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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. 

    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 Veronica Jackson at 312-558-1770 or vjackson@pcipr.com


    Considering genetic counseling about mental illness? Here’s what to expect
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jehannine C. Austin | Released: January 6, 2015, 9:36 am

    If you have a personal experience with mental illness or a family member who does, you may have wondered if your children or children you might have in the future could develop mental illness too. Perhaps you’ve wondered what caused the illness or maybe you’ve felt guilty and blamed yourself.


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    How Genetics Affects Infertility and Miscarriage
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jason Flanagan | Released: December 3, 2014, 7:48 am

    As a genetic counselor specializing in preconception and prenatal genetics, I know that many patients have trouble trying to have a baby. In fact, it is estimated that one in eight couples will have some form of infertility. Even though it is common, many couples feel isolated as they watch friends

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    The Genetics of Thyroid Cancer: What You Need to Know
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Rebecca J. Nagy | Released: November 13, 2014, 8:33 am

    Thyroid cancer is a common and mostly treatable disease, though there are some aggressive forms of thyroid cancer that do not respond to treatment. About 63,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer and nearly 2,000 people will die of the disease in 2014

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    Genetic Counselors Help Families Who Lose A Loved One To Sudden Death
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Heather McManus MacLeod | Released: October 28, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Sudden cardiac arrest is the sudden stopping of the heart that usually results in death. It typically occurs in older adults but can also affect young people. In half the cases in young people there is no warning sign or known family history of heart disease, and in about a third of these young case

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    Breast Cancer Awareness: An Everyday Mission for Genetic Counselors
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Joy Larsen Haidle | Released: October 7, 2014, 11:16 am

    October is breast cancer awareness month but many of us do what we can to raise awareness all year long, and this year is no exception. There has been much encouraging breast cancer news this year, including the identification of more breast cancer genes, improved screening and treatment technology,

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