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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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Genetic Testing Provides Personal Empowerment
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Susan Estabrooks Hahn | 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.
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?
What Are the Risks of Alcohol, Marijuana or Cigarette Smoking While Pregnant?
Blog: NSGC Blog | Posted By: Lori J. Wolfe | Released: October 15, 2015, 9:08 am
In my genetic counseling career spanning twenty four years, I have talked to more than 17,000 pregnant women about teratogens, or anything a pregnant woman is exposed to that could negatively affect the development of the
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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