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  Genetic counseling
Genetic counseling in common disorders is often given by the family doctor, the pediatrician or the obstetrician.
Counseling sessions for older parents, or for those requesting prenatal diagnosis because of anxiety (close contact with a handicapped individual, for example) are intended to provide information concerning the benefits and risks inherent to prenatal diagnostic techniques.
The training of individuals competent to give genetic counseling has been formalized in a number of European countries, as was done in the United States and Canada a number of years ago through their respective Boards of Medical Genetics.
www.gfmer.ch /Books/Reproductive_health/Genetic_counseling.html   (2141 words)

  
 Hemophilia Galaxy | Genetic Counseling
Genetic counselors are health professionals with specialized graduate degrees and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.
Genetic counselors work as members of a health-care team, providing information and support to families who have members with birth defects or genetic disorders and to families who may be at risk for a variety of inherited conditions.
Genetic counselors have a minimum of a master’s degree in genetic counseling or a related field.
www.hemophiliagalaxy.com /patients/about/whogets/counseling.html   (995 words)

  
 Genetic counseling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Genetic counseling is the process by which patients or relatives, at risk of an inherited disorder, are advised of the consequences and nature of the disorder, the probability of developing or transmitting it, and the options open to them in management and family planning in order to prevent, avoid or ameliorate it.
Pediatric and adult genetic counseling is often provided at genetic centers by a doctor called clinical geneticists.
Sometimes pediatric and adult genetic counseling is done by a genetic counselor or genetic nurse.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Genetic_counseling   (553 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling is an important process in learning about, coping with, and managing the risk of genetic disorders in a family.
Genetic counselors are usually board-certified specialists with a master's degree in genetics or genetic counseling or physicians who have specialized in medical genetics.
Genetic counselors follow a code of ethics that is non-directive and respects the values, beliefs, autonomy, individuality and freedom of their patients.
www.labcorp.com /genetics/genetic_counseling   (2657 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling Information on Healthline
Genetic counseling is a communication process by which personal genetic risk information is translated into practical information for families.
Genetic counselors are health care professionals with specialized training and experience in the areas of medical genetics and counseling.
Pediatric genetic counseling is provided to families with children suspected of having a genetic disorder or with children previously diagnosed with a genetic disorder.
www.healthline.com /galecontent/genetic-counseling   (1019 words)

  
 American Pregnancy Association : Getting Pregnant: Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling is the process of determining the risk you have of passing on an inheritable disease to your baby.
Genetic counseling involves a specially trained healthcare professional who identifies families at risk, investigates the problem present in the family, interprets information about the disorder, analyzes inheritance patterns and risks of recurrence, and reviews available options with the family.
Genetic disorders may be caused by abnormalities in the chromosomes, which are referred to as chromosomal abnormalities.
www.americanpregnancy.org /gettingpregnant/geneticcounseling.html   (658 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling Information on Healthline
Other reasons for participating in genetic counseling may be the influences of a job or lifestyle that exposes a potential parent to health risks such as radiation, chemicals, or drugs.
Genetic counselors, educated in the medical and the psychosocial aspects of genetic diseases, convey complex information to help people make life decisions.
There are limitations to the power of genetic counseling, though, since many of the diseases that have been shown to have a genetic basis currently offer no cure (for example, Down syndrome or Huntington's disease).
www.healthline.com /galecontent/genetic-counseling-2   (976 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling Masters Program Information
Genetic counseling is an exciting and relatively young profession that combines advanced education in human, molecular, and medical genetics with skills and experience in counseling.
The Laboratory of Genetics is the oldest and one of the finest genetics centers in the nation.
Genetics 466 with a grade of at least B prior to the first fall semester of the two-year program.
www.genetics.wisc.edu /programs/grad/gc.html   (1480 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling - Greenwich Hospital
Genetic counseling and testing is available at Greenwich Hospital through an outreach clinic of the Yale Cancer Center and the Yale School of Medicine.
Genetic counseling involves a discussion of an individual's personal and family history of cancer, risk assessment, review of hereditary cancers, discussion of possible test results and surveillance, and risk reduction options.
Campfield is board-certified by the American Board of Genetic Counseling and holds a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in genetic counseling.
www.greenhosp.org /medicalservices_genetics.asp   (847 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
In pre-conception counseling, a genetic counselor looks at the couple's state of health, the woman's age, whether she has diabetes or a seizure disorder, family history, and ethnicity.
Genetic counseling is often advised for women older than 35 because chances of having a child with Down Syndrome increase with maternal age.
Genetic counseling also informs parents about risks of having another child with an abnormality.
www.expectantmothersguide.com /library/philadelphia/EPHgenetic.htm   (790 words)

