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Study: Consumers take DNA health results in stride

By Malcolm Ritter
AP Science Writer / January 12, 2011

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NEW YORK—A new study says consumers who get their DNA tested for health risks take the results in stride. But they're also not inspired to eat better or exercise more.

It's the first major study to assess how people react to commercial DNA tests that estimate their risk for a bunch of diseases.

Researchers surveyed about 2,000 customers about five months after they got their test results back. The DNA assessment covered 22 conditions, including Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, glaucoma, and several cancers.

The results were released online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine.

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