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Latest Medical genetics Stories

2013-10-09 23:19:46

With the recent publicity about celebrity Angelina Jolie dealing with her hereditary cancer risk by undergoing surgery, discussion of genetic testing for cancer has been in the news. While there’s lots of information and misinformation around this issue, here are some facts and frequently asked questions. Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 With the recent publicity about celebrity Angelina Jolie dealing with her hereditary cancer risk by undergoing surgery, discussion of genetic...

2013-10-09 23:03:10

Hayes, Inc., webinar shares case examples of how genetic testing algorithms inform care management Lansdale, PA (PRWEB) October 09, 2013 Wading through the intricacies of specific genetic tests to determine the most cost-effective approach to testing for individuals with suspected genetic diseases is a challenge. The Right Genetic Test for the Right Patient at the Right Cost, a webinar hosted by Hayes, Inc., a leader in promoting better health outcomes through the use of evidence, will...

2013-10-09 12:27:20

American Cancer Society CMO, Supreme Court Plaintiff Warn of Consumer Risks PLAINSBORO, N.J., Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Genetic testing is on the rise, but consumers who order tests without genetic counseling or purchase test kits off the Internet may put themselves at risk. Those risks can range from having the wrong test ordered or the result misinterpreted, or even having prophylactic surgery that turns out to be unnecessary. This was the consensus of a panel that featured some of the...

2013-10-08 13:53:37

Technology as sensitive as standard methodology but more efficient, say researchers in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics The recognition of a causal link between mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes and increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer has intensified the demand for genetic testing. Identifying mutations in these large genes by conventional methods can be time consuming and costly. A report in the November issue of the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics describes a new...

2013-10-03 23:23:47

Reportbuyer.com just published a new market research report: Global Gene Therapy Market Analysis. London (PRWEB) October 03, 2013 Gene therapy is the treatment of a disease by replacing, altering, or supplementing a gene that is absent or abnormal and whose absence or abnormality is causing the disease. It has evolved as one of the most sought after research objectives for ‘difficult to cure’ diseases. The gene therapy market in spite of presenting few marketable products and being...

2013-10-03 16:09:36

Psychiatrist, geneticist, neurosurgeon and genome sequencers generate data on one patient,with big implications for care A multidisciplinary team led by a geneticist and psychiatrist from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's (CSHL) Stanley Institute for Cognitive Genomics today publish a paper providing a glimpse of both the tremendous power and the current limitations of what is sometimes called "precision medicine." Precision medicine is an approach to diagnosis and treatment that tailors...

2013-09-27 23:02:00

Three neuromuscular diseases are being considered for inclusion in nationwide screening. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Pediatrician and medical geneticist R. Rodney Howell, who chairs MDA's Board of Directors, testified Thursday before the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions to advocate for passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 1417). Howell emphasized that:...

2013-09-27 12:24:42

MORE THAN 600 COLLEGIATE COACHING STAFFS UNITE AGAINST DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY THIS WEEKEND WACO, Texas, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In virtually every college stadium this weekend, more than 10,000 football coaches at more than 611 educational institutions will unite to support the Coach To Cure MD program, with the support of a new corporate sponsor, Northwestern Mutual, a leading financial security company. (Logo:...

2013-09-26 13:01:57

Three grants totaling more than $25 million over four years will help three research groups to develop authoritative information on the millions of genomic variants relevant to human disease and the hundreds that are expected to be useful for clinical practice. The awards are from the National Institutes of Health. More and more medical and research centers are sequencing the DNA of whole genomes (the body's entire genetic blueprint) or exomes (the genome's protein-coding region) of...

2013-09-18 12:55:59

A preclinical study led by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center has found that a new oral drug shows early promise for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The results, published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, show that the drug, VBP15, decreases inflammation and protects and strengthens muscle without the harsh side effects linked to current treatments with glucocorticoids such as prednisone. Duchenne muscular dystrophy results in severe muscle degeneration and...