  
 Genetic counseling
A genetic counselor, with the aid of the patient or family, creates a detailed family pedigree that includes the incidence of disease in first-degree (parents, siblings, and children) and second-degree (aunts, uncles, and grandparents) relatives.
Genetic diagnosis requires that a couple share information about inherited disorders in their background with the genetic counselor, including details of any genetic diseases in either family.
Genetic counseling is done in a non-directive way, so that any treatment selected remains the personal choice of the individuals involved.
www.healthatoz.com /healthatoz/Atoz/ency/genetic_counseling.jsp   (1930 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling and Prenatal Genetic Testing
The genetic counselor has special training in human genetics and counseling in a role that has become increasingly important as genetic advancements and testing have become more complex.
Genetic counseling is a communication process to help the individual or family comprehend the medical facts and risks, understand the options, and choose the course of action most appropriate to them in view of their family goals.
Because genetic counseling is a rather recent specialty with limited numbers of practioners across the United States, couples may be apprehensive about meeting with the genetic counselor.
www.muschealth.com /women/services/geneticcounseling.htm   (703 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
These tests identify the likelihood of passing certain genetic diseases or disorders (those caused by a defect in the genes - the tiny, DNA-containing units of heredity that determine the characteristics and functioning of the entire body) to your children.
Genetic tests are done by analyzing small samples of blood or body tissues.
Genetic counselors are professionals who have completed a master's program in medical genetics and counseling skills.
kidshealth.org /parent/system/medical/genetic_counseling.html   (949 words)

  
 What is Genetic Counseling?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The purpose of genetic counseling is to help people understand the chances of a condition appearing in themselves, other family members, or future children.
Genetic counseling can also help people and families who are affected by a genetic condition learn about their chances of inheriting or passing along disease-causing genes, and what genetic tests, treatments, services and resource options are available.
Genetic counseling can take place in a one-time session or over a series of sessions with an individual or, possibly, with family members.
www.mass.gov /dph/fch/genetics/geneticcounseling.htm   (509 words)

  
 Cancer Genetics Risk Assessment and Counseling - National Cancer Institute
Components that are common to the genetic counseling process include constructing and evaluating a pedigree, eliciting and evaluating a personal and family medical history, and providing information about genetic risk.
Genetic counseling has been defined by the American Society of Human Genetics as “a communication process which deals with the human problems associated with the occurrence, or risk of occurrence, of a genetic disorder in a family.
Genetic susceptibility testing generally yields the most useful information when a living family member affected with the cancer of concern is tested first to determine whether a genetic basis for the cancer in the family can be established.
www.cancer.gov /cancerinfo/pdq/genetics/risk-assessment-and-counseling   (9467 words)

  
 IDF - Genetic Counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Genetic counseling is the process by which a health professional provides accurate, detailed and sensitive information about diseases with a genetic basis.
Not only should genetic counseling provide the genetic and medical facts about a particular disease but it should also address the psychological concerns that may arise in a family adjusting to a genetic diagnosis.
If genetic testing has been done, this information will be explained and can be extremely helpful in determining inheritance, the chance that future children will be affected with the disorder and which family members are at risk for carrying the affected gene.
www.primaryimmune.org /services/gene_couns.htm   (439 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Genetic counseling is the process of assessing risk factors for genetic conditions, and providing information and support to individuals and their families regarding:
Genetic counselors are health professionals with graduate education and experience in both medical genetics and counseling.
Genetic counseling is available free of charge as a service of the Elliot Health System.
www.elliothospital.org /services/genetic_counseling.html   (279 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
A genetic counselor is a trained health professional who specializes in genetics and the issues that often surround inherited conditions.
Genetic counseling for cancer is available for a variety of inherited cancer syndromes.
Genetic counseling is a service provided through the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center.
www.umgcc.org /patient_info/genetic_counsel.html   (376 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling is a service provided for families or individuals at greater risk of genetic disorders than the general population.
Established in the early 1980s, the Graduate Program in Genetic Counseling is sponsored collaboratively by the College of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Cincinnati and the Division of Human Genetics of the Children's Hospital Research Foundation, Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Genetic counseling is a relatively new health profession.
www.med.uc.edu /cahs_dev/GeneticC.ucm   (766 words)

