Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Genetics

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Expanded Carrier Screening: New Guidance on Universal Testing

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently issued an opinion on the use of expanded carrier screening for genetic disorders.1 Lisa Blazejewski, Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the rationale for expanded screening and discusses its advantages compared... Read more 

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Autoimmune Neurology—Recent Advances in Disease Identification and Treatment

Autoimmune neurologic diseases are more common than traditionally believed. The recognition of antibodies associated with these conditions has grown significantly over recent years, leading to improvements in diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Steven Vernino, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs,... Read more 

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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