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Genetic Counseling

Wanting Another Baby

Rachel Hawkins | Posted 01.12.2017 | Parents
Rachel Hawkins

When it comes to making decisions, I wouldn't exactly say I'm good at it. Indecisive is definitely a word I would use to describe myself.

A Family Health Portrait

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Ask yourself, do you know -- completely and accurately -- your family's health history? Have you looked into those specific diseases that affected your mother, father, aunt or uncle? Have you considered how their experiences may apply to you now and in the future?

I Have Turner Syndrome, But Genetics Have Never Dictated My Achievements

Caitlin Bawn | Posted 03.08.2017 | Healthy Living
Caitlin Bawn

Genetics have never dictated my achievements, so I don't think anyone should assume life with Turner's will be awful. Doctors and genetic counselors need to provide a fair and accurate representation of the disorder -- which should include the stories of people like me.

What Pregnant Women Should Know Before Undergoing Genetic Testing

New England Center for Investigative Reporting | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living

Maplewood, N.J. - Little Kate Summersgill certainly didn’t look like a child with Down syndrome — no upward slanting eyes or telltale flat facial ...

Talk About It Over Turkey: The Power of Your Family History

Emily Mounts | Posted 11.24.2016 | Science
Emily Mounts

Now more than ever, we understand that nearly every single health condition is either primarily caused by, or its course influenced by, one's DNA.

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

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 05.30.2015 | 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...

A Disturbing Trend: Conscience Clauses Threaten Genetic Counseling

Alex Stern | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Alex Stern

These conscience clauses are problematic for many reasons, not least of which is the fact that they violate the first value listed in the NSGC's Code of Ethics: to "serve those who seek services regardless of personal or external interests or biases."

The Choice

Mark E. Robson, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Women
Mark E. Robson, M.D.

I have been involved in research in this area for 17 years, since shortly after BRCA1 and BRCA2 were discovered, and I have no idea what I would do if I were a woman faced with this decision. The diagnosis of a mutation is just words on paper, but the risks they foreshadow are very real.