Lessons Learned from COVID-19 about Digital Health Tools

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 about Digital Health Tools

We are experiencing unprecedented times, as the impact of COVID-19 has challenged our daily lives, our families, our communities, and our businesses. On behalf of My Gene Counsel, we hope you are staying well and staying home, and we especially want to thank all of...

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What Can I Do To Reduce My Risks of Bladder Cancer?

What Can I Do To Reduce My Risks of Bladder Cancer?

What is bladder cancer? The bladder is an organ that stores urine prior to urination. The bladder has four main layers of tissue. The type of bladder cancer someone is diagnosed with depends on the tissue in which the cancerous cells originate. What are the types of...

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Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Doctors have used the up-and-coming gene therapy tool CRISPR in a human for the first time as part of an ongoing clinical trial to treat a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited eye disorder that affects the retina (the layer of...

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New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for the treatment of high cholesterol. The medication, called Nexletol (bempedoic acid), is meant to be used in combination with a healthy diet and statin therapy to treat high...

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Scientists Studying Hereditary Condition Win Nobel Prize

Scientists Studying Hereditary Condition Win Nobel Prize

Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work related to a genetic condition called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL). VHL is a hereditary cancer syndrome that is...

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Tips for Genetic Counseling Job Interviews

Tips for Genetic Counseling Job Interviews

The field of genetic counseling has been growing exponentially for decades. The number of certified genetic counselors has increased by over 100% in the last 10 years and is expected to grow another 100% in the next 10 years. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...

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A Friday Night Email From Your Genetic Counselor

A Friday Night Email From Your Genetic Counselor

Updated June 14, 2019 by Ellen Matloff When I originally published this article, I disclosed how much of an imprint this case left on me. Now, as we approach the 7-year anniversary of finally discovering the genetic mutation that plagued Nate's family, I decided to...

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Your Checklist for Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling

Your Checklist for Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling

Less than 3% of cancer in women is ovarian in nature, but ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer, accounting for 85-90% of ovarian cancers....

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