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


    I Want My $1000 Genome!
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Erica Ramos, MS, CGC | Released: June 30, 2014, 8:32 am

    In 2001, the first copy of the human genome was published. Since that time, scientists and health professionals have been working to put our knowledge of the Human Genome Project into practice to positively impact human health. Genetic counselors understood that this unprecedented level of insight i

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    Genetic Counseling: A Rapidly Growing STEM Career
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jennifer Malone Hoskovec | Released: June 17, 2014, 5:08 am

    The field of genetic counseling is rapidly growing and was recently named a “Hot Concentration” for healthcare jobs by US News and World Report. There are now more than 2,000 genetic tests available, and with that comes an increased need for genetics experts. Genetic counselors have responded

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    Is Mental Illness Inherited? How Family History and Environment Impact Mental Health
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jehannine C. Austin | Released: May 20, 2014, 5:53 am

    As a genetic counselor working exclusively with people with psychiatric disorders and their families, I help my patients better understand what we know from research about the causes of mental illness. More importantly – I support them through processing what this better understanding means for them

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    Angelina Jolie Effect: One Year Later
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Joy Larsen Haidle | Released: May 14, 2014, 8:51 am

    One year ago today, Angelina Jolie bravely shared her deeply personal connection to breast cancer, including losing her mother, discovering she is a carrier of the BRCA1 mutation, and – most poignantly – her decision to undergo a bilateral mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.

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    Questions Expectant Mothers Should Ask Before Prenatal Screening
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jennifer Malone Hoskovec | Released: April 15, 2014, 11:49 am

    Most expectant moms are faced with a barrage of tests throughout pregnancy to monitor their own health and the health of their baby. This includes prenatal screening, such as non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which has advanced rapidly over the last few years. Now, expectant mothers can take a s

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