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Genetic Testing

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

Cecile Janssens | Posted 12.22.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.17.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.07.2014 | 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...

Hacking Your Genome: How Insurance Companies Legally Discriminate Against You and Your Family

Sharon Moalem | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Sharon Moalem

I always feel obliged to ask my patients to consider carefully what they might be getting themselves and their families into before they have any genetic testing or sequencing done that is not anonymous.

We Are Pro-Information About Down Syndrome

Nicolino Di Benedetto | Posted 06.02.2014 | Impact
Nicolino Di Benedetto

Sitting in the hospital, we were left to sort through the questions, "What is Down syndrome? What does this mean for him? For our family? For us? Where is our family headed?"

Breast Cancer Genes and Patient Protection in an Era of Personalized Medicine

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

As our scientific and medical communities forge ahead in developing new technologies and tests that may help us better understand our individual risk of disease, we should also insist that all genetic testing companies uphold the highest, patient-centered scientific and ethical standards.

UPDATE: Would You Choose to Be Straight? New Sci-Fi Film Explores (WATCH HERE)

Connor Hurley | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Connor Hurley

In October of 2012, I wrote about the personal inspiration behind my award-winning short film The Naturalist (which you can read here). In my post, ...

Myriad Genetics' Latest Attempt to Maintain Its Monopoly on Our Genes Rejected

Sandra Park | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Sandra Park

Myriad's lawsuits can proceed but for now, patients can continue to have a choice when they seek BRCA genetic testing. They can obtain a second opinion before making life-changing medical decisions. And they can decide which laboratory will have their data.

Genetic Testing Needs a Nudge

Dov Fox | Posted 04.24.2014 | Politics
Dov Fox

This innovative approach to the management of genetic health information better balances the goals of patient health and consumer freedom. Genetic testing is the next frontier of personalized medicine. But it needs a nudge.

How I Opened A Pandora's Box With A DNA-Testing Kit

Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.17.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Just because you can do something doesn't mean you necessarily should, right? I'm in one of those on-the-fence places right now because I've just gotten the results back from a DNA-testing kit that I used for my two children adopted from China.

Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D

I believe that the announcement by the FDA of the approval of the genome sequencing technology for medical applications is symbolic for the future development of personalized health care.

Doing the Genomic Revolution Right

Tricia Page | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Tricia Page

Clearly, the genomics revolution is here. Unfortunately, though, the very people we hope to benefit may be left behind.

Enough With Business Models Exploiting User Data -- Why 23andMe and Google Are Not Users' Friends

Nathan Newman | Posted 02.19.2014 | Business
Nathan Newman

We should be glad the FDA put a temporary stop to its marketing but we need a far broader public debate on how to ensure that consumers don't give up valuable personal data in general without being fully informed of its value and creating the option for consumers to opt out of data sharing and aggregation all together.

WATCH: Personal Genetic Testing Saved My Life

HuffPost Live | Ishita Singh | Posted 01.25.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration ordered the Google-backed startup 23andMe to stop providing health information to the customers who purch...

The FDA and 23andMe: Regulating Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

Ruth Macklin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Ruth Macklin

Whatever the outcome of the lawsuit, the FDA's action and people's eagerness to obtain their genomic information indicate the need for public education. Except for specialists in human genetics, even many doctors lack sufficient training to interpret the results of genetic tests.

The Future of Testing Your Genetic Future

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 02.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

This week, 23andMe, the Google-backed DTC genetic test company, stunned many observers by agreeing to stop sales of its $99 genetic test kit online, saying it will now release only ancestry information and raw data without interpretation.

Google-Backed Genetics Company Slammed With $5 Million Lawsuit

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology

Genetic testing company 23andMe has been slammed with a $5 million lawsuit less than a week after the Federal Drug Administration ordered the company ...