Genetics & Personalized Medicine

November 8, 2018

Knowing Your Genetics Can Help You Understand Your Health

By Suzanna Schott, Genetic Counselor Genetic information can have a powerful influence on your healthcare decisions. There are many new genetic health tools being offered to the public, but not all genetic tests are created equal – and every test has its own limitations. It can be an overwhelming task for patients and their families […]

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September 20, 2018

Sickle Cell Disease – What it is and the Importance of Treating it Early

By Ben Barbour, Nurse Practitioner Millions of people throughout the world are affected by sickle cell disease (SCD) – a blood cell disease characterized by a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 500 African American births and 1 out of […]

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August 21, 2018

Genetics and Telehealth: Genetic Counseling Now Available from Asheville in Franklin

By Joseph Dix Mission Health’s Fullerton Genetics Center is now providing telehealth consultations at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. This means patients do not have to drive to Asheville to receive genetic counseling, evaluation and testing. Patients from the Franklin region will be scheduled at Angel Medical Center to meet with genetic providers by video. […]

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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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December 11, 2017

Pregnant during the Holidays? Tips to Embrace Celebrating without Alcohol

Amy Hendricks, the program coordinator for the NC Fetal Alcohol Prevention Program, offers expert advice on navigating holiday parties while pregnant, as seen in WNC Parent. It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. We’re decorating, baking cookies, going to holiday parties, shopping in a frenzy for that perfect gift, gathering with family. Maybe squeezing […]

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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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