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NSGC Response to New England Center for Investigative Reporting Article

3.8.2016

NSGC is aware of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting article posted on Sunday, March 6 by investigative reporter Beth Daley. NSGC has a Code of Ethics that provides guidance for our members and the profession. 

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Genetic Counselors Can Weed Out Errors, Ensure Patients Get Needed Tests

3.3.2016

On a typical day, 10 new tests enter the market and begin competing for attention. That’s a lot to absorb by any standard, but it’s particularly daunting for professionals who are so busy

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Genetic Counseling May Help Dispel Myths About Mental Illness For Psychiatric Patient

3.3.2016

A new Canadian study from the Journal Of Clinical Psychiatry suggests that a guiding hand from a genetic counselor may help psychiatric patients better grasp

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The Hardest Test

3.3.2016

“This is not a test you would ever do on a whim. We try to discourage people from pursuing testing around major life events, such as immediately following the death of an affected relative.

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Some Companies Now Offer Employees Genetic Testing

3.3.2016

The National Society of Genetic Counselors warns no one should ever take a genetic test without getting counseling. “Genetic factors influence risk for disease but they are only one piece of the puzzle.

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The Big Sell: Direct-to-Consumer Tests Promise Patients More Abundant and Accessible Information

3.3.2016

The big sell: Direct-to-consumer tests promise patients more abundant and accessible information, but potential pitfalls abound

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Should You Get Tested for the Breast Cancer Gene?

3.3.2016

A family history of cancer isn’t the only factor to weigh, says Mary Freivogel, the president-elect of the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). It isn’t that simple.

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Genetic Counselors Face an Explosion of New Tests, and Increased Demand

3.3.2016

And that same year, Angelina Jolie captured the world's attention with her op-ed in the New York Times disclosing her "faulty" BRCA1 gene, and preventative double mastectomy.

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Genetic Testing Reveals Risks, Raises Questions

1.19.2016

Angelina Jolie Pitt came forward in 2013 to speak about her risk-reduction mastectomy after testing positive for a breast cancer-related gene. Her opinion piece for the New York Times drew enormous attention

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Genetic Testing Could Tell You A LOT About Your Health

1.11.2016

Inconclusive results — that is, you show some susceptibility to a condition, but a geneticist can't calculate your exact risk — are common. And even definitive testing can't tell you

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