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Charlotte von der Lippe, Jan C Frich, Anna Harris, Kari Nyheim Solbrække
Studies on carriers of genetic disorders mainly focus on the process of genetic testing and reproductive choices, and less on how psychosocial aspects of being a carrier change over time. Our study sought to understand more about the psychosocial aspects of hemophilia carrier status, and thereby improve counseling aiming to advance carriers' quality of life and well-being. We analyzed 16 in-depth interviews from women who were carriers of hemophilia and had a son with hemophilia. Three themes emerged: Guilt and sorrow across generations; the choices and future consequences of genetic testing; and preparing to have a child with hemophilia...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547653/identifying-opportunities-for-collaboration-and-growth-of-genetic-counseling-services-in-the-asia-region
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Mercy Y Laurino, Darci L Sternen, Jennifer K Thompson, Kathleen A Leppig
The Genetic Counseling Pre-Conference Workshop (GCPCW) was held on September 16, 2015, in Hanoi, Vietnam. We report the GCPCW outcomes obtained from pre- and post-conference questionnaires, case-review breakout session, and an open discussion of needs for genetic counseling services in the Asia region. The GCPCW participants completed questionnaires with closed- and open-ended questions regarding the status and needs of providing genetic counseling services in Asia. Utilizing thematic content analysis, common themes shared during the case-review breakout session are summarized and survey results are tabulated...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546998/uniparental-disomy-determined-by-whole-exome-sequencing-in-a-spectrum-of-rare-motoneuron-diseases-and-ataxias
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Dana M Bis, Rebecca Schüle, Jennifer Reichbauer, Matthis Synofzik, Tim W Rattay, Anne Soehn, Peter de Jonghe, Ludger Schöls, Stephan Züchner
BACKGROUND: The genetic causes of many rare inherited motoneuron diseases and ataxias (MND and ATX) remain largely unresolved, especially for sporadic patients, despite tremendous advances in gene discovery. Whole exome data is often available for patients, but it is rarely evaluated for unusual inheritance patterns, such as uniparental disomy (UPD). UPD is the inheritance of two copies of a chromosomal region from one parent, which may generate homozygosity for a deleterious recessive variant from only one carrier-parent...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545862/a-novel-pathogenic-variant-in-the-fzd6-gene-causes-recessive-nail-dysplasia-in-a-large-iranian-kindred
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Javad Mohammadi-Asl, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Aliasgar Mohammadi, Ameneh Eskandari, Sima Mozafar-Jalali, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar
BACKGROUND: Nail disorder nonsyndromic congenital (NDNC) is a very rare clinically and genetically heterogeneous disease inherited both in recessive or dominant modes. FZD6 is a component of Wnt-FZD signaling pathway in which recessive loss-of-function variants in the corresponding genes could lead to nail anomalies. OBJECTIVE: A large multiplex family with NDNC was referred for genetic counselling. Thorough genetic evaluation was performed. METHODS: PCR-Sanger sequencing was carried out for the coding exons and exon-intron boundaries of the FZD6 gene...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545429/awareness-knowledge-perceptions-and-attitudes-towards-genetic-testing-for-cancer-risk-among-ethnic-minority-groups-a-systematic-review
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Katie E J Hann, Madeleine Freeman, Lindsay Fraser, Jo Waller, Saskia C Sanderson, Belinda Rahman, Lucy Side, Sue Gessler, Anne Lanceley
BACKGROUND: Genetic testing for risk of hereditary cancer can help patients to make important decisions about prevention or early detection. US and UK studies show that people from ethnic minority groups are less likely to receive genetic testing. It is important to understand various groups' awareness of genetic testing and its acceptability to avoid further disparities in health care. This review aims to identify and detail awareness, knowledge, perceptions, and attitudes towards genetic counselling/testing for cancer risk prediction in ethnic minority groups...
May 25, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544683/comprehensive-genetic-study-of-cystic-fibrosis-in-slovak-patients-in-25-years-of-genetic-diagnostics
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Andrea Soltysova, Eva Tothova Tarova, Andrej Ficek, Marian Baldovic, Helena Polakova, Hana Kayserova, Ludevit Kadasi
INTRODUCTION: Cystic fibrosis (CF) has one of the longest histories in hereditary disease molecular diagnostics. However, identification of causative mutations in the CFTR gene is complicated by over two thousand currently identified mutations; with more still being discovered. Knowledge of mutation spectrum may improve effective routine diagnostics and is obligatory in mutation-specific treatment. OBJECTIVES: This study presents comprehensive mutation screening of the CFTR gene; with 275 unrelated, clinically confirmed and treated cystic fibrosis (CF) patients diagnosed in 25 years genetic testing in Slovakia...
