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Doctor insights on: Mandatory Genetic Screening

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What are some of the pros of childhood genetic screening?

What are some of the pros of childhood genetic screening?

Early detection: Early detection and treatment are the fundamental reasons for having genetic screening in the first place; certain illnesses have a certain "window period" (such as hypothyroid or pku) in which early detection will prevent long-lasting morbidity. ...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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Are there many inherited conditions can be avoided through genetic screening?

Are there many inherited conditions can be avoided through genetic screening?

Yes: Theoretically both partners could have their genomes tested for mutations known to cause genetic diseases. All of us have many mutant genes and as long as both parties do not have defects in the same genes, they could avoid autosomal recessive disorders. If dominant or sex linked defects are discovered, it would make genetic counseling and disease avoidance more difficult. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if genetic genetic screening of newborns should be mandatory or voluntary?

Can you tell me if genetic genetic screening of newborns should be mandatory or voluntary?

Depends: What do you mean? To date, all states have screening programs for recognized metabolic and other disorders where treatment will benefit the child.Many can have a healthy productive life if these are caught early, and devastating outcome marked by seizures or loss of potential function if not.There are many controversial genetic tests that are appropriately limited to personal decision by individual. ...Read more

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Is there any genetic screening for thalassemia?

Yes: Your pcp can order a simple blood test. If you are a silent carrier, this will show up. If you are not a silent carrier, you don't need to worry about passing on the gene. ...Read more

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What percentage of patients do prenatal genetic screening?

What percentage of patients do prenatal genetic screening?

Unknown: There are no solid statistics on this issue. If one is against pregnancy termination, then there is no need to do any prenatal testing at all as this testing is to indicate the risk of a defective infant. It is a personal choice. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a preimplantation genetic screening done?

Where do I go to get a preimplantation genetic screening done?

Blood draw: Fortunately most of the genetic screening test can be done using blood...Thus, simple blood draw at your doctor's office or local laboratory centers will do the job.... ...Read more

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What are the differences between genetic screening and genetic counseling?

What are the differences between genetic screening and genetic counseling?

Screening is done by: blood tests when family history, ethnicity or consanguinity confers risk of fetal inheritance of a mutant gene from both parents, thus, of having a disease. Screening for genetic accidents that cause chromosome anomalies is offered to all pregnant women. Folks with inherited disorders are counseled about risk of transmission. The disorder is explained to them & to women with + prenatal screens. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: preimplantation genetic screening?

IVF gene testing: Preimplantation genetic testing is performed on in vitro embruos before they are implanted. The coonceptus is created by in vitro fertilization techniques that obtain eggs and fertilize them by sperm obtained by similar techniques in a petri dish(es). It is used to look for genetically normal/abmormal conceptuses and only implant those without detected abnormalities. ...Read more

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What information do I have to bring along to do the preimplantation genetic screening?

What information do I have to bring along to do the preimplantation genetic screening?

Medical records: A complete medical history is important and useful...Bring all the information you have available to your doc/genetic counselor who can review the info and discuss with you about what you need/should do... Good luck... ...Read more

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In the future (10-20 yrs), what kind of genetic screening will be available to help parents know children’s liklihood of genetic/other disorders?

In the future (10-20 yrs), what kind of genetic screening will be available to help parents know children’s liklihood of genetic/other disorders?

It already exists: There are genetic tests out there that look at different alleles and give you some probability as to whether you may develop certain conditions later in life. Whether this information is truly beneficial to the patient and whether you can modify risk knowing that information is all debatable. Now, if you are talking about an expecting parent and genetic conditions in newborn there is screening ...Read more

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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more