  
 Johns Hopkins Colon Cancer Genetic Counseling Study   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
The long-term goal of this study is to increase the availability of genetic counseling by developing new modes of service delivery.
However, a shortage of qualified genetic counselors may limit the amount of genetic testing that can be conducted.
The long-term goal of the present study is to increase the availability of genetic counseling by developing new ways of delivering the service.
www.genetichealth.com /Trials_JHMI_CRC_Genetic_Counseling_Study.shtml   (388 words)

  
 Northern California's Comprehensive Thalassemia Center at at Children's Hospital Oakland
Genetic counseling is a communication process of providing information and support to families, couples, or individuals that are in some way impacted by an inherited disease such as thalassemia.
He was seen for genetic counseling at age 17, when his parents felt it was time for him to learn more about the inheritance of his disease and the possible risks to future children.
They met with a genetic counselor to discuss the risk of alpha thalassemia major for her fetus and testing options to find out if the baby was affected.
www.thalassemia.com /gene_counsel.html   (447 words)

  
 Counseling
A genetic counselor is a professional who works with families to review the genetic testing and inheritance pattern of Fragile X, obtain a detailed family history, and discuss reproductive issues and options..
The genetic counseling process for fragile X syndrome is one that touches on many different areas and the session is structured so that information can be shared between you and the genetic counselor.
The genetic counselor has the resources to determine who is at risk to have a child affected with fragile X syndrome, to refer you or your family member to appropriate testing sites or to help arrange testing, to interpret and explain testing results, and to support you or your family member through the prenatal process.
www.fragilex.org /html/counseling.htm   (841 words)

  
 Genetic counseling definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of popular medical terms
Genetic counseling: An educational counseling process for individuals and families who have a genetic disease or who are at risk for such a disease.
The biggest challenge of genetic counseling is helping families cope with the emotional, psychological, medical, social and economic consequences of genetic disease.
Someone diagnosed with a genetic disease may be avoided by other relatives because the relatives don't know what to say or because they don't want to face up to the possibility that they too may develop the same genetic disease.
www.medterms.com /script/main/art.asp?articlekey=13548   (1009 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
Individuals providing genetic counseling have completed a master's degree in genetics and/or genetic counseling and are certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics.
Genetics relating to the field of craniofacial anomalies is not yet an exact field.
Typically, the genetic counselor reviews the diagnostic data provided by his or her own observation and the findings of others (pediatrician, plastic surgeon, geneticist, dysmorphologist), interviews the family members to establish a genetic pedigree, reviews the pertinent medical literature, and provides the patient and family with an estimation of the risk of recurrence.
www.cleftteam.org /webpages/GeneticCounseling.htm   (273 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
One third (33%) of patients referred for genetic counseling have other genetic issues in their families that need to be addressed.
The risk for a genetic condition to occur or recur must be conveyed with total accuracy to the patient, requiring a depth of knowledge of genetics and good communication skills.
Genetic testing is sometimes complex and involves: obtaining screening test results, documenting the correct diagnosis, and coordinating the sample study properly.
www.kumc.edu /gec/prof/genecoun.html   (456 words)

  
 Genetic Counselors
Genetic counselors are health professionals who are trained to help families understand genetic disorders and to provide information and support to those families.
Genetic research is a powerful tool for treating medical conditions, but it is still a new tool.
Please contact the genetic society for your area and ask for their assistance in locating a genetic counselor or medical geneticist.
learn.genetics.utah.edu /units/disorders/counselors   (399 words)

  
 Healthopedia.com - Genetic Counseling
Genetic counseling is a discussion with a health care provider or genetics counselor about genetic diseases in a family.
Genetic diseases are conditions that can be passed on from a parent to offspring.
It is key to know the results of any genetic screening tests that have been already been done.
www.healthopedia.com /genetic-counseling   (478 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Genetic Counselor Lyn Hammond is available at the Hollings Cancer Center to help answer these questions.
The genetic counselor will discuss all the benefits, limitations, and risks associated with genetic testing and recommend screening and prevention strategies.
Individuals counseled may choose to file a claim with their insurance company or may pay out-of-pocket.
hcc.musc.edu /patient/support_services/genetic.cfm   (200 words)

  
 Genetic Counseling
Genetic counselors help families understand their risks for inherited conditions and birth defects so they can make informed decisions about their health, including reproduction, medical management and lifestyle.
Genetic counselors are medical professionals trained at the graduate level in the area of medical genetics and counseling.
Theory and techniques of counseling, human and medical genetics, molecular biology, and genetic counseling are among the required courses.
www.med.wayne.edu /gradprog/programs/genetics.htm   (690 words)

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