Arcadia University News


October 22, 2010

Ahimaz Study: Genetic Counseling Would Benefit Parkinson Disease Caregivers

A study "illustrates the benefits of a healthcare service, such as genetic counseling, that focuses on education, referrals and psychological assessment for both (Parkinson Disease) patient and family caregiver," according to a poster presentation abstract by Priyanka Ahimaz , an Arcadia University...

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October 22, 2010

Leighton: Public May Misinterpret Genetic Test Results for Cancer, Heart Disease

"Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing allows consumers to discover their risk for developing common complex disorders without involving a medical professional. Consumers may not understand test results, leading to negative consequences including unnecessary concern, false reassurance, or...

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October 22, 2010

Forgeng: Comprehensive Information on Pharmacogenomics Needed

"Last year 353,318 people in the United States alone suffered from adverse drug reactions, of which 106,000 were fatal. Pharmacogenomics utilizes personal genetic information so that medication selection and dosage can be optimized to decrease toxicity and thereby increase treatment efficacy. As...

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October 22, 2010

Rainey: Genetic Counseling May Assist Women with Negative Breast Cancer Test

"Women from families with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) generally receive support services to assist with cancer surveillance and/or risk reduction following the receipt of a positive BRCA1/2 test result. In contrast, women who test negative for the identified family mutation (true...

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October 22, 2010

Seyer Investigates Development of Doctoral Degree in Genetic Counseling

"Discussion of a doctoral degree for the field of genetic counseling first began in the 1980s, just ten years after the inception of the field. Since then, several studies have shown that there is interest in an advanced degree, although all studies have focused specifically on a research oriented...

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October 19, 2010

Tartaglia Joins Medical Science Faculty

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 This fall, Alison Tartaglia , MSPH, CHES, TTS, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medical Science and Community Health, joined the Arcadia faculty. She currently is teaching Social Determinants of Health and Disease (PBH501) and Public Health Internship (PBH689) in addition to...

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October 8, 2010

Valverde Heralds House Passage of Genetic Counseling Licensure

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 “This is a very big step for our profession,” says Kathleen Valverde , Director of Arcadia’s M.S. in Genetic Counseling, of the two licensure bills passed by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives on Oct. 5. “The most important benefit of passing licensure is that the...

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August 10, 2010

Alum Becomes a Professor in Arcadia's PA Program

By Sarah R. Schwartz ’10 Former Arcadia Physician Assistant student Diana Noller ’05 , M.M.S., PA-C, Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator, now teaches in the program that gave her a quality education and allows her to exceed her patients’ expectations. “I continually work on becoming a...

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January 29, 2010

Physician Assistant Alum Joins Maine Health Center

The Lincoln County (Maine) News reports that Alison Welsh , PA-C is joining Sheepscot Valley Health Center in Coopers Mills in February. Welsh is a graduate of the Master of Medical Science, Physician Assistant program at Arcadia University. Welsh is board certified by the National Commission on...

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January 29, 2010

Crivelli-Kovach, Lenstrom Discuss Breastfeeding at Conference

Two Arcadians made presentations on breastfeeding practices and education at the American Public Health Association’s 13 th annual meeting and expo, held Nov. 7 to 11 in Philadelphia. Dr. Andrea Crivelli-Kovach , Associate Professor and Director of Community Health, discussed “ Evaluation of...

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