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Sanford Research inspires grad student Hannah Wollenzien

Variety of experiences helped her find her research specialty
Ashley Schwab 6 min read
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Personalized health care through genetic testing

A genetic counseling session allows for a thorough evaluation of an individual's medical history to create personalized care plan.
Meghann Reardon, LCGC 5 min read
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What to know about genetic tests predicting breast cancer

If you could stop breast cancer before you were even diagnosed, should you? The answer is more complicated than you may think.
Cassie Hajek, M.D. 7 min read
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Myths about prenatal testing

Pregnancy often comes with mixed emotions. While it can be one of the most joyous times of a parent’s life, it can also instill a lot of worry. Although most babies are born healthy, there is a small chance for a birth defect, chromosomal difference or genetic condition in every pregnancy. There are currently hosts […]
RaeAnn Kragenbring 7 min read
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Genetics presents a more personalized care plan

Whether you want more control, to take charge of your health or to have a better idea of what your future holds, having genetics integrated into your primary care moves care above and beyond the standard. By exploring the genetic changes making you unique and incorporating this into your medical record, your doctors can better […]
SHN Staff 5 min read
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Seeing through eye disease

“It is estimated that roughly 285 million individuals worldwide have some type of visual impairment."
SHN Staff 6 min read
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Is there a link between menopause and genetics?

How and when a woman begins menopause depends on family history and lifestyle
SHN Staff 5 min read
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Genetic counselors use history to spot breast cancer risk

Family history, DNA testing help find clues to your health future
Jacqueline Palfy 7 min read
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Inherited cardiac disease? Know your heart history

Four Sanford specialists offer advice for talking with your doctor
SHN Staff 8 min read
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How ancient farmers unearthed genetics

Thousands of years ago, Native Americans figured out how to breed generations of teosinte into a plant we eat nearly every day: corn. These early farmers used the concept of inheritance to create plants with desirable characteristics without microscopes or lab equipment. Today, doctors and scientists have the tools to decode these traits in great […]
SHN Staff 1 min read