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Angelina Jolie Boosted Breast Cancer Genetic Testing: Study

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie’s public disclosure in 2013 regarding her surgery for breast cancer led to a spike in genetic tests for a gene known to increase the deadly disease, a study has found. Jolie lost her mother to ovarian and breast cancer and grandmother and aunt to breast cancer. In an op-ed piece in The New York Times — a major US daily — Jolie announced that she had undergone surgery in order to reduce her chances of getting the disease. “My doctors estimated that I had an 87…

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Healthy lifestyle reduces even genetic heart attack risk

A recent study has found that even among those at high genetic risk, following a healthy lifestyle can cut in half the probability of a heart attack or similar event. It is a well known fact that following a healthy lifestyle, not smoking, avoiding excess weight and exercising regularly can keep one away from risk of heart disease. But what about people who have inherited gene variants known to increase risk? “The basic message of our study is that DNA is not destiny,” says Sekar Kathiresan. “Many individuals – both…

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Healthy Lifestyle Can Reduce Genetic Heart Attack Risk

Following a healthy lifestyle can cut in half the probability of a heart attack or similar events even among those at high genetic risk, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin. “The basic message of our study is that DNA is not destiny,” said study senior author Sekar Kathiresan, Director, Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US. The study published in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that lifestyle factors — not smoking, avoiding excess weight and getting regular exercise — significantly alter the risk…

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