Genetics & Personalized Medicine

August 13, 2018

Zika: Pregnant and Planning a Trip? What to Know Before You Go

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MotherToBaby North Carolina This time last year, talk of Zika was all over the news and social media. Based on the lack of coverage in the media today, you would think Zika is no longer a concern. But the risk of Zika infection for travelers, and its potentially devastating consequences for expectant […]

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August 2, 2018

Are Pain Medications Safe for Babies While Breastfeeding?

By Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, MPH, MotherToBaby North Carolina Safe and effective pain management requires careful consideration for anyone, but breastfeeding moms have an additional factor to consider: the possible effects of pain medications on their breastfeeding babies. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends avoiding the use of codeine and tramadol while breastfeeding. Codeine and […]

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June 1, 2018

In the Genes – 4 Genetic Tests and What to Know about Them

Genetic tests can help diagnose disorders, find what medications would be most effective for individuals, determine if mutations for certain diseases might be passed on to children, and much more. The Mission Fullerton Genetics Laboratory offers many different kinds of genetic tests. Here are four of them: Chromosome Analysis Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. […]

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January 15, 2018

Getting Married and Considering Children? It’s the Perfect Time to Discuss Folic Acid

By Jennifer Vickery Preconception Health Education Coordinator Congratulations! You are getting married! You and your partner are starting a new and exciting adventure together, and for some of you this new adventure may include having children some point along the way. Whether you or your partner are planning to become pregnant in the coming months […]

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November 29, 2017

Personalized Medicine Is Changing Lives for Lung Cancer Patients

By Lynn Dressler, DrPH Director, Mission Health Personalized Medicine Program Personalized medicine evaluates the mutations found in an individual cancer patient’s tumor to predict which cancer treatments have the best chance of working for that patient. Testing for a patient’s response to anticancer drugs before they get the drug provides key information to enhance the […]

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November 3, 2017

Expert Q&A – Personalized Medicine

Lynn Dressler, DrPH, Director of Mission Health’s Personalized Medicine Program, answers some common questions. What is personalized medicine and how does it work? The goal of personalized medicine at Mission Health is to predict your response to medications, including whether the medications will work for you or produce a bad side effect. By testing genes […]

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August 10, 2017

The Search for a Diagnosis – Genetic Testing Helped a Family Uncover Their Son’s Disease

Whoever coined the phrase “ignorance is bliss” never talked to Stephanie Needham of Arden. When her son, Austin Price, was born in 2005, something was clearly wrong — but his doctors didn’t know exactly what. Every condition Austin was tested for came back negative. Questions from the Start As soon as Austin and his twin […]

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July 26, 2017

Personalized Medicine Can Prevent Negative Drug Reactions – So, What Is Personalized Medicine?

By Lynn G. Dressler, DrPH Director of Personalized Medicine, Mission Health Have you ever taken a medication that didn’t work for you or made you feel bad? The reason could be found in your genes. The Personalized Medicine Program at Mission Health uses your genetics to help predict how you will respond to certain drugs. […]

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February 28, 2017

It’s Rare Disease Day – But What Is It That Makes a Disease Rare?

Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February each year to raise public awareness about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Rare diseases are those conditions that affect fewer than 1 in 200,000 people in the United States. In the U.S., there are more than 7,000 recognized rare diseases, over […]

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January 31, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 8 – Reducing the Risk of Birth Defects

Can I dye my hair? Can I get a flu shot? Should I keep taking this medication–should I stop taking this medication? Am I putting my baby at risk of developing a birth defect? Taking care of your baby starts with taking care of yourself–and asking questions is a great place to start. Not every […]

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