After bailing out of the approval process, 23andMe’s DNA testing kit was (technically) banned from sale by the FDA. But it’s still for sale.
Charles Seife in Scientific American says that’s not the reason you should be concerned. That’s because 23andMe’s real business isn’t medical research, it’s data collection.
I’ve blogged this before but since it’s coming onto swimming season, it bears mentioning again: Drowning doesn’t look like drowning. It’s nothing like you’ve seen in movies and TV so educate yourself and you just might save a life.
Craig Bowron asks this important question: Is testosterone testing important? And is treating a condition that is not well understood with a hormone who’s effects are not well understood a good idea?
Or as I like to put it: Getting older is NOT a disease!
If you think contaminated ground water, increased seismic activity and unknown impacts to the food chain are a bad idea, there’s still time to comment on NY’s regulations on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).
When you read something like 6 Le Roy students develop Tourette-like symptoms, district says you have to wonder whether this is unusual or not since the article doesn’t give you sufficient context.
Checking into the data, the emerging consensus is that 1–10 children per 1,000 have Tourette’s, with several studies supporting a tighter range of 6–8 children per 1,000. According to Education.com, Le Roy schools have about 1300 students from K-12 in their three schools. Thus, this would be about the number you’d expect, perhaps even slightly lower than expected.
So what’s happened? Again the article doesn’t say, perhaps the district changed their screening procedures to include checking for Tourette’s. It will be interesting to see what becomes of this.
Sort of buried in this article about the recall of pine nuts sold at Wegmans is how Wegmans knew who purchased the pine nuts through their use of their Shoppers Club card.
You can be fairly sure that any such loyalty card programs are tracking your purchases. Given that, you need to consciously weigh the benefits versus the risks of letting companies like Wegmans have access to this kind of information.