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Telehealth in Times of Crisis: Best Practices for Patients and Clinicians During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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As more clinics and hospitals are restricting access to clinicians and cancelling non-essential appointments in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the use of telehealth services is increasing dramatically to ensure this counsel and other medical services can be provided.  Genetic counselors are not strangers to telehealth services; many have been providing telehealth services as an option to their patients for years. However, it has become more of an acute need right now as we are all facing the challenges of COVID-19.

“I Am A Genetic Counselor”: A Celebration of Genetic Counselor Awareness Day

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To celebrate the third annual Genetic Counselor Awareness Day on November 14, 2019 and the 40th anniversary of the genetic counseling profession, we featured stories of genetic counselors who embody the many facets of the profession in a Facebook series titled “I Am A Genetic Counselor.” Learn more from this diverse group of genetic counselors about their experiences and why they value being a genetic counselor.

Steps Individuals Can Take to Understand Cancer Risk

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This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NSGC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) want to help individuals learn the steps they can take to understand their risk for health conditions, including breast and ovarian cancer. In a new episode of NSGC’s Genetic Counselors and You consumer podcast series, NSGC Cancer Expert Joy Larsen Haidle and family physician, Sarah Coles, MD, discuss how genetic testing and counseling is part of understanding genetic risk. Larsen Haidle is a genetic counselor at North Memorial Health Cancer Center in Robbinsdale, Minn. and Coles is a family physician from Phoenix, Ariz.

How to Navigate Imprecision in the Precision Medicine Era

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When it comes to genetics and what we can learn from it, the progress we’ve made can make your head spin. I became interested in a genetic counseling career in the late ‘90s, which feels like ancient history. Back then, I’d speak to families about the possibility of a genetic condition, but there likely wasn’t a genetic test available to tell us more. If we confirmed a diagnosis, there usually weren’t many treatments to help. We’ve come a long way.

How to Protect Your Mental Health When Genetics Make You Vulnerable

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While many people know that genetic counselors work with families concerned about conditions caused entirely by genes, people are often less familiar with the idea that we also work with families affected by health conditions caused by a combination of genes and our experiences. Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder are a few examples.