Category: Genetic Conditions

Pregnancy is an exciting new adventure with many unknowns. Some people work very hard to get to pregnancy, others were surprised to discover they were pregnant, while others may not be sure how they feel about their pregnancy. Regardless of the circumstances, when a person goes to that first prenatal appointment – typically in the […]
I recently read a book that highlighted a character who was adopted and searching for her birth mother. She had centered her whole life, including her career, around the idea of doing everything she could to make her birth parents proud. Even though she had never met her birth parents. This character struggled with the […]
grandparent granddaughter sitting together genetic conditioning passed down through family AT-GC Advanced Telegenetic Counseling telehealth
When asking a patient if they have any genetic conditions or health concerns that run in the family, I’ve often had patients respond, “no, but does crazy run in families?!” On a more serious note, I’ve also had patients who are very concerned that autism, cancer, heart disease, or other conditions run in their family […]
questions answers sign what to ask a genetic counselor AT-GC Advanced Telegenetic Counseling
It can be overwhelming to go into a doctor’s appointment to discuss a medical concern for yourself or a loved one. Often when we are worried about our health, we can think of a million questions in the days leading up to a doctor’s appointment, but when we actually sit down with the doctor our […]
There are many genetic conditions that can be inherited from a parent to a child. There are also genetic conditions that can happen randomly, caused by a mistake in a person’s genetic instructions that happened before that person was even born. Almost all genetic conditions can occur in both ways, randomly, and inherited from a […]
parents hands newborn baby feet genetic makeup from mom and dad AT-GC Advanced Telegenetic Counseling
One of the first thoughts that arise from a mother or father after the birth of a baby are: who does the baby look like? Are the baby’s features a combination of the mother and father or does he or she look more like one over the other? It’s fascinating to look at a family […]
hand pushing another hand away from a glass of wine genetic predisposition to alcoholism AT-GC Advanced Telegenetic Counseling
As a genetic counselor, with every patient we ask about a person’s family medical history. It’s common for genetic counselors to hear about family members who have various health concerns, mental health disorders, or how a family member died. It’s also fairly common to hear about a family member who struggles with addiction. Addiction is […]
depressed man on couch staring genetic predisposition to depression AT-GC virtual genetic counseling
As we discussed previously, a genetic predisposition to a disease means that a person has genetic factors that contribute to an increased risk to develop the disease but does not directly cause the disease. We reviewed several categories of types of diseases based on etiology that can genetically predispose a person to a disease. Many […]
Genetic terminology can be quite complicated and difficult to understand. One of the many areas of training a genetic counselor undertakes during school is how to explain genetic terminology in ways everyone can understand. In addition to the terminology being difficult, often there are multiple terms for the same concept. For example, the terms allele, […]
Cat with Chimerism Genetic Condition Face Two Different Colors AT-GC tele counseling for genetic testing
n 2018, a woman went public discussing her unusual birthmark on her abdomen. After years of questions, she had finally gained an explanation for her birthmark – chimerism. She reported that doctors were never able to explain why half of her abdomen was a different color from the other half. Most doctors just said it […]