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A Medical Test that Aims to Wean America off Painkillers

5.11.2016

"Opioid addiction, like most human behavioral traits, is a very complex issue that is hugely unlikely to be comprehensively explained by a small set of genetic variations," said Austin.

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A Blood Test for Cancer

5.11.2016

A few companies have begun advertising diagnostic liquid biopsy tests, but patients who are tempted to ask doctors for these unapproved tests should think twice, says Joy Larsen Haidle, past president of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

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Heterozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia

5.11.2016

Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic condition that causes high low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (sometimes referred to as bad cholesterol) from birth. FH means high cholesterol that runs in a family.

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More People Seek Genetic Testing, But There Aren’t Enough Counselors

5.11.2016

The sheer number of genetic tests has exploded in the past decade or so. There are now thousands of different testable genetic disorders. In fact, demand for genetic tests has been strong since 2013.

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Alzheimer’s Medical Studies Continue Seeking Volunteers

5.11.2016

The American College of Medical Genetics and National Society of Genetic Counselors do not recommend routine testing, nor do the organizations recommend people use direct-to-consumer testing services

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Colleen Caleshu from Stanford University: Genetic Counselors Play Growing Role in Cardiology

5.11.2016

Colleen Caleshu, ScM, CGC, from the Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease discussed this growing field during the annual scientific session and expo

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The Next 100 Years

5.11.2016

My work will have contributed to increased awareness of the profession of genetic counselling and of the excellent outcomes it can provide for patients.

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Genes Help Explain Why Anxiety Strikes During Adolescence

5.11.2016

While this certain version of the FAAH gene is associated with decreased anxiety, anxiety is a complex disorder that develops from the interplay between many gene variations and experiences.

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Genetic Tests May Not Change People’s Unhealthy Ways

5.11.2016

For those who did not receive genetic counseling, it's like "giving someone an unassembled tool with hundreds of pieces without any instructions," said Freivogel, president-elect of the NSGC

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What Will It Take to Save Women from Cancer?

5.11.2016

"It's nothing to be ashamed of; HPV is truly an equal-opportunity virus." Meanwhile, the causes of most other gynecologic cancers are either unknown or possibly genetic, though they may still be viewed as taboo.

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