Color’s September Newsletter, Spectrum – Color

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

Health & Wellness

No Fads, No Gimmicks: 5 Food Rules that Stand the Test of Time

Washington Post, by Cara Rosenbloom

Wouldn’t the most valuable advice be that which has stood the test of time? If you are looking for guidance you can count on now and in the future, start with these five rules …

Hang Out With Happy People — It Might Be Contagious

Time, by Amanda MacMillan

You can actually catch a good mood or a bad mood from your friends, according to a recent study in the journal Royal Society Open Science. But that shouldn’t stop you from hanging out with pals who are down in the dumps …

Really, Really Short Workouts

New York Times, by Tara Parker-Pope

Think you’re too busy to work out? We have the workout for you. In minutes, high-intensity interval training (H.I.I.T.) will have you sweating, breathing hard and maximizing the health benefits of exercise without the time commitment …

Genetics

Fathers Pass on Four Times as Many New Genetic Mutations as Mothers — Study

The Guardian, by Ian Sample

Children inherit four times as many new mutations from their fathers than their mothers, according to research that suggests faults in the men’s DNA are a driver for rare childhood diseases …

Six Genes Linked With Preterm Births

NBC News, by Maggie Fox

Researchers have found mutations in six genes that affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. The findings could lead to ways to test women and perhaps intervene to help keep the developing baby safe in the mother’s womb …

Huge DNA Databases Reveal the Recent Evolution of Humans

The Atlantic, by Sarah Zhang

Evolution did not stop when the first modern humans emerged. A new study of two massive genetic databases suggests genetic mutations that shorten lifespans have been weeded out since, and are possibly still in the process of being weeded out today …

This Is How Much of Autism Is Genetic

Time, by Alice Park

For a condition as complex as autism, it’s almost certain that both genes and environment play an important role. But teasing apart how much DNA contributes to the developmental condition and how much is due to environmental exposures …

Cancer & Heart Health

The Signs Of Ovarian Cancer Every Woman Should Know About

Women’s Health, by Korin Miller

You may have heard ovarian cancer referred to as a “silent killer” before, and there’s a good reason for it — the disease doesn’t have as many obvious indicators as, say, breast or skin cancer. But that doesn’t mean women don’t experience symptoms …

Yes, Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too. Here’s What You Need to Know

Health, by Julia Naftulin

Everyone recognizes the pink ribbons that signify breast cancer awareness, but few think the cause relates to men. More than 2,400 new cases of male breast cancer will be diagnosed this year, reports the American Cancer Society …

9 Prostate Cancer Symptoms Every Man Should Know

Health, by Dr. Owusu

Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in men, and the second-leading cause of cancer death, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The tricky thing about prostate cancer is that it’s often silent for years, with no early symptoms …

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

Huffington Post, by Dr. Mary-Claire King

The week of April Fools’ Day of 1981 began badly. That Sunday night my husband told me he was leaving me. He had fallen in love with one of his graduate students, and they were headed back to the tropics the next day …

Why Are Young, Fit People Dying From Heart Disease?

US News, by Anna Medaris Miller

13-year-old Michael Overstreet was dining at a small roadside restaurant during a family vacation when his dad collapsed & died from a heart attack. His father wasn’t the first man in the family to die suddenly from heart failure at a relatively young age …

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