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Genetic Testing

Why you should worry about the privatization of genetic data

The Conversation US | Posted 09.08.2016 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

By Kayte Spector-Bagdady, University of Michigan President Obama has promised to support a bold future for medicine where diagnostic testing and trea...

Not Your Mother's Pregnancy

Kaylene Ready | Posted 07.25.2016 | Parents
Kaylene Ready

As I carefully limit my caffeine intake and avoid deli meat, my mother shares that she nearly lived on Pepsi during her second pregnancy and doesn't recall dietary rules of any sort. I've also had many choices regarding how much I want to know about my pregnancy and future child, while my mother had virtually none.

Where To Start When Diagnosed With Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 06.14.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

One of the first choices that all patients have to make is where to seek infertility care. It's a critical decision as practice patterns, treatment strategies, and technology used can vary greatly from one practice to another.

Healthcare's Missed Opportunities

Kaylene Ready | Posted 06.13.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

What nobody really likes to talk about are the missed opportunities that occur in healthcare. A missed physical where you might have learned about your high cholesterol; a missed mammogram or colonoscopy that may have revealed an early cancer diagnosis.

Gorillas Aren't the Only Endangered Ones

Maxine Sinda Napal | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Maxine Sinda Napal

In case you've been living in a shoe with umpteen children with whom you didn't know what to do over the past five days or so, you will know that people across the world are up in arms over the Cincinnati Zoo shooting of an endangered gorilla after a toddler fell into its enclosure.

Knowledge Is Power When It Comes to Infertility

Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2016 | Parents
Dr. Richard T. Scott, Jr.

Getting or staying pregnant is not easy for everyone -- for some, it can take time and money. While you might not be thinking of having kids right now, having a conversation with a physician about fertility while still in your early 30s could provide benefit later on.

The Test That Could Have Saved My Sister-In-Law's Life

Rachel Lanman | Posted 05.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Rachel Lanman

My sister-in-law didn't get tested for BRCA until she already had cancer. Since it spread so quickly, it was already too late for her. If only one person meets with a genetic counselor because of this blog post, I'll know it was worth writing.

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?

SFARI Launches Landmark Autism Research Project

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 05.03.2016 | Parents
Liane Kupferberg Carter

The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative has just launched SPARK (Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge), a groundbreaking online project to accelerate research and advance understanding of the genetic underpinnings of autism.

When It Comes to Genetic Testing, Patients and Providers Need to Meet in the Middle

Kaylene Ready | Posted 04.21.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

If you intend to learn something about your health and share the results with your provider, you should involve your provider before a test is ordered.

Waiting for Baby: Story of My Miscarriages

Marilisa Vergottini | Posted 04.20.2016 | Parents
Marilisa Vergottini

A whopping six pregnancies in six years, four losses in thirteen months and I can feel the hope slipping. And yet. And yet. We will keep trying.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): A False Positive Story

Mischa Livingstone | Posted 04.15.2016 | Parents
Mischa Livingstone

Throughout this ordeal we learned of a whole new type of sorrow (who knew there were so many different types of pain?), but also a whole new type of appreciation and love for one another, and for the child my wife is busily building.

Lynch Syndrome and Colon Cancer: Why Awareness Is Key

Kaylene Ready | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and March 22 is Lynch Syndrome Awareness Day. Another awareness month, you say? I can't possibly keep track of all of these months and days and causes! And what is Lynch syndrome anyway?

What About Personal Genomic Testing if You Are Adopted?

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 03.22.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

If you were adopted, you might have a hard time answering questions about medical history at the doctor's office. Family history of diabetes? I don't ...

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

Caitlin Bawn | Posted 03.07.2016 | 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 ...

Exponential Medicine Conference and the "Last Mile" Problem in Genomic Medicine

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 03.03.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

I was invited to speak at Singularity University's amazing Exponential Medicine event this winter, and it was one of the most remarkable meetings I ha...

Rare Diseases Are More Common Than You Think

Kaylene Ready | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Kaylene Ready

Feb. 29 is a rare day, dedicated to an important cause called Rare Disease Day. It's okay if you haven't heard of it -- today is dedicated to some of the world's least known diseases, after all.

Uncovering and Celebrating Ancestral Roots

Allison Gilbert | Posted 02.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Allison Gilbert

We are living in an exciting time, indeed historic, with the incredible advent of DNA testing being so readily accessible and affordable

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 other ...

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 increase...