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WATCH: Explaining the Reasons Behind Angelina Jolie’s Decision

This blog post is part of the Google+ Healthy Hangouts series on breaking and timely health news. Did you hear the news about Angelina Jolie? She recently announced in the New York Times that she tested positive for the BRCA-1 genetic mutation which dramatically increases her risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer. Given that information, she …

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How Decoding Annie Parker Changed Breast Cancer Treatment Forever

As genetics has become more and more significant in healthcare, the media coverage has certainly increased.  And now, genes, genetic testing, and the personal stories deeply entwined with the process have become story lines for major motion pictures. I was given an opportunity to attend one of the first showings of Decoding Annie Parker on April …

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Ovarian Cancer’s Vulnerability Exposed: Clinical Trial Offers New Hope

Targeted therapy for ovarian cancer has been an elusive goal for researchers for many years because ovarian cancer is a heterogeneous disease, exhibiting a plethora of genetic alterations. In a small percentage of patients, the cancer is found to be hereditary. In these patients, mutations in the BRCA gene lead to an increased risk of ovarian, …

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