BRCA mutation

The home DNA testing company 23andMe has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to test for three genetic mutations in two genes that you have probably heard of if you know who Angelina Jolie is, BRCA1 and BRCA2. 

This move is not a surprise in light of the announcement made by the FDA last fall that they would work to streamline the process for more at home genetic testing. In the announcement, they state that 

"Genetic risk testing can provide helpful information about an individual’s predisposition for certain diseases and conditions. These tests can prompt consumers to be...

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When singer John Legend and wife Chrissy Teigen used PGD— or pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, to choose the sex of their baby, social media went nuts.  The prenatal...

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The fear of breast cancer has more women scrambling to have prophylactic mastectomies. This extreme, and possibly very unnecessary mutilating act, is being embraced by celebrities and their followers, most of whom lack the medical credibility to be advising sea monkeys much less the general public.

However, the distinction must be made between individuals who have prophylactic mastectomies for valid reasons, versus those who are succumbing to fear mongering. An oft-cited...

1037197_16221105It may seem like the idea that the more information, the better is true in the medical field. Yet, that s not always the case. We see instances of overdiagnosis and overtreatment as a result of excess, unnecessary cancer screening tests. And now that a Supreme Court decision has resulted in the...