Can I use my ancestry genetic test results to get a Pillcheck report?

Ancestry genetic testing is a great introduction to genetics for many consumers. Direct-to-consumer ancestry tests can predict how much Neanderthal DNA you’ve inherited or that your eyes are blue rather than brown. These tests are entertaining, affordable and have changed the relationship we have with our DNA. However, ancestry tests are not a substitute for 

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Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depressive disorder every year. For roughly 30% of these individuals, standard antidepressants are not effective. People with treatment-resistant depression typically exhaust all options, trying antidepressant after antidepressant with no improvement in symptoms. Treatment-resistant patients sometimes turn to other therapies, such as cognitive behaviour therapy, electroshock therapy and transcranial 

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Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Falls are the most common cause of injury and injury-related hospitalizations in the elderly. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, between 20-30% of seniors fall each year. Falls in seniors are estimated to directly cost over $2 billion per year in Canada alone. Falls account for 95% of all hip fractures, and the elderly 

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Drug Metabolism and Aging

Drug Metabolism and Aging

Optimizing medications for older patients Prescribing for older patients can be challenging. Studies have shown that the elderly are more unpredictable in their response to both the benefits and adverse effects of medications. There are many biological processes that determine how the body reacts to a drug and each of these processes are affected by 

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Reversing aging

Is the secret to reversing aging in our genes?

The search to reverse aging and extend lifespan has intrigued humanity ever since we developed awareness of our own mortality. New scientific data now suggests that the fountain of youth is in our genes. Researchers at the Salk Institute (La Jolla, California), reversed aging in mice by reprogramming their genome. These genetically engineered mice had 

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Precision DNA

Precision in Genetic Testing: High-definition for more accurate results and better outcomes

Rapid advances in DNA technology now allow us the opportunity to peak inside our genes, glimpsing information that reaches beyond what is outward apparent in eye colour, height, or the ability to form blood clots. A plethora of genetic testing companies have sprung up, offering services that predict everything from the percentage of Neanderthal DNA 

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