Meet Addison: fighting spirit, smiling face!

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.

A clinical geneticist applauds Angelina Jolie’s candor (Video)

Actress Angelina Jolie revealed May 13 in the New York Times that she quietly had a preventive double mastectomy after a genetic test showed she carries a mutation in the hereditary breast/ovarian cancer gene BRCA1.

Prevention is the key to fighting colon cancer March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

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.

My 2q23.1 Miracle Child!

This is a story of a remarkable child named Owen. He was born via planned C-section with no major complications at birth.

Akron Children’s well worth the long drive

Fourteen years ago I was a young mother of my first child. After an emergency c-section, Kegan was taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for respiratory problems.

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.