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Genetic Counselors (Overview)

Genetic counselors are health professionals who have specialized training in providing information as well as support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders. They also work closely with families who may be at risk for various inherited conditions.


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Who are genetic counselors working for?

Who are genetic counselors working for?

You, mostly.: Or whoever has them on salary - doctor, group practice, hospital, hmo. ...Read more

Genetic Counselors (Overview)

Genetic counselors are health professionals who have specialized training in providing information as well as support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders. They also work closely with families who may be at risk for various inherited conditions.


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How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

How do I get referral for genetic counselors?

Ask: Your physician may be able to point you in the right direction. You can also find a genetic counselor at the national society of genetic counselors website. ...Read more

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How far back in the family history do genetic counselors need to go?

As far as you...: ...Can take them. Some rare recessive diseases may not show up in many generations, or only in cousin marriages. It's possible ggg-aunt abigail and ggg-uncle benedict were second cousins once removed, and the only other cases of doubletalksidase deficiency were in their offspring. ...Read more

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What kind of training do genetic counselors get before they can see patients?

What kind of training do genetic counselors get before they can see patients?

Extensive training: For a comprehensive answer go to web sites for the american board of genetic counseling and the national society of genetic counselors. Counselors may qualify to seek board certification after an m.S. Degree. The board certifies individuals and accredits training programs. Rns may specialize in genetic counseling. Many but not all states license genetic counselors. ...Read more

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Can genetic counselors help people who suffer from familial hypercholestemia?

Depends: Genetic counselors can help you understand the disorder in reguards to it's origin & pattern of transmission in a family. The need for and timing of screening may also be information relevant to other family members. Actual case management would be more the area of your physician & nutritionist. ...Read more

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Do birth and death rates in the family bible have value to genetic counselors?

Definitely yes: Any records of births & deaths in the family can be useful to genetic counselors. Extra helpful if any info on health status, cause of death, age at death, how many children & any fetal/infant/child deaths. ...Read more

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Any genetic counselors! who gets eds?

Rare problem: Ehlers danlos syndrome is a collection of at least 10 separate entities that have in common an abnormality of collagen production. The inheritance patterns include dominant, recessive, x-linked & has been reported as a new mutation. There is broad variability of expression within each subtype.The prevalence estimates range from 1/5000 to 1/100, 000 depending on type. ...Read more

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Do recommendations from genetic counselors carry the same weight as one from an md?

Do recommendations from genetic counselors carry the same weight as one from an md?

It depends...: It depends on the setting and situation. Many genetic counselors work under the sponsorship of one or more mds. Many genetic counselors understand far more about the genetic aspects of a medical problem than many mds do. Ideally the counselor and the md complement each other's knowledge and skill. A board-certified genetic counselor is a highly respected professional. ...Read more

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What are the disadvantage of a genetic counselor?

None: A genetic counselor should provide you with non-judgmental advice pertaining to genetic risks. They are educators foremost and as the saying goes, knowledge is power. ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Counselors (Definition)

Counselors/therapists are health professionals who usually specialize in a particular mode of therapy such as psychotherapy (counseling) or art therapy to help patients tackle various issues. Such issues may be phobias (fears) of the patient, mental health ...Read more