Archive for July, 2008

Jul 25 2008

The Future of Genomic Medicine II – Feb. 27-28, 2009

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Scripps Genomic Medicine and the J. Craig Venter Institute are sponsoring a one and a half day conference on the progresses and challenges of genomics. The conference will be held on February 27028 at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. For more information, see the the-future-of-genomic-medicine-ii.pdf conference brochure.

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Jul 15 2008

Preparing for New Genetic Data Management Requirements

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On Wednesday, July 30th from 10am-11:30am PST, the Health Information Privacy/Security Alert is sponsoring a seminar to help participants prepare for the upcoming proposals and rules that will be issued under GINA. The cost for one call-in line and course materials is $275. To join the seminar or for more information, go to http://www.melamedia.com/07_30_08_Description.htm

 

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Jul 15 2008

Information about GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008)

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This commentary from the New England Journal of Medicine and video interview of Francis Collins discussing GINA provide nice summaries of what GINA is, what protections it provides, what it does not do, and the positive effects supporters of the legislation hope it will provide.

“Keeping Pace with the Times — The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008”
Commentary by Kathy L. Hudson, Ph.D., M.K. Holohan, J.D., and Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/358/25/2661/DC1

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008: An Interview with Dr. Francis Collins http://content.nejm.org/cgi/reprint/358/25/2661.pdf

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Jul 03 2008

Hearing Screening Recommended for all Newborns

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The U.S. Preventative Services Task force now recommends hearing screening for all newborns. They have concluded that:  1) There is good evidence that newborn hearing screening testing is highly accurate and leads to earlier identification and treatment of infants with hearing loss; 2) Good-quality evidence shows that early detection improves language outcomes; and 3) The overall risks of complications of screening and treatment are estimated to be small.

For more information, visit: http://www.ahrq.gov/clinic/uspstf/uspsnbhr.htm.

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Jul 01 2008

NIH Launches Undiagnosed Diseases Program

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The NIH recently announced the creation of a new clinical research program that will aim to provide answers to patients with conditions that have eluded diagnosis. This program, called the Undiagnosed Diseases Program, will focus on the most puzzling cases referred to the NIH Clinical Center by physicians across the nation. For more information about this program, go to: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Undiagnosed

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Jul 01 2008

Genetics/Bioethics Conference in Seattle

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The Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children’s Hospital will host its fourth annual international bioethics conference, entitled Predicting our Future: Genetic Testing in Children and Their Families on July 25-26, 2008 in Seattle. For more information, go to: http://bioethics.seattlechildrens.org/events/pediatric_bioethics_conference
/pediatric_bioethics_conference.asp

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