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

Angelina Jolie. Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore

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.

Akron Children’s well worth the long drive

Kegan, Braxton and Neviene.

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.

What is the multiple marker test?


Between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy, expectant mothers usually are offered a blood test called the multiple marker test.

Sometimes called a triple screen or a quad screen, depending on the number of things measured, it also might be done in combination with blood tests and an ultrasound in the first trimester.

Multivitamins: A Good Habit that Can Change Lives

Taking a multivitamin every day will help prevent certain birth defects.

As a genetic counselor, one of my roles is to educate women about how to prepare their bodies for a pregnancy with the hope of reducing their chances for birth defects. Taking a multivitamin every day is one positive habit that every woman can develop that could literally change lives.

Meet the Pollocks

Megs and Randy Pollock

Hello, we are the Pollock family. Currently our family consists of Randy, Megan (me), our dog Sasha, and baby peanut. We will be married 7 years in August. Sasha is a 4 ½ year old yorkie shitzu mix who enjoys long walks, sitting in the sunshine, visits from the neighbors, and snuggling up next to […]