BRCA1 and Ovarian Cancer: Why Women Choose Preventive Surgery

For a woman, the decision to have your ovaries and fallopian tubes removed does not come easily. But if you face an alarmingly high genetic risk of ovarian cancer, preventive surgery may be the right choice. Angelina Jolie’s surgery in March shined a national spotlight on this issue. She previously brought attention to preventive mastectomy … Read More

How Your Family Affects Your Heart Health

When it comes to different types of heart disease, there are plenty of factors you can’t control — including aging and your family history. But even if you can’t turn back time, knowing about genetic issues makes a difference in how you manage, monitor and treat disease. If you dig into your family history, you’ll … Read More

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How A Traffic Accident Saved One Woman’s Life

When a teenage driver rear-ended and totaled her car on a Florida freeway in 2011, Kelley Douglass thought it must be one of her worst days ever. As it turned out, the accident saved her life. Her back aching, Mrs. Douglass consulted a chiropractor, who ordered an MRI. It revealed an abnormality in her bone … Read More

Are These 3 Fears Scaring You Away from Genetic Medicine?

Your genes contain powerful information. To the trained eye, they hold the keys to your future health and your risk of disease. But the power of genetics also comes with anxiety, especially when it comes to legal and insurance questions. Patients want to know what genetic information means, who can use it and — frankly … Read More

Guide to Genetic Testing: What Happens, What You Learn

It’s dizzying to consider how genetic testing could change our approach to managing our health, making it possible to focus effort based on risk, before a disease even develops. But it also raises complex questions about privacy. You might wonder whether the information that comes to light could raise your insurance premiums or affect an employer’s decision … Read More

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Top 3 Benefits of a Digital Family History

There’s a reason I mention family health history in almost every blog post: It’s an important tool in your doctor’s tool box for helping predict your risk for disease. What “runs in your family” matters. Family health history is a cornerstone of personalized healthcare, a trend shaping the future of medical care, according to Cleveland … Read More

3 Ways Genetic Knowledge is Power

“Patients in waiting.” It’s a term we in the world of genetics hear from time to time. The idea is that for certain conditions where there is no cure — or where it may be years before a patient shows symptoms — genetic testing can cause anxiety without providing steps for care. I don’t believe … Read More