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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

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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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

How Your Genes Affect Breast Cancer Care

With 230,000-plus new cases of breast cancer per year in the United States, there is a good chance someone in your family has been affected by this disease. As we learn more about the genetics involved, we know more about the role of family history — and how to diagnose and treat patients based on … Read More