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Color’s June Newsletter, Spectrum – Color

Linda Jiang

Color’s monthly newsletter, Spectrum, helps you stay up to date on living a healthy life with the latest in health & wellness, genetics, and cancer. If you found this information interesting, sign up for our monthly Health Notes here.

Health & Wellness

How to maintain, or even improve, your memory as you age

Washington Post, by Consumer Reports

As you age, some slowdown in memory and processing is to be expected. That can mean a forgotten birthday, an accidentally retold story, a temporarily misplaced wallet. Such run-of-the-mill forgetfulness may increase over the years but is usually not …

What you should know about drinking water (but probably don’t)

NBC News, by Brianna Steinhilber

As a kid, your parents are always telling you to drink more of it. In your 20s you down one between cocktails to stave off a hangover. As you get older you notice dry skin, under-eye circles and headaches creeping up when you don’t get enough of it …

Yoga works as well as physical therapy for back pain

Time, by Amanda MacMillan

Another study is touting the benefits of yoga — this time, for people with back problems. The new research put yoga head-to-head against physical therapy and found the two were equally good at restoring function and reducing the need for pain medication over time …


Scientists discover a key to a longer life in male DNA

New York Times, by Carl Zimmer

A common genetic mutation is linked to an increase in life span of about 10 years among men, researchers reported on Friday. The mutation, described in the journal Science Advances, did not seem to have any effect on women. Still, it joins …

A rare genetic mutation reveals secrets of the common cold

Discover, by Nathaniel Scharping

A rare mutation that nearly killed a young girl has revealed insights into the common cold. Researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases conducted a genetic analysis of a child who had been laid low by repeated bouts of rhinovirus …

Babies’ DNA affects mothers’ risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnancy, study finds

Science Daily, by University of Nottingham

A major new international study has revealed for the first time that some features in a baby’s DNA can increase the risk of its mother developing pre-eclampsia — a potentially dangerous condition in pregnancy …


Chemotherapy, then the U.S. Championships, for Gabriele Grunewald

New York Times, by Michael Powell

Gabriele Grunewald stepped onto the track as the dying light of day yielded to periwinkle evening. She and her fellow world-class runners walked single file, hair tied in ponytails, to the starting line at the annual Prefontaine Classic …

New therapy offers hope against incurable form of breast cancer

The Guardian, by Jessica Glenza

A type of inherited and incurable breast cancer that tends to affect younger women could be targeted by a new therapy, researchers have found. Painless cancer detection could become routine thanks to ‘liquid biopsies’ …

Evidence grows linking grilled meat and cancer, but you can lower the risk

Washington Post, by Emily Sohn

The warm evenings of summer are prime time for grilling. But this all-American ritual may also raise health risks — particularly if the grill is loaded up with hamburgers and hot dogs. When cooked at high temperatures or over open flames …


How two women pioneered lab automation at Color: ‘A milestone in lab development’


The Women in Engineering at Color are Leading the Charge with Innovation


Life at Color — Meet Stephanie Wallace (Lead Cardiovascular Genetic Counselor)