October 5, 2011

Genetic Test Kits Found to Have Little Emotional Impact


An emerging trend in health care is the direct marketing of genetic test kits that give users their respective odds of developing a particular disease or condition…In the October issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a group of Mayo Clinic physicians and bioethicists analyzed whether these genetic tests cause patients to excessively worry about developing diseases. “We looked for evidence of increased concern about disease based solely on genetic risk, and then whether the concern resulted in changes in health habits,” said co-author Clayton Cowl, M.D.

Psych Central News, Rick Nauert, 10/5/11

Tags: Genomics, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, Psychology and Psychiatry

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