The Second Edition of The Practical Guide to the GeneticFamily History not only shows how to take a medical-familyhistory and record a pedigree, but also explains why each bit ofinformation gathered is important. It provides essential support indiagnosing conditions with a genetic component. Moreover, it aidsin recommending genetic testing, referring patients for geneticcounseling, determining patterns of inheritance, calculating riskof disease, making decisions for medical management andsurveillance, and informing and educating patients. Based on theauthor's twenty-five years as a genetic counselor, the book alsohelps readers deal with the psychological, social, cultural, andethical problems that arise in gathering a medical-family historyand sharing findings with patients.
Featuring a new Foreword by Arno Motulsky, widely recognized asthe founder of medical genetics, and completely updated to reflectthe most recent findings in genetic medicine, this SecondEdition presents the latest information and methods forpreparing and assessing a pedigree, including:
Value and utility of a thorough medical-family history
Directed questions to ask when developing a medical-familyhistory for specific disease conditions
Use of pedigrees to identify individuals with an increasedsusceptibility to cancer
Verification of family medical information
Special considerations when adoptions or gamete donors areinvolved
Ethical issues that may arise in recording a pedigree
Throughout the book, clinical examples based on hypotheticalfamilies illustrate key concepts, helping readers understand howreal issues present themselves and how they can be resolved.
This book will enable all healthcare providers, includingphysicians, nurses, medical social workers, and physicianassistants, as well as genetic counselors, to take full advantageof the pedigree as a primary tool for making a genetic riskassessment and providing counseling for patients and theirfamilies.
First published in 1998, A Guide to Genetic Counselingquickly became a bestselling and widely recognized text, usednationally and internationally in genetic counseling trainingprograms. Now in its eagerly anticipated Second Edition, itprovides a thoroughly revised and comprehensive overview of geneticcounseling, focusing on the components, theoretical framework, andunique approach to patient care that are the basis of thisprofession. The book defines the core competencies and covers thegenetic counseling process from case initiation tocompletion—in addition to addressing global professionalissues—with an emphasis on describing fundamental principlesand practices.
Chapters are written by leaders in the field of geneticcounseling and are organized to facilitate academic instruction andskill attainment. They provide the most up-to-date coverage of:
The history and practice of genetic counseling
Case preparation and management
Risk communication and decision-making
Medical genetics evaluation
Understanding genetic testing
Ethical and legal issues
Genetic counseling research
Genetics education and outreach
Evolving roles and expanding opportunities
A Guide to Genetic Counseling, Second Edition belongs onthe syllabi of all medical and human genetics and geneticcounseling training programs. It is an indispensable reference forboth students and healthcare professionals working with patientswho have or are at risk for genetic conditions.
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Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Will a visit to the tanning salon help lower your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on -- or off?
Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.
Through a fresh and engaging examination of our evolutionary history, Dr. Moalem reveals how many of the conditions that are diseases today actually gave our ancestors a leg up in the survival sweepstakes. When the option is a long life with a disease or a short one without it, evolution opts for disease almost every time.
Everything from the climate our ancestors lived in to the crops they planted and ate to their beverage of choice can be seen in our genetic inheritance. But Survival of the Sickest doesn't stop there. It goes on to demonstrate just how little modern medicine really understands about human health, and offers a new way of thinking that can help all of us live longer, healthier lives.
Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth -- and, especially, what that means for us.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure and The Hormone Reset Diet shows every woman how to create a lifestyle that will help her look great, feel energized, and slow down the effects of aging.
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The body is magnificent but it doesn't come with a lifetime warranty, or an operating manual. You're the result of millions of years of evolution, but many of the adaptations that helped your ancestors survive are now working overtime to accelerate the aging process. The assumption here is that we are our genes and therefore trapped by the past. The good news is that your genetic code—the DNA sequence that is the biochemical basis of heredity—can play a minor role in the way you age.
The scientific reality is that 90 percent of the signs of aging and disease are caused by lifestyle choices, not your genes. In other words, you have the capability to overcome and transform your genetic history and tendencies. Harvard/MIT—trained physician Sara Gottfried, M.D. has created a revolutionary 7-week program that empowers us to make the critical choices necessary to not just look young, but also feel young.
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News stories report almost daily on the remarkable progress scientists are making in unraveling the genetic basis of disease and behavior. Meanwhile, new technologies are rapidly reducing the cost of reading someone's personal DNA (all six billion letters of it). Within the next ten years, hospitals may present parents with their newborn's complete DNA code along with her footprints and APGAR score. In Genetic Twists of Fate, distinguished geneticists Stanley Fields and Mark Johnston help us make sense of the genetic revolution that is upon us.
Fields and Johnston tell real life stories that hinge on the inheritance of one tiny change rather than another in an individual's DNA: a mother wrongly accused of poisoning her young son when the true killer was a genetic disorder; the screen siren who could no longer remember her lines because of Alzheimer's disease; and the president who was treated with rat poison to prevent another heart attack. In an engaging and accessible style, Fields and Johnston explain what our personal DNA code is, how a few differences in its long list of DNA letters makes each of us unique, and how that code influences our appearance, our behavior, and our risk for such common diseases as diabetes or cancer.