Genomics & Health Impact Update
The Office of Public Health Genomics (OPHG) provides updated and credible information on how genomic information and family health history can improve health and influence policy and practice. The Genomics & Health Weekly Update has a new name – Genomics & Health Impact Update –and a new mission. The update focuses on genomic information that has the potential for more direct health impact on policy and practice. We highlight news and information on the use of genomic tests and other applications, including family health history, in clinical and public health practice and programs, along with relevant data, policy, and legislation. We hope the new Genomics & Health Impact Update will be informative and useful to practitioners, policy makers, consumers, and researchers. We welcome your comments. Please send to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 14, 2011 Volume 26 Number 15
Report on Genetics Education and Training
The Secretary‘s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society (SACGHS) has released its report on Genetics Education and Training [PDF 2.55 MB] which was developed in recognition of the importance of professional and public genetics education and training to assure that genomic research findings benefit the public‘s health. SACGHS used literature reviews, surveys and key informant interviews to identify the education and training needs of point-of-care health care professionals, public health providers, and consumers and patients and provides recommendations to address these needs.
Strengthening the Reporting of Genetic RIsk Prediction Studies (GRIPS)
A multidisciplinary panel sponsored by CDC and the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet™) has published recommendations for strengthening the reporting of Genetic RIsk Prediction Studies (GRIPS). The statement and elaboration papers are published simultaneously in multiple journals today. Read more.
Fecal DNA testing for Colorectal Cancer Screening: the ColoSure test
Ned RM, et al. PLoS Curr 2011;3:RRN1220
Relevance of laboratory testing for the diagnosis of primary immunodeficiencies: a review of case-based examples of selected immunodeficiencies
Abraham RS Clin Mol Allergy 2011 Apr;9(1):6
Too much information? Noninvasive genetic tests for the unborn, Scientific American, April 13
ASCO, NCCN recommend EGFR testing in advanced lung cancer, Internal Medicine News, April 11
Evaluation of physician knowledge and referral practices for colorectal cancer (CRC) genetic risk assessment: The experience at the Hospital of University of Pennsylvania (HUP).
Jenab-Wolcott J, et al. J Clin Oncol 29: 2011 (suppl 4; abstr 379)
Study: Gastroenterologists more likely than oncologists to obtain detailed family history of colorectal cancer, Becker’s ASC Review, April 13
Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement in U.S. Clinical Molecular Genetic Laboratories
Chen B, et al. Curr Protoc Hum Genet 2011 Apr;Chapter 9:Unit9.2
Direct-to-consumer testing: if consumers are not anxious, why are policymakers?
Caulfield T Hum Genet 2011 Apr
Policy Framework for Rare Disease Health Disparities
Williams PH Policy Polit Nurs Pract 2011 Apr
Preconception genetic testing should be more widely available, says UK commission
Mayor S BMJ 2011;342:d2324
Privacy debate surrounds use of newborns' blood samples, MPR News, April 12
Genetic testing is 'ethically sound', Nursing Times, April 11
Genetic tests moratorium for UK insurance renewed again, PHG Foundation, April 11
US gene patenting legal battle continues, PHG Foundation, April 10
Cancer GAMAdb: database of cancer genetic associations from meta-analyses and genome-wide association studies
Schully SD, et al. Eur J Hum Genet 2011 Apr
Genetic Testing and Parkinson Disease: Assessment of Patient Knowledge, Attitudes, and Interest
Falcone DC, et al. J Genet Couns 2011 Apr
Predictors of contralateral breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers
Metcalfe K, et al. Br J Cancer 2011 Apr
Scientists see promise and challenges in translating genomics to the clinic
Kuehn BM JAMA 2011 Apr;305(13):1285-6
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