May 20, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542378/familial-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling-over-time-including-patients%C3%A2-expectations-and-initiators-considering-the-angelina-jolie-effect
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Christina Evers, Christine Fischer, Nicola Dikow, Sarah Schott
PURPOSE: The German Consortium for hereditary breast/ovarian cancer (GC-HBOC) aims for nationwide access to professional, individualized yet structured care for families at high risk. The identification of such families remains key for optimal care. Our study evaluates counselees' characteristics, referral practices, expectations and motivations in respect to their first genetic consultation. The impact of the Angelina Jolie Effect (AJE) was prospectively assessed. METHODS: All counselees could participate through a questionnaire...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541281/revisiting-the-prevalence-of-nonclassic-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-us-ashkenazi-jews-and-caucasians
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Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Rachel Morissette, Ninet Sinaii, Meredith Elman, Toni R Prezant, Wuyan Chen, Ann Pulver, Deborah P Merke
PurposeNonclassic 21-hydroxylase deficiency, a mild form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), is estimated to be the most common autosomal recessive condition, with an especially high prevalence in Ashkenazi Jews (3.7% affected, 30.9% carriers), based on a 1985 HLA-B linkage study of affected families. Affected individuals, especially women, may suffer from hyperandrogenism and infertility. State-of-the-art genetic studies have not been done to confirm these remarkable rates.MethodsCYP21A2 genotyping was performed in 200 unrelated healthy Ashkenazi Jewish subjects and 200 random US Caucasians who did not self-identify as a specific ethnicity using multiplex minisequencing, real-time polymerase chain reaction and junction site analysis...
May 25, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540711/pcr-in-the-analysis-of-clinical-samples-prenatal-and-postnatal-diagnosis-of-inborn-errors-of-metabolism
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Laura Vilarinho, Célia Nogueira
Inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) are individually rare but collectively common. As more and more genes are cloned and specific disease-causing mutations are identified, the diagnosis of IEMs is becoming increasingly confirmed by mutation analysis. Diagnosis is important not only for treatment and prognosis but also for genetic counselling and prenatal diagnosis in subsequent pregnancies. A wide range of molecular methods is available for the identification of mutations and other DNA variants, most of which are based on the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540274/identification-of-a-novel-mutation-in-the-pah-gene-in-an-iranian-phenylketonuria-family-a-case-report
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Masoumeh Razipour, Daniz Kooshavar, Elaheh Alavinejad, Seyede Zahra Sajedi, Neda Mohajer, Aria Setoodeh, Saeed Talebi, Mohammad Keramatipour
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is an inborn error of amino acid metabolism with an autosomal recessive inheritance caused in most cases by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. PKU has wide allelic heterogeneity. Here we report a novel heterozygous substitution (c.1223G>T (p.Arg408Leu)) in the PAH gene in an Iranian PKU family. The patient was 19-yr-old female with diagnosis of moderate PKU referred to Department of Medical Genetics, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran for genetic counseling/analysis in April 2015...
April 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538002/the-cancer-worry-scale-revised-for-breast-cancer-genetic-counseling
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Anita Caruso, Cristina Vigna, Paola Gremigni
BACKGROUND: The Cancer Worry Scale was revised to be used in breast cancer genetic counseling (CWS-GC). This scale is used to identify dimensions that are relevant in the genetic counseling context, such as worry about developing breast cancer, impact of worries on daily life, and risk perception in women attending a counseling session for BRCA1/2 mutations. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the psychometric properties of the CWS-GC in a sample of Italian women...
May 19, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537755/a-pilot-study-of-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-alpha-and-beta-thalassemia-with-target-capture-sequencing-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-in-maternal-blood
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Wenjuan Wang, Yuan Yuan, Haiqing Zheng, Yaoshen Wang, Dan Zeng, Yihua Yang, Xin Yi, Yang Xia, Chunjiang Zhu
AIMS: Thalassemia is a dangerous hematolytic genetic disease. In south China, ∼24% Chinese carry alpha-thalassemia or beta-thalassemia gene mutations. Given the fact that the invasive sampling procedures can only be performed by professionals in experienced centers, it may increase the risk of miscarriage or infection. Thus, most people are worried about the invasive operation. As such, a noninvasive and accurate prenatal diagnosis is needed for appropriate genetic counseling for families with high risks...
May 24, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536874/-genetic-findings-in-autism-spectrum-disorders
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REVIEW
C M Freitag
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are pervasive developmental disorders comprising problems in social interaction, communication, and stereotyped behavior and interests. They show a prevalence of around 0.8% in children, adolescents, and adults, and a skewed sex distribution (about 4:1 = male:female). ASD are predominantly genetically determined disorders. Heritability estimates from twin studies range between 64 and 91%. Recurrence risk in siblings is 20-fold elevated. De novo and inherited monogenetic disorders, mutations, sex chromosomal abnormalities, cytogenetic and imprinting disorders as well as common variants are associated with ASD...
