Experts believe that ApoE4 is a strong genetic marker for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. But it’s not recommended for people who do not have symptoms. A neurologist explains why.
Actually, a federal law prevent medical insurers from raising your rates or dropping your coverage based on genetic test results. A genetic counselor explains.
About 5 percent of colorectal cancers are inherited. Genetic testing can reveal if you have a mutation that can cause colorectal cancer and if you should do more to protect yourself.
The FDA has approved a direct-to-consumer DNA self-test for breast cancer mutations. Is this test worthwhile, and is it right for you? A breast specialist weighs in.
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Genetic testing technology is always evolving, and one newer kind of test — that identifies inherited genetic mutations linked to increased risk for colon cancer — may find genetic changes previously missed by earlier methods.
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
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
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
Pinpointing genetic causes for heart disease is a complex and dynamic process that changes rapidly as new discoveries are made. There are a few important things to keep in mind if you want to explore your family’s genetic risk for certain heart disorders. Checking for risk factors and genes While the genetics of many … Read More
Each year, there are changes in healthcare worth noting. As we look back at 2013, here are 10 important health highlights for women that include advancements, greater knowledge and new warnings as well.