Gaucher Disease

Gaucher Disease

Understanding each condition covered within the Baby Genes panel helps our customers recognize the importance of early detection and diagnostics through genetic testing. Gaucher disease is not included in most states’ newborn screening programs, but it is essential to...
Baby Genes in The NICU

Baby Genes in The NICU

As we enter into Prematurity Awareness month, we would like to take the opportunity to discuss preterm births and the role of Baby Genes within the NICU.   Let’s begin with a few prematurity statistics:   1 in 10 infants in the United States are premature...
Learning About Pompe Disease

Learning About Pompe Disease

In light of International Pompe Day 2015, we would like to explore Pompe disease, its causes, treatments and the significance of early detection. By raising awareness, we can help parents protect their children from the harmful effects of this disease!   What is Pompe...
A Little Extra TLC: Baby Genes in the NICU

A Little Extra TLC: Baby Genes in the NICU

As March of Dimes fundraisers and walks begin across the country, we would like to take time to discuss preterm (“preemie”) babies and other infants requiring a stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Due to their early arrival, newborn screening (NBS) can be...
The Story Behind the Heel Poke

The Story Behind the Heel Poke

Childbirth is a whirlwind experience. Doctors and nurses and family and friends and paperwork and questions and and and… So many events take place in such a short time period that even as the parent you may not fully see and understand what is going on around you. One...
Grateful for Today…Hopeful for Tomorrow

Grateful for Today…Hopeful for Tomorrow

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life…Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”  -Melodie Beattie As we celebrate the holidays, it is a great time to reflect on all of the things in life for which we can be...
Genetics 101: The Building Blocks of Life

Genetics 101: The Building Blocks of Life

Oh man, when was the last time you studied genetics? High school? Maybe college? And how many find the world of genetics to be overwhelming and slightly confusing? Don’t worry… we are here to help! Let’s start with the basics… CELL–> DNA–>...
Just a Statistic…Until It’s Your 1 of 1

Just a Statistic…Until It’s Your 1 of 1

Meet Kennedy! Kennedy is a brave little girl who just underwent a liver transplant at the young age of three on November 11, 2014. The eight-hour procedure was necessary due to a very rare metabolic disease called S-adenosylhomocysteine hydrolase deficiency; a disease...