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

The Epigenetics of Cholesterol, Smoking and Cancer

Our DNA is like an encyclopedia containing multiple volumes of genes. Certain genes are responsible for finding errors in these volumes and fixing them. When genes mutate, errors build up, and disease often follows. But what happens when the light we use to read the encyclopedia goes out? We can’t read in the dark. That’s … Read More

Thyroid Cancer: Does It Run in the Family?

100 percent — that’s the survival rate for thyroid cancer if we can diagnose the disease early. That’s good news when you consider that thyroid cancer is the fastest-growing cancer among men and second-fastest among women. Thanks to research, we know more than ever about this group of diseases. And thanks to improved genetic counseling … Read More

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Breast Cancer: Do Your Genes Put You at Risk?

Chances are you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer. It is the third most common cancer in the country, with 200,000-plus new cases diagnosed each year. But did you know that many of those cases are tied to genetics? “Ten to 15 percent of all breast cancers, which is a lot, … Read More

Early Warning for Thyroid Cancer

The bad news: In 2012, around 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The good news: The disease has a survival rate of nearly 100 percent if caught in its first two stages. Charis Eng, MD, PhD, founding director of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute, works to make early diagnosis possible. Most recently, Dr. … Read More