*For those who are too sleep deprived to read, skip to the Summary! We won’t hold it against you!* This is a bit of a personal story that will help explain why our blog went radio silent in 2018. People say parenting is the hardest job you will ever face. Maybe it was… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Genetics as Preventative Care
Next on CCTV: DNA Screening For Future Parents
Thinking about growing your family? A powerful DNA test can help you prepare for a healthy pregnancy. Find out how! Expanded Carrier Screening: Why is this DNA test considered one of the most important, valuable tests to do pre-pregnancy? How can we avoid passing on severe conditions to the next generation? Tune in to… Read more »
On CCTV: Super Genes – unlocking the power of your genes for health and wellbeing
Imagine playing a card game with a deck of cards that you’re unable to change. If your deck is great then the game is easy and fun! If your deck is less desirable then you may struggle a bit in the game, always looking for a leg up. Until recently your genetic makeup was believed… Read more »
FRAXA: searching for answers to the leading cause of inherited autism
As a genetic counselor who focuses on preventative care, I am asked regularly about autism. What causes autism? How can I get screened for autism? Am I at risk of having a baby with autism? Autism is considered a complex condition, with a myriad of possible risk factors. However, there is one exception; the most… Read more »
New on CCTV: Can Molecular Genetic Technologies Eradicate Tropical Disease?
Can new developments in molecular genetics help eradicate neglected tropical diseases? What are neglected tropical diseases? What countries are most affected? What can be done? One of the most exciting developments in the history of humankind is taking place now in the area of neglected tropical disease. Yet, practically nobody knows about this inspiring… Read more »
Next on CCTV – The Zika Virus
The Zika virus has been declared an international public health emergency, with outbreaks across Latin America and the Caribbean. Now the virus is in our own backyard. Did you miss it live? Here’s the recording on our YouTube station: (Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel!) How can you protect yourself from infection? Planning… Read more »
THE VIBRANT GENE: The ‘Angie Effect’; When should you call a cancer genetic counselor?
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Pathway Genomics’ Fit Test: Could It Be Your Path To A Healthy Lifestyle?
More and more genetic tests are available that claim to educate you about important lifestyle choices. But can a genetic test really tell you how to exercise? Optimize your diet? Uncover vitamin deficiencies? We put the Pathway Genomics Fit Test under the microscope by trying it out ourselves. September 15, 2015 Pathway Genomics… Read more »
Color Genomics Offers Genetic Screening for Cancer for $249. This is a Game Changer, But Should Everyone Get Tested? Four Questions to Consider
April 21, 2015 Thanks to new technology, access to genetic testing for heritable cancers is no longer elusive. Until recently, hereditary cancer genetic testing was limited to patients who sought care in high risk cancer clinics. Testing was expensive and reserved for people already diagnosed with cancer or folks who had an extensive family… Read more »
DTC Genetic Testing: 5 questions to consider before you buy!
Five key points to help you decide There are many things to consider when deciding whether or not to proceed with online genetic testing or not. Unlike other health screens such as checking your blood pressure, or bone density, knowing your genetic carrier status can alter your own self-perception. There are many considerations that should… Read more »