An Unexpected Way to Save a Cancer Patient’s Life: Genetic Testing Prior to Drug Prescription

Better Health

The existence of adverse reactions to medical drugs has been burned into our collective psyche, from the fine print on every drug bottle, to the long list of side effects muttered quickly at the end of drug commercials. Often, we accept that while taking a drug may help you, there is a small risk it […]

Eight Examples of Humanism in Action During COVID-19 and the Global Racial Reckoning

Community

The Gold Corporate Council and nonprofit Arnold P. Gold Foundation share examples of the vast work underway to support compassion and inclusion in healthcare. During COVID-19 and the response to systemic racism in the United States, companies have released hundreds of statements and donated millions to nonprofits. But what can be done within and by […]

Joining Forces to Remove Barriers

Community

Last week the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) announced a comprehensive expansion program to reduce the number of COVID-19 cases and death rates affecting Black and Brown communities throughout the Washington, D.C. area, and Quest Diagnostics was right there with them.  The program will provide equitable access to and distribution of COVID-19 […]

Comprehensive Tick-Borne Illness Testing Leads to Better Patient Outcomes

Better Health

Ticks are expanding their habitat across the United States, leading to an increase in the prevalence of tick-borne illness. Since there are multiple types which vary regionally1 and co-infection with similar symptoms can occur, it can be challenging to determine which illness—or combination of illnesses—afflicts the infected person. In addition, patients are often unfamiliar with […]

Modified Two-Tier Testing (MTTT) Can Identify Early Lyme Disease in the First 30 Days

Better Health

Tick-borne disease is a growing problem across the country: According to the CDC, each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported, but recent estimates show the number of people who may get Lyme disease each year in the United States is closer to 476,000.1 While some patients show symptoms such as fever, rash, […]

Genetic Counseling Student Rotations

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The education of future genetic counselors has had to adapt to the changing social norms created by COVID and the increased need for remote rotation experiences. Since many hospitals and clinics have been unable to host students in person, graduate programs have begun focusing on telemedicine as well as enhanced exposure to non-clinical genetic counseling […]

Closing the Gap on a Decade Long Journey to Mental Health

Better Health

It is said that taking the first step is usually winning half the battle- and I would agree. However, sometimes that step is just the start of a long road ahead. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness month this May, we need to recognize that diagnosing and treating these illnesses can be a complicated journey. […]

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every American, either directly or indirectly. The effects of COVID-19 can be felt in many ways. Whether through direct infection with COVID-19, caring for a loved one with COVID-19, the isolation due to lockdowns, unemployment, or being constantly reminded of the pandemic in […]