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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735297/regulating-the-advertising-of-genetic-tests-in-europe-a-balancing-act
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REVIEW
Louiza Kalokairinou, Pascal Borry, Heidi Carmen Howard
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests (GT) have provoked criticism over their potential adverse impact on public health. The European Parliament called for a ban on DTC advertising of GT during the debate for the adoption of a European Regulation on in vitro diagnostic medical devices. This proposal, however, was not ultimately retained in the final text. Instead, the regulation includes an article prohibiting misleading claims for this kind of advertising. These two different approaches raise questions about the optimal degree of regulation...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714147/communication-of-information-about-genetic-risks-putting-families-at-the-center
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Álvaro Mendes, Alison Metcalfe, Milena Paneque, Liliana Sousa, Angus J Clarke, Jorge Sequeiros
Genetic information is a family affair. With the expansion of genomic technologies, many new causal genes and variants have been established and the potential for molecular diagnoses increased, with implications not only for patients but also their relatives. The need for genetic counseling and intrafamilial circulation of information on genetic risks grew accordingly. Also, the amount and, particularly, the complexity of the information to convey multiplied. Sharing information about genetic risks with family members, however, has never been an easy matter and often becomes a source of personal and familial conflicts and distress...
July 16, 2017: Family Process
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710215/a-study-protocol-for-an-observational-cohort-investigating-cognitive-outcomes-and-wellness-in-survivors-of-critical-illness-the-cogwell-study
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M Elizabeth Wilcox, Andrew S Lim, Mary P McAndrews, Richard A Wennberg, Ruxandra L Pinto, Sandra E Black, Karolina D Walczak, Jan O Friedrich, Michael S Taglione, Gordon D Rubenfeld
INTRODUCTION: Up to 9 out of 10 intensive care unit (ICU) survivors will suffer some degree of cognitive impairment at hospital discharge and approximately half will have decrements that persist for years. The mechanisms for this newly acquired brain injury are poorly understood. The purpose of this study is to describe the prevalence of sleep abnormalities and their association with cognitive impairment, examine a well-known genetic risk factor for dementia (Apolipoprotein E ε4) that may allow for genetic risk stratification of ICU survivors at greatest risk of cognitive impairment and determine if electroencephalography (EEG) is an independent predictor of long-term cognitive impairment and possibly a candidate intermediate end point for future clinical trials...
July 13, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703222/transparency-of-genetic-testing-services-for-health-wellness-and-lifestyle-analysis-of-online-prepurchase-information-for-uk-consumers
#4
Jacqueline A Hall, Rena Gertz, Joan Amato, Claudia Pagliari
The declining cost of DNA sequencing has been accompanied by a proliferation of companies selling 'direct-to-consumer genetic testing' (DTC-GT) services. Many of these are marketed online as tools for enabling citizens to make more informed decisions about their health, wellness and lifestyle. We assessed the 'information for consumers' provided by these companies at the prepurchase stage, which could influence initial decisions to part with money, data or tissue samples. A scoping exercise revealed 65 DTC-GT companies advertising their services online to consumers in the United Kingdom, of which 15 met our inclusion criteria...
August 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697779/ethical-social-and-cultural-issues-related-to-clinical-genetic-testing-and-counseling-in-low-and-middle-income-countries-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
#5
Adrina Zhong, Benedict Darren, Helen Dimaras
BACKGROUND: There has been little focus in the literature on how to build genetic testing and counseling services in low- and middle-income countries in a responsible, ethical, and culturally appropriate manner. It is unclear to what extent this area is being explored and what form further research should take. The proposed knowledge synthesis aims to fill this gap in knowledge and mine the existing data to determine the breadth of work in this area and identify ethical, social, and cultural issues that have emerged...
July 11, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697325/direct-to-consumer-dna-testing-the-fallout-for-individuals-and-their-families-unexpectedly-learning-of-their-donor-conception-origins
#6
Marilyn Crawshaw
Increasing numbers of donor-conceived individuals (and/or parents) are seeking individuals genetically related through donor conception. One route is through 'direct-to-consumer' (DTC) DNA testing, prompting calls for fertility services to alert donors and prospective parents to the increasing unsustainability of anonymity and secrecy. The complexity of interpreting DNA results in this context has also been discussed, including their lack of absolute certainty, as has the need for professional and peer support...
