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What is Genetic Counseling and Why is it Important?

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Mar 20, 2020

When it comes to genetic testing, it can get complicated in a hurry. Imagine sending in a DNA test hoping to find out what percent German you are and getting back a result that says you have an increased risk for cancer. That news can stop anyone in their tracks.

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5 Genetic Testing Questions You Need to Ask

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Mar 16, 2020

Genetic testing continues to increase in popularity thanks in large part to various direct-to-consumer (DTC) services. While many people pursue genetic testing to find out more about their heritage, it’s not all fun and games. There is a lot more to consider before you send in that DNA sample.

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The Pros and Cons of Genetic Testing

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Mar 13, 2020

Genetic testing continues to increase in popularity. However, it is not for everyone. Results of genetic testing can often be uninformative and ultimately can cause more stress and anxiety over the possibility of a disease you may never get.

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What is Genetic Testing?

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Feb 10, 2020

Genetic testing is a hot topic these days. You see it in headlines, on late-night commercials, and all over your Facebook feed. Send in a sample of your DNA. Wait a few weeks. Then the results will tell you all sorts of information about your heritage, family history, and more.

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Your Family Health History Offers Clues to Your Genetic Profile

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Oct 24, 2018

Completing a family health history is an easy, fast, and completely free way to discover health insights. What better time than the holidays to connect with family and share this vital information?

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Do Your Genes Affect How Long You'll Live?

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Sep 26, 2018

 The short answer: Not as much as you might think.


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DNA Testing: Curiosity vs. Medical Necessity

Posted by Jim Mumper, M.D. on Sep 6, 2018

Being curious about who we are, where we came from, and what makes us us is normal. These musings separate us from other animals (after all, Fluffy and Fido don't seem concerned about their heritage).

And knowledge is power, isn't it? The short answer: it depends. 

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​How Knowing Your Family Medical History Can Change Your Life​

Posted by PartnerMD on Jul 20, 2016

When speaking to a physician about your health, patients tend to focus on their personal current and past conditions. But knowing your family’s medical history and understanding the role it plays in your own health is critical, especially when it comes to prevention.

Your family history can identify health complications you may be prone to because of genetics. Having this information allows your physician to tailor your nutrition, exercise and lifestyle recommendations to help prevent these issues from arising.

Ready to take a proactive approach to your health? Discuss your family health history with a PartnerMD physician today.

Here are some factors your physician may consider in regards to your family's health history and how the findings can be used to optimize your health:

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