May 23, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536827/genetic-counselling-for-maternally-inherited-mitochondrial-disorders
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REVIEW
Joanna Poulton, Josef Finsterer, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man
The aim of this review was to provide an evidence-based approach to frequently asked questions relating to the risk of transmitting a maternally inherited mitochondrial disorder (MID). We do not address disorders linked with disturbed mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) maintenance, causing mtDNA depletion or multiple mtDNA deletions, as these are autosomally inherited. The review addresses questions regarding prognosis, recurrence risks and the strategies available to prevent disease transmission. The clinical and genetic complexity of maternally inherited MIDs represent a major challenge for patients, their relatives and health professionals...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534296/anticipating-the-ethical-challenges-of-psychiatric-genetic-testing
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REVIEW
Paul S Appelbaum, Shawna Benston
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Genetic testing for mental illness is likely to become increasingly prevalent as the science behind it is refined. This article identifies anticipated ethical challenges for patients, psychiatrists, and genetic counselors and makes recommendations for addressing them. RECENT FINDINGS: Many of the ethical challenges of psychiatric genetic testing are likely to stem from failures to comprehend the nature and implications of test results. Recent studies have identified gaps in the knowledge base of psychiatrists and genetic counselors, which limit their abilities to provide patients with appropriate education...
July 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533841/-collodion-baby-clinical-aspects-and-role-of-prenatal-diagnosis
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Ridha Fatnassi, Nédia Marouen, Houcem Ragmoun, Latifa Marzougui, Sabra Hammami
Collodion baby is a severe form of congenital ichthyosis detected in neonatal period. It often has a characteristic clinical picture. When evolution is not fatal; it often causes dry Ichthyosis. Thanks to molecular biology techniques, prenatal diagnosis can be made since the 10-12 weeks of amenorrhea, allowing genetic counselling. Prognosis depends on several parameters, namely the degree of the initial manifestation, the duration of desquamation, as well as underlying Ichthyosis This rewiew of the literature which aims to clarify the diagnostic aspects and therapeutic treatment as well as the role of the antenatal diagnosis is based on a new observation of a collodion baby born at 34 weeks, of a parturient woman having an index case and of infant deaths occurring in the first day of life...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533537/novel-mutations-and-phenotypic-associations-identified-through-apc-mutyh-nthl1-pold1-pole-gene-analysis-in-indian-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-cohort
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Nikhat Khan, Anuja Lipsa, Gautham Arunachal, Mukta Ramadwar, Rajiv Sarin
Colo-Rectal Cancer is a common cancer worldwide with 5-10% cases being hereditary. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) syndrome is due to germline mutations in the APC or rarely MUTYH gene. NTHL1, POLD1, POLE have been recently reported in previously unexplained FAP cases. Unlike the Caucasian population, FAP phenotype and its genotypic associations have not been widely studied in several geoethnic groups. We report the first FAP cohort from South Asia and the only non-Caucasian cohort with comprehensive analysis of APC, MUTYH, NTHL1, POLD1, POLE genes...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533195/de-novo-8p23-1-deletion-in-a-patient-with-absence-epilepsy
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Nihan Hande Akcakaya, Özlem Yalcin Capan, Herbert Schulz, Thomas Sander, Server Hande Caglayan, Zuhal Yapıcı
The 8p23.1 deletion syndrome is a rare multisystem disorder with high penetrance and a variable phenotypic spectrum that includes congenital heart disease (CHD), intellectual disability, behavioural problems, microcephalia, and sometimes epilepsy. Genomic copy number variations (CNVs) constitute an important genetic risk factor for common genetic generalised epilepsy syndromes (GGEs) and absence seizures. These variations, resulting either from copy loss (microdeletion) or copy gain (duplications), disrupt genes associated with neuronal development...
May 22, 2017: Epileptic Disorders: International Epilepsy Journal with Videotape
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533154/preconception-and-prenatal-genetic-counselling
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REVIEW
Adonis S Ioannides
Identifying individuals at risk of having children affected by genetic conditions or congenital anomalies allows counselling that aims to inform reproductive decisions. This process takes place either at the preconception or early prenatal stage, although more options are available if risks are identified before the pregnancy. Preconception counselling covers issues that can affect the health of the mother and baby including folic acid supplementation. Carrier screening for autosomal recessive diseases, such as beta thalassaemia, has resulted in a significantly reduced incidence in many countries...
April 21, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531300/anosmia-a-clinical-review
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Sanne Boesveldt, Elbrich M Postma, Duncan Boak, Antje Welge-Luessen, Veronika Schöpf, Joel D Mainland, Jeffrey Martens, John Ngai, Valerie B Duffy
Anosmia and hyposmia, the inability or decreased ability to smell, is estimated to afflict 3-20% of the population. Risk of olfactory dysfunction increases with old age and may also result from chronic sinonasal diseases, severe head trauma, and upper respiratory infections, or neurodegenerative diseases. These disorders impair the ability to sense warning odors in foods and the environment, as well as hinder the quality of life related to social interactions, eating, and feelings of well-being. This article reports and extends on a clinical update commencing at the 2016 Association for Chemoreception Sciences annual meeting...
May 22, 2017: Chemical Senses
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