Category Archives: Pregnancy and Genetics

Mar
23
The Changing Landscape of Genetic Counseling
Posted by Katie Stoll
The landscape of the genetic counselor workforce has shifted dramatically in recent years, in large part due to new opportunities for genetic counselors in genetic testing laboratory settings.  According to the Professional Status Survey conducted by the National
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Nov
29
Why you should support GSF
Posted by Katie Stoll
As the end of the year draws near, I have been thinking a lot about what GSF means to me, and why I think you should consider making a gift to GSF this year. It has been an
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Jun
30
Chromosomal Microarray (CMA)
Posted by Katie Stoll
Chromosomal microarray (CMA) is a technology that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists now recommends be offered as a first-tier test for any woman undergoing diagnostic testing to replace the standard karyotype that has been used in
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Jun
1
New Practice Guidelines for Prenatal Genetic Testing
Posted by Katie Stoll
Important guidelines in the area of prenatal genetics were recently published in the journal, Obstetrics and Gynecology (aka “The Green Journal”).  The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) collaborated on two
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Mar
30
Genetic Testing Catastrophe
Posted by Katie Stoll
Genetics and healthcare is a popular topic for television drama.  The ethical conundrums that arise with genetic testing coupled with the rarity of genetic conditions make for interesting stories.  As a genetic counselor, I often notice holes in
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Jun
29
New NIPT Committee Opinion- Joint Statement from ACOG and SMFM!
Posted by Katie Stoll
A long anticipated joint statement regarding noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) from The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and SMFM is now available, Committee Opinion #640 Cell-free DNA Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy.  It is thorough and provides
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Jun
17
Introducing Carla from the Genetic Support Foundation Team!
Posted by Austin McKittrick
First off, let me introduce myself. My name is Carla, and I am an integral part of the Genetic Support Foundation (GSF) Team. Well, at least the idea of “me” has become near and dear to the folks
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Jun
11
99% Accurate: What does it really mean?
Posted by Katie Stoll
Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) screens for a handful of genetic conditions.  The detection rate of NIPT is high for many of these conditions, especially for Down syndrome.  Many labs boast that  their NIPT is “greater than 99% accurate”.  So what
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Jun
2
What’s in a (noninvasive) Name?
Posted by Katie Stoll
Nearly four years into the use of this new prenatal screening test, and the medical community is still trying to figure out what to call it.  When Sequenom first launched the MaterniT21 screen for Down syndrome in 2011
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May
28
Why Genetic Support Foundation?
Posted by Austin McKittrick
Welcome to Genetic Support Foundation’s new website. We are thrilled that you found us and are honored to have you here learning more.  We are a newly formed, independent and charitable nonprofit organization.  Our mission is to provide
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