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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


    Carrier Testing for Genetic Disorders
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Jason Flanagan | Released: April 23, 2015, 9:36 am

    We now know that everyone is a carrier for one or more genetic conditions.  Therefore, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends all couples considering having children be offered carrier testing prior to or during pregnancy.  

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    Genetic Testing and Huntington’s Disease
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Alicia Semaka, PhD, CCGC, CGC | Released: April 9, 2015, 12:25 pm

    As a genetic counselor specializing in research on Huntington’s disease, I have met numerous patients with the disease and families who are impacted by it. Huntington’s disease is an inherited brain disorder that is caused when specific cells in the brain die.

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    Genetic Testing and Ovarian Cancer
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Leigha Ann Senter-Jamieson, MS, LGC | Released: March 23, 2015, 8:39 am

    As a genetic counselor specializing in ovarian cancer, I was heartened to learn about a recently approved chemotherapy treatment for women with a type of inherited ovarian cancer. In December, the US. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval of Lynparza (also known as olaparib) for

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    2015 Genetic Testing Trends: Precision Medicine, Breast & Ovarian Cancer, and Home DNA Tests
    Blog: NSGC Blog | By: Joy Larsen Haidle | Released: February 18, 2015, 2:42 pm

    The year ahead promises to be an exciting one in the field of genetics, and to officially kick it off I’d like to highlight a few trends the National Society of Genetic Counselors is watching. Precision Medicine: During his State of the Union address this year, President Obama announced his precis

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    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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