Has the BRCA Monopoly Been Reborn?

Has the BRCA Monopoly Been Reborn?

A controversy has been brewing under the surface for several months in the genetic testing world. Namely, will BRCA carriers with ovarian cancer be forced to undergo BRCA testing a second time, at more than $4,000 a pop, in order to qualify for a new drug called...

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Bringing Sexy Back After Cancer Diagnosis or Treatment

Bringing Sexy Back After Cancer Diagnosis or Treatment

Last Updated: February 5, 2019 Have you lost that lovin’ feeling after a cancer diagnosis or treatment(s)? Or perhaps you haven’t been sexually active since having prophylactic removal of your breasts, colon, ovaries, uterus, or all of the above? Well, that’s not...

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What Actually Is Precision Medicine?

What Actually Is Precision Medicine?

In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama discussed his ‘Precision Medicine Initiative’, for which $215 million is being proposed for the 2016 Budget. In an era in which we’ve mostly heard about cutbacks in NIH funding, this is a big deal.For many...

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Is This Why You Aren’t Vaccinating Your Teenager for HPV?

Is This Why You Aren’t Vaccinating Your Teenager for HPV?

A recent study (MMWR. 2013; 62:591-5)) examined why parents are not vaccinating their teenage girls for the HPV virus. Do any of these reasons resonate with you?1.  It’s not needed or necessary.Perhaps because your daughter or son is young and there is no way, no...

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Surprising Factors that Place You at Higher Risk for HPV

Surprising Factors that Place You at Higher Risk for HPV

Updated 4/1/19 The human papilloma virus (HPV) is a common sexually-transmitted virus that increases the risk of genital warts and several cancers, including those of the cervix, vulva, vagina, penis, anus, mouth, and throat. HPV can be spread by skin-to-skin contact...

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The Case For Genetic Privacy

The Case For Genetic Privacy

Last week in Genetic Privacy Part 1, we discussed the potential harm done when a patient chooses not to share her data with other family members. Such arguments, and the argument that widely sharing genetic data would advance scientific research, have made some...

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