Does Alcohol Damage Your DNA?

We all learn that alcohol is considered a drug and that it has bad health consequences when consumed in the extreme, but it is widely available and considered to be safe enough to drink in public. However, even with moderate consumption, alcohol can have a pronounced effect on our bodies; hangovers are one small example of this. Continue reading “Does Alcohol Damage Your DNA?” »

Find a Diet That’s Just Right For Your DNA

Different diets may be appropriate for different people based on their genetic predispositions. This could be one reason why many people who struggle with obesity despite traditional efforts can’t budge the scale too far.  Continue reading “Find a Diet That’s Just Right For Your DNA” »

The Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as selection of optimal supportive care, informed medical decision-making, prognostic considerations, and avoidance of unnecessary testing. If you or a loved one have recently begun to show symptoms of epileptic seizures unrelated to trauma, it may be genetic. Continue reading “The Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations? September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month, so this is an important opportunity to discuss getting tested for an increased cancer risk could potentially get you life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer” »

Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

About two to three percent of the national population develops psoriatic disease, although scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the population inherit one or more genes that lead to the disease.  Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to Your Genes

The gene FGF21 provides the instructions for creating a hormone of the same name; it is linked with food regulation in rodents and nonhuman primates. This new insight suggests FGF21 might actually moderate some appetites in humans as well. Interestingly, the work also suggests that the liver, which secretes the FGF21 hormone and controls insulin resistance, could be playing a larger role in snack management because it produces this hormone and communicates with the brain. Continue reading “Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to Your Genes” »

DNA Testing Identifies Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease

In recognition of National Heart Health Month, it’s a great time to look at an advance in DNA testing that could predict your genetic predisposition to heart disease. Many Americans don’t know their family health history, would you consider it worthwhile to know your risk of developing heart disease? Continue reading “DNA Testing Identifies Your Risk of Developing Heart Disease” »

DNA Testing & Technology Makes for Better Prescriptions


Your genetic makeup is responsible for many things: your height, your eye color, your complexion, and even how you respond to prescription medications. A growing number of physicians are turning to pharmacogenetics to see how people who claim workers’ comp will respond to prescription drugs such as opioid pain relievers.

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Why You Should Consider Pharmacogenetics Testing

The Importance of Pharmacogenetics Testing

Pharmacogenetics testing uses a patient’s saliva sample to create a personal genetic profile. Physicians can use the information from the mouth swab to run against a comprehensive list of medications to determine an individual’s responses to certain drugs.

By analyzing the patient’s inherited genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways, physicians can determine how effective a prescription might be, as well as whether the drugs will negatively affect the patient.

The Benefits of Pharmacogenetics Testingpharmacogenetics

Why should you use pharmacogenetics testing with your patients? Personalized medicine becomes more and more important as researchers learn more about how different drugs affect people in different ways. The benefits of using pharmacogenetics testing with patients include the ability of doctors to offer better treatment plans and a lower risk of fatal drug reactions.

If you know how a drug will affect a specific patient before prescribing the drug, you will be empowered to make better decisions as a doctor. This additional knowledge will allow you to better predict which medications will work best, which might have adverse effects, and the dosage the will be most effective. You can also discover if a patient is genetically prone to excessive blood clotting, high cholesterol, or Vitamin B deficiencies. When a doctor is armed with more information about a specific patient, he or she can feel more confident making important decisions regarding the patient’s health and treatment plan.

Personalized Treatment for Patients

Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit provides expert pharmacogenetics testing that can help physicians determine which medications are best for individual patients.

To find out more about pharmacogenetics testing and how we can help with your treatment plans, call (816) 875-9301.

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How a Single DNA Test Can Save You Thousands.

What if one blood draw or cheek swab could save you or your company thousands of dollars?

It may seem like science fiction, but a simple DNA test could eliminate the guesswork when it comes to prescribing medications.

With pharmacogenetics testing by Test Smartly Labs of Lee’s Summit, all this is possible.

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