July 11, 2017: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686807/systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-non-invasive-prenatal-dna-testing-for-trisomy-21-implications-for-implementation-in-china
#7
Jiajie Jin, Junwen Yang, Yingyao Chen, Jiayan Huang
OBJECTIVES: To systematically review clinical validation studies of MPS technology in prenatal screening for trisomy 21 and to explore the potential implementation strategies in China compared with those in developing countries. METHODS: Searches of the Cochrane Library, Medline, EMBASE, Web of Science, Biosis Previews and three major Chinese databases were performed to identify all the peer-reviewed articles published between January 1st, 2011 and October 15th, 2016...
July 7, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686333/ehealth-provides-a-novel-opportunity-to-exploit-the-advantages-of-the-nordic-countries-in-psychiatric-genetic-research-building-on-the-public-health-care-system-biobanks-and-registries
#8
REVIEW
Ole A Andreassen
Nordic countries have played an important role in the recent progress in psychiatric genetics, both with large well-characterized samples and expertise. The Nordic countries have research advantages due to the organization of their societies, including system of personal identifiers, national health registries with information about diseases, treatment and prescriptions, and a public health system with geographical catchment areas. For psychiatric genetic research, the large biobanks and population surveys are a unique added value...
July 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654730/promises-pitfalls-and-practicalities-of-prenatal-whole-exome-sequencing
#9
Sunayna Best, Karen Wou, Neeta Vora, Ignatia B Van den Veyver, Ronald Wapner, Lyn S Chitty
Prenatal genetic diagnosis provides information for pregnancy and perinatal decision-making and management. In several small series, prenatal whole exome sequencing (WES) approaches have identified genetic diagnoses when conventional tests (karyotype and microarray) were not diagnostic. Here, we review published prenatal WES studies and recent conference abstracts. Twenty-nine studies were identified, with diagnostic rates varying between 6.2% and 80%. Differences in inclusion criteria and trio versus singleton approaches to sequencing largely account for the wide range of diagnostic rates...
June 27, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613249/hypoxia-inducible-factor-2-alpha-and-prolinhydroxylase-2-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-ards
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Annika Dötsch, Lewin Eisele, Miriam Rabeling, Katharina Rump, Kai Walstein, Alexandra Bick, Linda Cox, Andrea Engler, Hagen S Bachmann, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Michael Adamzik, Jürgen Peters, Simon T Schäfer
Hypoxia-inducible-factor-2α (HIF-2α) and HIF-2 degrading prolyl-hydroxylases (PHD) are key regulators of adaptive hypoxic responses i.e., in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Specifically, functionally active genetic variants of HIF-2α (single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) [ch2:46441523(hg18)]) and PHD2 (C/T; SNP rs516651 and T/C; SNP rs480902) are associated with improved adaptation to hypoxia i.e., in high-altitude residents. However, little is known about these SNPs' prevalence in Caucasians and impact on ARDS-outcome...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610401/oncogenesis-of-thyroid-cancer
#11
Enas Younis
Thyroid neoplasms encompass a variety of lesions that range from benign adenomas to malignancies. These latter can be well-differentiated, poorly differentiated or undifferentiated (anaplastic) carcinomas. More than 95% of thyroid cancers are derived from thyroid follicular cells, while 2-3% (medullary thyroid cancers, MTC) originate from calcitonin producing C-cells. Over the last decade, investigators have developed a clearer understanding of genetic alterations underlying thyroid carcinogenesis. A number of point mutations and translocations are involved, not only in its tumorigenesis, but also as have potential use as diagnostic and prognostic indicators and therapeutic targets...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548558/the-role-of-genetic-testing-in-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-management
#12
Yvonne G Weber, Saskia Biskup, Katherine L Helbig, Sarah Von Spiczak, Holger Lerche
Epilepsy is a common neurological disorder characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. More than 500 epilepsy-associated genes have been described in the literature. Most of these genes play an important role in neuronal excitability, cortical development or synaptic transmission. A growing number of genetic variations have implications on diagnosis and prognostic or therapeutic advice in terms of a personalized medicine. Area covered: The review presents the different forms of genetic epilepsies with respect to their underlying genetic and functional pathophysiology and aims to give advice for recommended genetic testing...
