Pregnant? Find Out About Sickle Cell Risks for Your Baby

Most people don’t think about the red blood cells that are hard at work in their bodies every day. But pregnant women need to be aware of the hereditary illness called sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects the hemoglobin protein of red blood cells. Healthy red blood cells have a round shape and … Read More

Gene in Children Linked to Higher Risk of Celiac Disease

Researchers may be a step closer to helping doctors to identify children born with a higher risk for celiac disease, which ultimately could result in earlier treatment and fewer complications from the disorder. A new study points to a possible way to tell which babies are predisposed to developing the auto-immune disorder. In the study, researchers from Children’s … Read More

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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

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease: Could it Be Genetic?

Peek inside a brain afflicted with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) and you’ll see a sponge-like appearance due to damaged brain tissue caused by the disease. Though rare, the disease causes dementia-like symptoms that progress very quickly with little time for treatment. Experts say when the genetic form of CJD occurs in a family, family members should … Read More

What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (or more commonly “Duchess Kate”), has been in the news as she struggles with an uncommon, severe type of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. While morning sickness commonly causes nausea and vomiting, hyperemesis gravidarum is much more severe, causing a pregnant woman to become dehydrated and to lose weight. According to high-risk obstetrician Amy … Read More

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