What Is A Clinical Trial?

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Table of Contents What is a Clinical Trial? In the United States, the Food & Drug Administration, or FDA, sets the guidelines and regulations surrounding clinical trials. Clinical trials are used to test the safety and efficacy of new treatment options, including drugs, behavioral modifications, diets, and medical devices [1]. Once approved, a therapy can […]

Drug-Induced Acute Pancreatitis

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Introduction Drugs are an important element of modern medical care and can be subdivided into over the counter (OTC) drugs and prescription drugs. OTC drugs, as the name suggests, are available at pharmacies and many convenience stores to purchase without a prescription. Sometimes, an acute pancreatitis attack can be the direct result of a new […]

Preparing For Your Genetic Counseling Appointment For Pancreatic Cancer

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Who should consider genetic testing It is recommended that all individuals with exocrine pancreatic cancer are offered genetic testing, according to the most recent National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s genetic testing guidelines. Other indications for considering genetic testing include: a close family history of pancreatic cancer personal or family history of other cancers specific cancers in […]

You’ve Received A Pancreatitis Diagnosis, Now What?

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  If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed with pancreatitis, you may feel a bit lost, scared, or confused. If the diagnosis was unexpected, you may be wondering how a pancreatitis diagnosis might change your daily routines going forward. As there are many forms of pancreatitis, your case may present its own […]

Pancreatitis & Pain

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Pancreatitis is a complex medical condition that manifests itself differently in each patient. While some patients experience no pain, the most common symptom of pancreatitis is pain in the upper abdomen [1], that may radiate to the back. This pain can range widely in severity and duration. Mild cases of pancreatitis may resolve on their […]

How a Genetic Counselor Can Help You Navigate Genetic Testing

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Genetic testing can be confusing. It is a rapidly changing field with a lot of terms and concepts that the average person doesn’t encounter often in everyday life. Sometimes the implications of test results are life-changing not only for the person tested, but also for their family.  It can be challenging to navigate the testing […]

Participating in Research

Research Participation

  What is scientific research and why is it important?   Scientific research, in the context of medicine, acts as the foundation for many therapies, techniques, and policies that exist today.  At its core, each research study aims to answer a question. This main question is also known as the hypothesis of the research study.  […]

Why Are Some Genetic Risk Variants So Common?

From a genetic standpoint, humans are overwhelmingly similar. If you compare the DNA of two randomly chosen people, you’ll find that it is 99.9% identical. The variability in the remaining 0.1% is why we have differences in eye color, height, and the ability to digest milk into adulthood. This 0.1% is also why we have […]

Mother’s Day Genetics: How long does a mother “carry” a child?

On the second Sunday in May, Mother’s Day celebrates the women who care for us, the maternal bonds between mother and child, and the influence of mothers in society. Mothers come in all forms and what they instill in their children goes far beyond the childrens’ genetics. The founder of Mother’s Day in the US, […]