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Genetic Testing

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 04.27.2015 | 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 05.17.2015 | 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.

Commercial DNA Testing May Cause Harm, Scientific Studies Show (if You Read Through to the Study Limitations at the End)

Cecile Janssens | Posted 02.21.2015 | Science
Cecile Janssens

"No evidence of harm" is not the same as "evidence of no harm." All studies had serious limitations that may have made the results more positive than justified, which the researchers often acknowledged.

Why I Don't Miss My Breasts Anymore

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 02.17.2015 | Women
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Shortly after my double mastectomy 12 years ago, my oncologist asked me how I felt about losing my breasts. I told him I was sad and afraid I would feel this way forever. "How you feel will keep evolving," he said.

Why I Talk About My Abortion

Jacqui Morton | Posted 01.25.2015 | Women
Jacqui Morton

We don't want to talk about the sadness that often comes with motherhood in general, never mind things like miscarriage, infertility or death. We ask women to give birth to stillborn babies and then expect them not to talk about it. We certainly don't want to say the word abortion.

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part II)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.17.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

DNA testing can sometimes provide truly miraculous results for adoptees wishing to pursue information about their birthparents.

Vitamin D vs. Common Cold: And the Winner Is...

Julie Chen, M.D. | Posted 01.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Julie Chen, M.D.

Now that winter is basically knocking at our door, many of us will have to face the most common and dreaded disease in America: the common cold. Upper...

Can DNA Help You Find Your Birth Parents? (Part 1)

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 01.07.2015 | Science
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

An adopted person can -- sometimes -- be fortunate enough to find the identity of their biological mother and father through one of the major commercial DNA tests available today. And they can potentially learn quite a lot from it.

11 Things to Know Before Walking Into a Fertility Center

Dr. Angeline Beltsos | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Angeline Beltsos

If you think you might have a problem with infertility, where do you start? It can all be very overwhelming. There is a wealth of information available, but distinguishing fact from positive rhetoric can be confusing.

To Test or Not to Test: A Question Ashkenazi Jewish Women Must Weigh in Light of a New Breast Cancer Study

Marisa Weiss, M.D. | Posted 11.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Marisa Weiss, M.D.

Decisions regarding genetic testing should never be made lightly. The results of these tests can require difficult and life-altering choices, for yourself and your family. Testing should only be done when you can actually use that information to take steps that will have a major positive health or life impact.

Why Idleness Paves the Way for Your Success (Yes, Really!)

Tasha Eurich, Ph.D. | Posted 11.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tasha Eurich, Ph.D.

Even though we try to fill up every moment, modern life is punctuated by lulls. Take advantage of opportunities to turn your brain off, whether it's during your commute, at the gym, or while waiting for a tardy lunch date.

The Bruise

Heather Lens | Posted 10.25.2014 | Parents
Heather Lens

When we first got the diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis, it hurt, it hurt parts of me that I didn't know could feel pain. It left us hurt and bruised

Genetic Hand-Me-Downs

Greg O'Brien | Posted 10.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Greg O'Brien

My grandmother, Loretta Sinnott Brown, called me "snippy snooper" as a young boy because I was always "snooping around," asking too many questions, fo...