I found out when I was about 20 weeks pregnant that Addison had a 2-vessel umbilical cord (SUA = single umbilical artery). All of the level 2 scans and high-risk doctors said she looked perfect, but we wouldn’t know until after she was born.
While colon cancer may be the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women, caught in time, it can be a very preventable disease. During National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, held each year in March, the Genetic Center at Akron Children’s Hospital encourages adults to learn more about their risk for this disease.
Adoption, not birth, allow this mother-daughter to share a genetic bond (Photo Gallery) Geneticist and young girl have Turner syndrome
The Chinese New Year, a day to celebrate good fortune and happiness, is coming up on Feb. 10. But the holiday came early for Dr. Catherine Ward-Melver and her newly adopted daughter, Zoe, who is Chinese. Dr. Ward-Melver, a clinical geneticist in Akron Children’s Genetics Center, and her husband, Kevin, traveled to China in early December to complete the adoption and bring 3-year-old Zoe back to Akron to start their new life together. Zoe was not only given the gift of loving parents and a new home but a mother who shares a special bond. Both Dr. Ward-Melver and Zoe have Turner syndrome, a genetic condition in which a woman does not have the usual pair of two X chromosomes.