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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.
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When a Loved One Dies Suddenly, Genetic Counselors Can Help
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Amy Sturm MS, CGC, LGC | Released: August 18, 2016, 12:27 pm
The sudden loss of a loved one – a child, parent, sibling – is a devastating event and leaves survivors not only shocked and grieving, but wanting answers. Below are some frequently asked questions about this difficult situation.
How to Become a Genetic Counselor
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Jason Flanagan, MS, CGC | Released: July 27, 2016, 2:11 pm
I grew up in a rural setting and the only medical providers we knew were physicians and nurses. So, like many genetic counselors, I originally attended undergrad thinking I was going to become a physician.
Understanding Hereditary Cancer Syndromes and the Role of Certified Genetic Counselors
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Georgia Hurst | Released: July 13, 2016, 10:38 am
After my brother was diagnosed with Lynch syndrome, I spoke with my doctor and he referred me to a certified genetic counselor. I immediately met with a genetic counselor and a geneticist and they took the time to explain the Lynch syndrome diagnosis.
Mental Health Medications in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Chris Colon, MS, LCGC | Released: June 29, 2016, 7:41 am
For women with mental illness, pregnancy and breastfeeding can be difficult because of feelings of guilt, shame, fear or stress about the medication that they may be using, and its potential effects on the baby.
Dear Jeanie: Can a Genetic Test Determine the Best Medications for My Son?
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Dear Jeanie | Released: June 14, 2016, 9:36 am
Four years ago this seemed like a typical teenager problem that would go away, and now we are beginning to fear it will ruin his whole life. We want to try changing his medication but last time we did that it was a disaster, and he ended up in the hospital for a week. A friend showed me an advertis