Understanding Fragile X Syndrome

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Meet Mike Tozer, the "Suitman". He hopes to set a Guinness World Record time for running a half-marathon in a suit. But he has an ulterior motive. . . to raise awareness of, and funds...

Will I Inherit My Family’s Autoimmune Condition?

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“My mom has lupus, is that inherited?  Will I get it, too?  Will my kids?  My uncle has MS, what about that?”  These are common questions that genetic counselors are asked when we take a...

Green for Gaucher’s

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What you choose to wear on your feet can say a lot about you. Your shoes can let others know you’re a fan of comfort, a good cheetah print, or the season’s top trend. Shoelaces...

Newborn Screening, A Lifesaving Test

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Elisa is a mother, blogger, singer, and ardent Phenylketonuria (PKU) awareness advocate. PKU is an inherited disorder which can cause intellectual disability if left untreated. Treatment for PKU involves following a strict diet which can...

Hemochromatosis Screening and Awareness Month

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Hereditary Hemochromatosis (HH) is an adult-onset genetic condition characterized by too much iron circulating in the body. This is often referred to as iron overload. Typical symptoms include joint pain, weakness, and fatigue. There are...

Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer affecting women worldwide. In 2010, it was estimated that approximately 1.6 million women developed breast cancer. Current incidence rates...

The Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia, currently affecting over 5 million Americans. Warning signs and symptoms of AD include memory loss, challenges in planning or solving problems, confusion with time or...

National HIV Testing Day

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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign created in 1995 to promote testing as a useful method for controlling HIV. More than 1 million people in the US are living with HIV...

April Is National Autism Awareness Month

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April is National Autism Awareness Month, which was first celebrated in the early 1970s. It presents a special opportunity to educate people about autism and those issues that are most important to the autism community. Despite...

October is Gaucher Disease Awareness Month

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Along with pumpkins and other fall festivities, October marks awareness initiatives for several causes such as Gaucher disease, Down syndrome and breast cancer. Gaucher disease is caused by mutations, or changes in the GBA gene...