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Angelina Jolie: Double Credit as a Role Model After Double Operations

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

With the recognition that 5 to 10 percent of cancers are due to inherited mutations, it is especially important that people work with their physicians...

Do You Have the Courage to Save Your Life? Angelina Jolie Shows How You Can

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 12.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Life events are often hard to predict. But sometimes you can get a good picture of what is in store for you! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...

Out Damned Spot: What Actor James Rebhorn Says to Us

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Although Lady Macbeth says "out damned spot" probably to a blood stain she thinks she has on her hands, it's a more damned spot when it represents a m...

Myriad Genetics' Latest Attempt to Maintain Its Monopoly on Our Genes Rejected

Sandra Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Sandra Park

Myriad's lawsuits can proceed but for now, patients can continue to have a choice when they seek BRCA genetic testing. They can obtain a second opinion before making life-changing medical decisions. And they can decide which laboratory will have their data.

Henrietta Lacks' Genes and All of Yours?

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Like Henrietta Lacks' family, millions of us will soon confront questions about our genomes. We should learn as much as we can, and plan more carefully now, before it is too late. Our genomic data may reveal aspects of our fate, but we can still potentially control how and when the information is used.

How Much Do You Want to Know About Your Unborn Child's DNA?

Kyle Koeppel | Posted 10.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Kyle Koeppel

I personally would not select out or abort a fetus because it tested positive for Lynch Syndrome. I find it ironic that a living person has to wait until the age of 18 to have genetic testing, but an unborn child's parents can determine whether or not the child has Lynch Syndrome before birth.

3 Things You Must Do Before Getting DNA Tested

Posted 06.14.2013 | OWN

By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock In capable hands, DNA testing can be a powerful tool to help prevent or treat illness. Take these steps to make ...

The 'Angelina Effect' in Four Charts

Brian Reid | Posted 08.04.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Reid

Angelina provides an interesting look into how the famous can drive conversations about health. She is a celebrity of status, and her story is both dramatic and complicated.

How Genetic Testing Can Lead To Devastating Mistakes

Posted 03.16.2015 | OWN

DNA research has led to cutting-edge breakthroughs in how we detect cancer risk. But when doctors can't keep up with the science, the results can ...

Angelina Jolie, Doctors, Patenting Genes, and You

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 07.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Angelina Jolie's openness about her decision to undergo mastectomies because of the BRCA1 mutation can help inspire countless women to face this difficult decision. Yet several obstacles exist that deserve attention, concerning doctors and costs of testing.

Genetics as Rohrshachs: Pondering Genes and Fate

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 05.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

"I always knew I shouldn't have stayed in that job and that apartment," a social worker with breast cancer and a mutation for the disease recently tol...