Your Medical Record, Insurance Rates, and DNA Testing

DNA testing has grown in popularity over the past few years as technology has grown more prevalent and lead to lower costs. As of April 2014, 700,000 Americans have undergone full or partial DNA sequencing to learn more about their genetic backgrounds and medical predispositions.

Yet many people are avoiding DNA testing altogether, including ethnicity and ancestry tests, for fear that their results may negatively impact their insurance costs.

How is DNA testing related to your insurance rates? Read more below.

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Don’t Be Fooled By a Fake Paternity Test

In 2017, a woman living in Liverpool, England was jailed for a year for faking the results of a paternity test. Danielle Morris told her ex, Jamie Somers, that he was the father of her daughter.

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Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes

craving sugar? maybe it's in 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 “Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes” »

DNA Tests Provide a Look at the Global Scale of Genetic History

DNA tests can reveal fascinating things about an individual’s genetic history, including their ancestral roots and even their rare medical conditions.

A recent study published in Science has highlighted another interesting use of DNA tests. Researchers have pinpointed, dated, and characterized historical genetic mixing, creating a global genetic map that gives us deeper insight into how past populations moved and changed — and how notable historic events shaped our genes.

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The Science and Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as the 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 Science and Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?

Were you aware that at least 24% of women with ovarian cancer inherited some sort of genetic mutation? Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we have the perfect opportunity to discuss how getting tested to find out if you have an increased cancer risk could potentially result in you receiving life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Should You Get Genetic Testing for Breast and Ovarian Cancer?” »

Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent

The second Sunday in September is National Grandparents’ Day. We know you love your grandchildren, and it’s important to know what legal rights you have as a grandparent. Exactly what those rights entail vary based on your situation, and it varies from state to state. Missouri has its own regulations regarding grandparents visitation and even legal guardianship. Continue reading “Understand Your Rights as a Grandparent” »

What is AABB-Accredited DNA Testing & Why Does It Matter?

Due to the prevalence of mail-order DNA test kits, more people are trying to learn about their genetic background.

However, DIY DNA testing isn’t the most reliable despite the promises made by manufacturers. Let Test Smartly Labs explain what it means to be an AABB-accredited lab and why this accreditation is so important when it comes to DNA testing.

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Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

Did you know that around 3% of the national population develops psoriasis? Scientists think that around 10% of the population has inherited genes that can lead to developing psoriasis.¬† Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

Simple Ways to Learn More About Your Genetics

It is natural to be curious about your ancestors and where they once lived. Many families do not have extensive records of their history, leaving it to later generations with better technology to solve genealogical mysteries. Our modern tech makes it simpler to delve into the past and uncover the truth about our family origins. Today, Test Smartly Labs will share some easy tips to help you uncover your family’s secrets.

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