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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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Breast Cancer Risk: What Women – and Men – Need to Know
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Joy Larsen Haidle, MS, CGC | Released: October 1, 2015, 6:00 am
It’s not surprising that awareness efforts for hereditary breast cancer focus on the women in the family, but it’s important not to leave the men out. Not only can men get breast cancer, their family health history holds important information to help relatives determine their cancer risk.
Familial Hypercholesterolemia: The Common, Inherited Cause of Heart Disease Rarely Talked About
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Amy Sturm | Released: September 24, 2015, 9:09 am
September is National Cholesterol Education Month, and it’s a great time to raise awareness about a little known but very common condition called familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). FH is a common cause
Genetic Counseling and the Precision Medicine Initiative
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Erica Ramos, MS, CGC | Released: August 26, 2015, 2:51 pm
Doctors, genetic counselors and other healthcare providers work hard to provide the best care and medical treatment for you as an individual when you are a patient being treated for a particular medical condition. However, for most conditi
DNA, Ancestry Testing and You
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Brianne E. Kirkpatrick | Released: July 30, 2015, 11:56 am
The DNA in your body is 99.9 percent identical to 99.9 percent of other people’s DNA. What about the other 0.1 percent? Variations in this tiny portion of our DNA explain why individuals have different health risks, resemble relatives and can sometimes be identified as belonging to particular ethnic
What Happens at a Prenatal Genetic Counseling Appointment?
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Jennifer Malone Hoskovec, MS, CGC | Released: June 11, 2015, 11:27 am
Pregnancy is an exciting time for couples but it can also be a stressful one. Being referred to a genetic counselor can temporarily raise stress levels, but genetic counseling can give moms and couples helpful information, guidance and very