Genetics & Personalized Medicine

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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December 21, 2016

Holiday Advice for Moms-To-Be and New Moms

Lorrie Harris-Sagaribay, coordinator of MotherToBaby NC, answers questions for moms-to-be and new moms. I’m pregnant. Is an occasional glass of wine okay? There is no “safe” level of alcohol during pregnancy. Exposure to alcohol has a direct effect on your baby’s brain development throughout, and even after, pregnancy. Avoid risks by choosing nonalcoholic beverages. What […]

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December 12, 2016

Could DNA Testing Help Your Health? Personalized Medicine Is Here

A simple cheek swab could hold the key to helpful information throughout someone’s life. Your genes determine if you have your mom’s piercing blue eyes or dad’s dimples. But the secrets of DNA go more than skin deep. At Mission Health, personalized medicine testing looks at genetics that could affect your response to a drug, […]

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September 8, 2016

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 5 – The Truth About Alcohol and Pregnancy (FASD)

In our society, alcohol is not seen as a drug by many people and, while it may seem obvious to some, there’s confusion and mixed messages about alcohol use during pregnancy. Research has proven that alcohol use during pregnancy, even in the earliest stages, can cause birth defects, brain damage and life-long challenges with learning […]

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