Genes, Genome and Neurogenomics
Genes are made of deoxyribose nucleic acid or DNA, the internal instructions for development, growth and function. Variations in genes may change the way we look, develop and function. The complete set or total of these instructions is called the genome.
Gathering information about our genome contributes to personalized diagnostic and treatment services.
Neurogenomics is the study of how the genome as a whole contributes to the development, structure and function of the nervous system. Our nervous system is the complex network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of our bodies.
Testing our genes can help patients and healthcare professionals gain more information about neurological, neurobehavioral, neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral disorders.
Genetic testing can:
- Identify or confirm a diagnosis, or uncover a biological cause for a disorder
- Provide information about specific medications, supplements, dietary changes, or other interventions that could be useful
- Uncover genetic risk factors, allowing for earlier interventions
- Help families understand the genetic risks for their children and other family members
- Suggest other diagnostic tests that might help in diagnosis or treatment
Testing Benefits for Many People
Almost anyone can benefit from genetic testing. It helps for people with established diagnoses and for those with unexplained or poorly treated neurological, neurobehavioral or related signs and symptoms.
Genetics is a rapidly changing field. Therefore, it is important to review and reanalyze genetic test results for those who have been previously tested. Consider it for those with recent test results who may want more in depth results.
Testing is important for many people and is a general standard of care for many, including individuals diagnosed with:
Our Approach to Genetic Testing
At NeurAbilities Healthcare, we go beyond the standard reports issued by genetic laboratories that may be non-specific and confusing.
We provide consultations for healthcare providers with our experts, to review and analyze genetic findings:
- Review clinical history, symptoms, etc., and determine if findings are actionable
- Advise the appropriate next steps for genetic testing
- Assist with the ongoing management of complex genetic findings
Remote teleconferences for healthcare providers to meet and review genetic testing results can be scheduled. The clinical history and significant genetic findings will be reviewed, including potentially effective treatments, other diagnostic tests to consider, how test results might alter differential diagnoses, and other important translational information.
NeurAbilities Healthcare will take the raw DNA sequencing data files and utilize a proprietary bioinformatics program to identify potentially significant genetic variants. We will analyze these variants and classify them based on various pathological characteristics and clinical relevance.
Please call us at 856-346-0005 for more information.
We may be able to provide a telemedicine consult directly with patients. This is a service that is available in select states, to explain more than the typical standard report.
Please call us at 856-346-0005 if you have questions or need more information.
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