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Genetic Disease

The Gift of Genetic Testing

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Many couples will make life's most exciting resolution this year -- the decision to start a family. While the choice to become a parent can be filled with excitement and exhilaration, some individuals face apprehension and anxiety -- knowing that they could pass along genetic diseases to their children. This is where the gift of genetic testing comes in.

Taking Control of Our Genetic Information: Could it Go Too Far?

Karthika Swamy Cohen | Posted 06.16.2016 | Technology
Karthika Swamy Cohen

Up until recently, those in the technology industry and those conducting genomic research would have been considered strange bedfellows. But big data -- more specifically, big genomic data -- is bringing the two groups together.

What It's Like To Face The Threat Of Huntington's Disease

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living

It's one of the rare but fatal diseases that relies solely on one's genetic makeup, leading to one of the scariest questions 200,000 Americans today m...

Dr. Brent Fogel: Santa Monica, California, January 18, 2015

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 05.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

It was one or a combination of Fate, Destiny, Kismet, Serendipity, Chance, Luck or other that brought Dr. Fogel and I together. I had been searching f...

Just One of the Girls

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

For all of Abby's 9 years, I admit that I have been a very protective parent. Even before we knew she had special needs, let alone a terminal illness, I found myself trying to protect her from actual and perceived dangers.

My Greatest Sorrow Is My Greatest Joy

Wendy Ferguson | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents
Wendy Ferguson

She's dying. My 9-year-old daughter is dying. Today I can say it without crying, but not necessarily tomorrow.

Do You Want Genetic Research to Move Forward? Then Start Sharing Data!

Isabel Duarte | Posted 06.03.2014 | Science
Isabel Duarte

Genetic research is still very expensive, and if one cannot reuse the data for further analysis, millions of dollars of public money will have gone to waste, harming most of all each and every individual waiting for a cure, while hindering the progress of genetic research.

My Experience With Rett Syndrome

Gaby Valner | Posted 02.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Gaby Valner

Although intellectually and conversationally the doors have been unlocked, there are still so many things I struggle with. Even typing this speech has taken days to get this far and will take several days more to complete, typing literally one letter at a time with my right pointer finger.

Digger Dog's Holistic Triumph Over Legg-Calves Perthes Disease

Tricia Spencer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Good News
Tricia Spencer

This debilitating degenerative disease is seen primarily in small dogs, and Digger is a rambunctious mix of terrier, Chihuahua and dachshund, so he's just about got the "small dog" market cornered.

What I Never Expected When I Adopted My Daughter

Jessica Fein | Posted 02.06.2013 | Parents
Jessica Fein

When you have a daughter with a degenerative disease, you spend hours a week in waiting rooms when she should have been playing. You keep a visual record, taking approximately 752 pictures of the two of you -- smiling faces masking the anxiety and exhaustion, the time wasted.

Boy Kicked Out For His Genetic Makeup Back In School

Posted 11.08.2012 | Education

Colman Chadam has been allowed to return to his middle school after officials ordered him to transfer out because of his genetic makeup. The 11-yea...

Boy Kicked Out Of School For His Genetic Makeup

Posted 12.18.2012 | Education

Colman Chadam, an 11-year-old California boy, has been ordered to transfer from his current school to another one miles away because of his genetic ma...

Modern Miracles At Chanukah

Jerry Silverman | Posted 02.24.2012 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

During Chanukah, we recall the bravery of Jews centuries ago and the miracles that wrought their victory for freedom. Yet, you don't need to look to centuries past in order to celebrate miracles today.

Men's Proneness To Disease (VIDEO)

Big Think | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Marianne Legato, professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University, talks about how males are less likely to make it through the embryonic state a...