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% 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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A newer kind of test, called next-generation sequencing panels, could help identify more people with genetic changes that predispose them to colorectal cancer.
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
“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
Our expert discusses how genetics and family history play a role in diagnosing and treating breast cancer patients based on their specific needs.
As a geneticist and researcher, I believe in the power of genetic testing. By identifying genetic mutations, we can improve care and save lives. But just because we can test something doesn’t always mean we should. Take the MTHFR gene, for example. MTHFR codes for an enzyme that helps your body convert homocysteine into an … Read More