Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Genetics

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Personalized Medicine in Women’s Health — How Molecular Diagnostics Enables Effective Intervention

Advances in molecular diagnostics have led to a more individualized approach to medicine in different clinical areas. Dr. Douglas Rabin, Medical Director, Women's Health, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the impact of molecular medicine on women's health and discusses how it is... Read more 

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Personalized Medicine — How Genetics and Genomics are Transforming Healthcare

Personalized medicine has gained much attention following the announcement of a national initiative to fund "a new model of patient-powered research…to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best... Read more 

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Hemoglobinopathy — Navigating the Complexities of Patient Evaluation and Test Selection

The detection and proper identification of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias is an important aspect of the evaluation of patients with anemia, microcytosis and erythrocytosis. Cathi Franklin, Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the complex nature of hemoglobinopathies and discusses factors to consider... Read more 

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Neurome - Exome Sequencing for Neurological Disorders

Advances enabled by the human genome project have led to testing capabilities which generate vast amounts of genetic data. Identifying clinical useful information from within the mass of data has become a significant challenge. Dr. Joseph J. Higgins, Laboratory Director,... Read more 

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Epilepsy: How Genetic Testing Enables More Precise Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy

About a third of epilepsy patients do not respond to therapy, despite a thorough work-up and extensive testing.1 Genetic testing of these patients can identify specific syndromes and provide a basis for more effective treatment. Dr. Juliann Paolicchi, Professor,Clinical Pediatrics... Read more 

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Cell-free Fetal DNA Testing - The Benefits of Accurate Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

The use of maternal serum screening has become standard practice to identify women at risk of having a fetus with chromosomal abnormalities. Screening identifies 80%-90% of affected pregnancies but its specificity is very low ' only 5% of those screened... Read more