screening test 23andMe launches in UK after US ban: The Google-backed genotyping service can screen for common genetic diseases such as cystic fibrosis or sickle cell anaemia.” ran the Guardian. Whilst the Independent led with “£125 genetic test kit backed by Google arrives in Britain – with a health warning: A Google-backed company that offers a personal genetic screening to test for risk factors associated with diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s will be available in the UK from today despite deep public health concerns in the US.” 23andMe is named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a human cell. Continue reading  ▶

Health Apps and Devices

“GPs will ‘prescribe’ health and fitness apps” ran the headline this week in the Daily Telegraph. “The new strategy will see NHS set up its own ‘app store’ endorsing programmes to help people lose weight, exercise more and monitor health conditions. Details will be announced later this week as part of a strategy, Personalised Health and Care 2020 about how to tailor information for patients’ needs.” Continue reading  ▶