Testing for an Incurable Disease: Points You MUST Consider

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In the era of genomic medicine, genetic testing is readily available for hundreds of inherited conditions. Insights from testing can include information about ancestral origins, hidden health risks, and reproductive risks. However, while access to genetic testing in the United States is widely available to patients and providers, the decision to undergo testing can be […]

5 Ways Genetic Counselors are evolving during COVID-19

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We are all trying to get used to this new “normal” during the COVID-19 pandemic. One thing we can all agree on­—going forward, the healthcare industry will work differently. Although not typically on the “front lines” of critical care, the field of medical genetics still has patients with many important needs that must be met. […]

Know More About Yourself by Knowing Your Family Health History

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Most people understand the health benefits of a good diet and exercise.  Likewise, lifestyle, stress level, alcohol, and tobacco use, as well as exposure to environmental toxins can negatively impact health.   What is often overlooked, however, is the importance of knowing your family’s health history.  This history can provide insight into medical conditions that you […]

Celebrating 11 Years of Protections of Our Genetic Information

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The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) ensures that an individual’s genetic information can not be used for discriminatory practices.

Case Report of a Rare Fetal Chimera

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Congenital chimeras are rare and often come to attention due to ambiguous genitalia or a discrepancy in the sex chromosome

22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: Awareness Can Make a Difference

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Prenatal screening for the 22q11.2 deletion is now available by cell-free DNA screening, also known as noninvasive prenatal screening.

Spring into Heart Health

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Understanding your risk factors for heart disease is a great first step towards taking care of your heart.

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month: Do You Know if Your Genetics Put You at Risk?

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People now have a new option to determine if not they are carriers of abnormal hemoglobin genes, including those for sickle cell disease,