Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think all prenatal testing is bad. I do believe we need to be careful and take the time to educate our patients and families to the best of our abilities. Parents Sue Doctors Over ‘Wrongful Abortion’ Brandy Zadrozny, The Daily Beast 1/29/2015 More than two-thirds of pregnant women in the U.S. go through prenatal genetic screening for abnormalities such as Down syndrome, or Trisomy 21. Studies estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of parents who receive a diagnosis of Trisomy 21 choose to terminate their pregnancies. A smaller share, but still a majority … Continue reading In the news – an example of the pitfalls of prenatal testing
Suppose you are expecting a baby and the obstetrician or genetic counselor tells you that they detected your future child possesses a gene which is associated with the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This neuromuscular disease with its severe … Continue reading We have the results of the prenatal genetic screening back…
“It’s your pregnancy. Demand the accuracy of the MaterniT21 PLUS test.” “No confusion. Just simple, clear results.” So reads Sequenom Laboratories’ website, speaking to prospective parents and health care providers. The MaterniT21 test is marketed as a noninvasive prenatal test … Continue reading New and improved prenatal screening: do expecting parents understand what these tests mean?
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing, genetic tests available to the general public that do not require the involvement of a health care practitioner, have been on the market for nearly a decade now, but there is still a great deal of … Continue reading Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing – mostly harmless