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Genetic Testing

Motivations for Personalized Genetic Testing Include Explaining -- Not Just Predicting

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 01.20.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Last week, I invited the venerable Lee Hood to speak to us at Harvard Medical School, and I was reminded again of his prescience in describing and advocating for "P4 Medicine" -- or predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory medicine -- over 10 years ago, in 2004!

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.

How to Talk About Genetics and Family History

Barbara Dehn | Posted 12.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Barbara Dehn

Information about your family's unique health can empower you to ask your providers about screening tests, healthier diets and possibly genetic testing.

The New "Check Box" That Needs to Be On Pediatrician's Forms

Wendy Kramer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Pediatricians gather a multitude of information, including insurance, addresses, and phone numbers. Current pediatric intake forms may also ask othe...

Planned Parenthood Made Our Family Possible, And We Aren't Even Patients

Matt Uffalussy | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Matt Uffalussy

My wife and I were not patients at Planned Parenthood while we sought to build our family. But it is the kind of services that Planned Parenthood provides -- and legislation that Planned Parenthood helps lobby for  -- that allowed us to have our child safely and healthy.

Many Children With Cancer Were Born With Genes That Increase Risk

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living

Gene sequencing of more than 1,000 children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer found that as many as 8.5 percent were born with genes that increas...

Gene Manipulation In Human Embryos Provokes Ethical Questions

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.17.2015 | Science

A team of Chinese scientists raised eyebrows in April when they modified the genetic code of human embryos to correct the gene defec...

7 Things You Should Know About The Future Of Your Genetic Data

The Huffington Post | Alexander Howard | Posted 11.08.2015 | Technology

Over the last decade, more than a million people have spit in a vial, sent it to 23andMe and received a report on what their personal genetic informat...

Dangers of New ACS Mammography Guidelines: Underestimated Risk and Delayed Diagnoses

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

The assumption that we can accurately identify who is just at average risk of breast cancer is a dangerous default. Risk is complex, poorly understood, and it's often inconsistently assessed over time.

Presidential Cancer: Tips About President Jimmy Carter's Melanoma

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Melanoma is increasing in frequency. This is probably due to increasing sun exposure without using sunscreen, as well as use of tanning lamps, beds an...

Is Bioethics Hindering Medical Progress?

Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Posted 09.18.2015 | Science
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

One has only to look at the many articles in journals addressing controversial issues to conclude that no unanimity exists and any restraint in research cannot be laid solely at the feet of bioethics.

Why Consumers Should Think Twice Before Getting Genetic Tests

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 05.27.2015 | Healthy Living

The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that ...

The 'Omics' and the Future of Cancer Research

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Perhaps some of the most innovative work in the field being done today centers around genomics and related fields such as proteomics. They have given researchers new ways to understand susceptibility to cancer -- especially breast cancer -- and therefore new targets for treatment.

Is Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer Right for You?

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

While it's natural to wonder if you might have inherited an abnormal BRCA gene from one of your parents, it's also important to remember that the overwhelming majority of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease. That's why genetic testing is recommended only for people whose family history or other factors suggest the presence of a gene mutation.

I've Got the BRCA-Positive Mutation Gene -- How Do I Interpret My Hereditary Risk for Getting Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer?

Sharlene Hesse-Biber | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Sharlene Hesse-Biber

It behooves the medical profession who relate hereditary risk assessment percentages to do so in a way that women can interpret the subjective nature of these data and offer more guidance on just how at risk women should apply these numbers in the context of their own lived experience.

Carolyn Gregoire

Does Facebook Want Your DNA?

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.03.2015 | Science

"Facebook" and "DNA" are two words you probably don't want to hear in the same sentence. But an ambitious new research project, Genes for Good, is now...

Sizing Up Your Genes

Melanie Young | Posted 05.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

What I appreciate about Angelina Jolie Pitt's candidness about her decisions is that she opens up the conversation and brings women's health issues top of mind. Everyone seems to zero in on breast cancer and not nearly enough people focus on the cancers that can brew "down there."

Shelter Dogs In California Find Forever Homes Faster Thanks To DNA Tests

The Associated Press | Posted 03.18.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A quarter of the dogs taken in by one California animal shelter look like Chihuahuas. So how do you make a pet stand out when it'...

How to Get and Protect Your Genetic Data

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Science
Techonomy

Maybe it was the Jolie effect. Or you want to find out if you're carrying a silent genetic mutation that could be passed on to a child. Or perhaps you're just really hoping you can blame your DNA for how awful cilantro tastes. Whatever the reason, you're interested in finding out something about your genome. Now what?

Why We Should All Be Thrilled About the FDA Starting to Embrace Innovation

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.03.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The FDA's approval of the marketing of genetics-testing company 23andMe's carrier test for Bloom syndrome affirmed the rights of consumers to drive their own healthcare decisions and procedures. But it also means that it has become urgent to develop policies to regulate the rights of companies to resell data derived from the contents of our DNA and from our medical records.

FDA Approves 23andMe's DNA Test, But Not the One It Halted Earlier

Cecile Janssens | Posted 04.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Cecile Janssens

FDA's decision to approve 23andMe's Bloom syndrome carrier test is a first step for the online offer of medical genetic testing, but the real regulatory breakthroughs have yet to come.

Do You Know Where Your Health Data Is?

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

The data we generate in our digital lives can reveal important information, particularly about our health. For one, our social networks can be predictive of health outcomes and conditions, in part because of shared attitudes amongst social groups.

To NIPT or Not to NIPT? That Is the Question

Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Kecia Gaither, M.D., MPH, FACOG

All parents want the best reassurance for their pregnancy and to protect their unborn to their greatest capability. What is imperative is that a woman understands her options concerning prenatal testing and the risks and benefits inherent in each.

Pharmacogenomics and the Biology of Race

Myles Jackson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Myles Jackson

Rather, dividing humanity into racial groupings, pharmaceutical companies come across as caring about specific characteristics to which a group of individuals can relate and with which they closely identify. All of this results in the commodification and reification of race.

Genetic Testing for Cancer

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisa Marie Wilson

When I decided to have the test done, I figured I would carry something since I had already had cancer myself. I was pretty surprised that I didn't test positive. The associate said that they can't test for everything, so it's not like I'm in the clear by any stretch of the hopeful imagination.