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Preventing Jewish Genetic Diseases Through Carrier Testing

When Eden Gold was born, she was a perfect, healthy baby girl. By the time she was 9 months, Caroline, her mom, knew something was wrong with Eden. A visit to the neurologist revealed...

Taking Control of Your Cholesterol – APOE and Cardiovascular Disease

At your annual exam two months ago, your cholesterol levels were through the roof. Your doctor was worried that you may be at high risk for a heart attack. You try a low-fat diet...

Celiac Disease – When the Gluten-Free Diet is not just a Fad

Genetic changes explain why some of us are more sensitive to gluten than others and how it leads to celiac disease. From Weight Watchers to Atkins to Juice Cleanses, we live in a society that...

Caffeine may Increase your Risk of a Heart Attack

Knowing how fast your body breaks down caffeine can save your life! It’s Wednesday afternoon and your brain is refusing to cooperate. You join your coworkers on their coffee run hoping caffeine will do...

Beta Thalassemia – a Blood Disorder Linked to Malaria

Mosquirix, the first malaria vaccine in the world, was approved for use in Europe recently and marks a major milestone in the battle against malaria. Malaria is one of the most devastating infectious diseases...

Familial Hypercholesterolemia – The Story of Genetics, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Danny Jones was a professional rugby player. One day in the middle of a game, he died from sudden cardiac arrest, at the age of 29. Layton Cooper was a businessman. He wasn’t overweight,...

The Ups and Downs of Cystic Fibrosis – Living With a Life-Threatening Genetic Condition

“Woe is the child kissed on the brow who tastes salty, for he is cursed and soon must die.” A warning from the Middle Ages about “bewitched” or “hexed” children who tasted salty when...

The APOE e4 Allele Increases Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Going, going, gone! There goes your memory and that’s only the beginning. Next you lose the ability to think and reason, then forget how to cook, read or dance. Finally you don’t remember how...

Genetic Testing to Assist in the Correct Dosing of Warfarin

It’s flu season. You bring it home and spend the weekend in bed. With painkillers every six hours, an extra dose of ‘Neocitran’ at night and copious amounts of ginger and lemon tea you...

Are You at Increased Risk of Thrombophilia?

You are cutting vegetables, one accidental slip and your finger is bleeding. You are on your bike and you swerve to avoid a squirrel. The next minute you are on the ground and your...

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