The Dark Side of Genetic Testing + Other Stories
Every week, we corral the best wellness stories from around the internet—just in time for your weekend bookmarking. This week: The murky area around FDA approvals for genetic testing, the role of spirituality in treating cancer, and the technology that could help us all find that good, sound sleep.
Ever been confused about the sincerity of a smile? A new study suggests that, of the 19 categorized smiles in the human repertoire, only six occur when we’re having a good time or are genuinely happy.
As it turns out, there’s a body of evidence pointing to the fact that doctors should consider patients’ spirituality during treatment (even though every instinct is otherwise).
The FDA recently cleared genetic testing company 23AndMe to offer screening tests for individuals at risk for diseases including late-onset Alzheimers and Parkinsons. Unsurprisingly, many fear that such tests could lead to unnecessary stress and confusion, as as they don’t take into account an individual’s lifestyle and other health factors.