August 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543738/crispr-editing-in-biological-and-biomedical-investigation
#13
Xing-Da Ju, Jing Xu, Zhong Sheng Sun
The CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat)-Cas (CRISPR-associated protein) system, a prokaryotic RNA-based adaptive immune system against viral infection, is emerging as a powerful genome editing tool in broad research areas. To further improve and expand its functionality, various CRISPR delivery strategies have been tested and optimized, and key CRISPR system components such as Cas protein have been engineered with different purposes. Benefiting from more in-depth understanding and further development of CRISPR, versatile CRISPR-based platforms for genome editing have been rapidly developed to advance investigations in biology and biomedicine...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543657/ethical-principles-process-and-the-work-of-bioethics-commissions
#14
Daniel P Sulmasy
Shortly after the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues was constituted in 2010 and days before the commission members were to join a conference call to discuss possible topics for their deliberation, Craig Venter held a press conference announcing that his lab had created a synthetic chromosome for a species of mycoplasma and had inserted this genetic material into organisms of another species of mycoplasma (the genes of which had been deactivated), transforming the host species into the donor species...
May 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534296/anticipating-the-ethical-challenges-of-psychiatric-genetic-testing
#15
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/28512206/genetic-testing-and-reproductive-choice-in-neurological-disorders
#16
REVIEW
Omay Lee, Mary Porteous
Genetic testing is increasingly important for investigating suspected inherited neurological conditions. A genetic diagnosis can have a huge impact on patients and also their families. It is important for neurologists to appreciate the presymptomatic and prenatal testing options available to patients and their at-risk relatives once a genetic disorder is diagnosed. Asymptomatic family members can experience considerable psychological distress from the knowledge that they might have inherited a neurodegenerative condition...
August 2017: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501562/a-joint-venture-model-of-recontacting-in-clinical-genomics-challenges-for-responsible-implementation
#17
Sandi Dheensa, Daniele Carrieri, Susan Kelly, Angus Clarke, Shane Doheny, Peter Turnpenny, Anneke Lucassen
Advances in genomics often lead healthcare professionals (HCPs) to learn new information, e.g., about reinterpreted variants that could have clinical significance for patients seen previously. A question arises of whether HCPs should recontact these former patients. We present some findings interrogating the views of patients (or parents of patients) with a rare or undiagnosed condition about how such recontacting might be organised ethically and practically. Forty-one interviews were analysed thematically...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488681/practices-and-views-of-neurologists-regarding-the-use-of-whole-genome-sequencing-in-clinical-settings-a-web-based-survey
#18
Iris Jaitovich Groisman, Thierry Hurlimann, Amir Shoham, Béatrice Godard
The use of Whole-Genome Sequencing (WGS) in clinical settings has brought up a number of controversial scientific and ethical issues. The application of WGS is of particular relevance in neurology, as many conditions are difficult to diagnose. We conducted a worldwide, web-based survey to explore neurologists' views on the benefits of, and concerns regarding, the clinical use of WGS, as well as the resources necessary to implement it. Almost half of the 204 neurologists in the study treated mostly adult patients (48%), while the rest mainly children (37...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488677/uninformed-consent-in-nutrigenomic-research
#19
A Cecile Jw Janssens, Eline M Bunnik, Wylie Burke, Maartje Hn Schermer
Genetic testing for personalizing diet and wellness programs is performed without extensive counseling that informs about the potential implications of knowing one's genotype status. Genetic counseling seems redundant for genes that impact the effect of diet on biomarkers such as cholesterol and blood pressure, but the same genes may have pleiotropic effects that cannot be ignored. A well-known example is the APOE gene, which is implicated in cholesterol regulation and is a major risk factor for Alzheimer's disease...
June 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484805/-practical-guidelines-for-genetic-testing-in-cardiovascular-diseases
#20
W Reinhard, T Trenkwalder, H Schunkert
In the last decade, genetic testing for cardiovascular disorders has become more and more relevant. Progress in molecular genetics has led to new opportunities for diagnostics, improved risk prediction and could lead to novel therapeutic approaches. Genetic diagnostic testing is relevant for both confirming a diagnosis as well as deciding on therapeutic consequences, if applicable. Furthermore, predictive testing in family members for specific cardiovascular diseases is now a standard procedure in holistic patient management...
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