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Women urged to meet with a genetic counselor before BRCA genetic test

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended that only a limited number of women should receive genetic testing to see if they are at increased risk of breast cancer.

This announcement comes on the heels of heightened interest in genetic testing after actress Angelina Jolie's announcement last May that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy because she carried an abnormal BRCA1 gene.

Setting realistic New Year's resolutions

Laura Sunn, MD

By now, many of us have resolved to make 2014 better than 2013 by making lifestyle changes. We promise to lose 20 pounds, cook more meals at home and organize every room in the house… And those are just a few! While it’s great to make changes in your behavior to improve your sense of well-being, sometimes resolutions can be too much to tackle.

The importance of folic acid in your diet

CTCA

This week is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. So what is it about this B vitamin that makes it worthy of national recognition?

Most of us know that folic acid, called folate in its natural form, is important for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy. The National Council on Folic Acid reports that folic acid can prevent 50-70 percent of some serious birth defects of the brain and spine (neural tube defects), such as spina bifida.

New Year's advice for anyone newly diagnosed with cancer

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The New Year is a time when many of us refocus. We look back on the passing year and resolve to change some aspect of our lives for the better. But how does having cancer—or having a loved one who has cancer—impact how we approach the New Year? Lori Kovell, LSW, Mind-Body Therapist at our hospital in Philadelphia shares her thoughts on how those newly diagnosed can approach the New Year in a positive way.

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