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    Welcome to the NSGC Blog!

    The NSGC Blog provides consumers easy-to-understand information about ongoing hot topics in genetic testing, including prenatal testing, breast cancer genetic testing, personalized medicine, mental health and more. Industry leaders provide insight on how genetic counselors can empower patients to make informed health decisions for themselves and their family. 

    To connect with a genetic counselor in your area, visit our Find a Genetic Counselor Tool.

    If you are a reporter interested in speaking with an NSGC spokesperson, contact Jennie Szink at 312-558-1770 or jszink@pcipr.com


    Am I at Risk for Heart Disease?
    Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Amy Sturm MS, CGC, LGC | Released: February 2, 2016, 11:11 am

    February is American Heart Month, so it’s a great time to take heredity to heart and learn why genetics is important in heart disease. Cardiovascular genetic counselors specialize in providing risk assessment

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    Five Hot Genetics Issues to Watch in 2016
    Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Jehannine C. Austin, PhD, MSc, CGC, CCGC | Released: January 13, 2016, 2:48 pm

    Happy New Year! Our tradition here on the blog is to start the year by looking at the exciting developments we are seeing in genetic testing and genetic counselling. There’s a lot happening at the moment, but these are developments I have a close eye on.

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    Understanding Pharmacogenetics: What Everyone Should Know and Consider
    Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Jason Flanagan, MS, CGC | Released: December 10, 2015, 9:03 am

    Pharmacogenetics refers to using inherited genetic differences to help healthcare providers decide what medications to give patients and at what dosage. The goal is a “personalized” approach

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    Genetic Testing Provides Personal Empowerment
    Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Susan Estabrooks Hahn, MS, CGC | Released: November 4, 2015, 2:41 pm

    The appeal of genetic testing is the precision it offers in predicting, diagnosing and tailoring treatment for disease. Unfortunately our ability to prevent or treat certain diseases often lags behind our ability to diagnose or predict them.

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    Genetic Counselors Help Patients Assess and Address Risk for Cancer, Poor Recovery From Concussion
    Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Joy Larsen Haidle, MS, CGC | Released: October 23, 2015, 6:52 am

    Every day it seems new genes are discovered that increase the risk for cancer, disease or other health issues. Not surprisingly, people are overwhelmed and wonder, should I undergo genetic testing?

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