Mailbox Genetics

    Just about everyday we see advertisements from Mail order companies marketing risks of genetic disorders, or late-onset Alzheimer’s. Well, for about $100 and a vial full of saliva, you can find out if Parkinson’s is climbing your family tree via a mail-in testing kit.  After a new ruling from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), consumers can bypass doctors for the first time, to learn if they have a genetic risk for 10 diseases. Have you wondered about your Genetics & want to know more?. . . here goes.

    What is genetic testing?

    Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder. More than 1,000 genetic tests are currently in use, and more are being developed.Several methods can be used for genetic testing:

    • Molecular genetic tests (or gene tests) study single genes or short lengths of DNA to identify variations or mutations that lead to a genetic disorder.
    • Chromosomal genetic tests analyze whole chromosomes or long lengths of DNA to see if there are large genetic changes, such as an extra copy of a chromosome, that cause a genetic condition.
    • Biochemical genetic tests study the amount or activity level of proteins; abnormalities in either can indicate changes to the DNA that result in a genetic disorder.
    • It’s simple: order, spit, ship, and wait.

    Because testing has benefits as well as limitations and risks, the decision about whether to be tested is a personal and complex one. A geneticist or genetic counselor can help by providing information about the pros and cons of the test and discussing the social and emotional aspects of testing. This type of testing has been in the news for years, often as part of criminal trials or paternity suits. Doctors and medical researchers have long used genetic testing to diagnose ailments and assess disease risks. But the FDA had been wary of allowing consumers to take matters into their own hands. Does the science support consistent links between certain genetic variants and diseases? And can consumers understand the key concepts in the test reports they get back?

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    My Style

    Animal Palazzo

    Palazzo pants for women first became a popular trend in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The style was reminiscent of the wide-legged cuffed trousers worn by some women fond of avant-garde fashions in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly actresses such as Katharine Hepburn, Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. They have made their way back into mainstream both in their neutral version as well as in eclectic designs. Floral prints and psychedelic motifs make a memorable visual impact. On the other hand, you have the classy elements like polka dots, stripes and plaid print that are promoted by the style crowd irrespective of the season.  I did not have to look any further than my closet to find two pairs of Palazzos that have been around for awhile.

    This is my first attempt at print mixing an outfit and I kinda like this look. The pants you see here were purchased back in 1998 and have stood the test of time. The seams have been repaired once and they are dry cleaned ever so often. The last time I wore them was in 2009 to a birthday party, and they have been patiently waiting for another outing. The great thing about these pants is, that they fit with or without the extra 10 lbs that come and go. The top was purchased from the end of season sale at JCPenney back in April and I just cut off the 6.99 tag. Continue reading