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A position statement about predictive genetic testing among children

23 September 2019

Nursing Children and Young People

Ethical issues

Genetic testing of children to predict their future risk of illness is controversial. When parents make the decision to test their children, they deprive them of...

How genes affect the risk of developing cancer

01 July 2013

Cancer Nursing Practice

Art & Science

Genetic testing is increasingly used to analyse whether a person carries an increased risk of developing a particular cancer. This is based on the observation that...

Open AccessOC43 – Reproductive decision-making in families of children with Down syndrome

09 May 2016

Nursing Children and Young People


Theme: Ethical issues: dignity and humanity. Reproductive decision-making generally becomes much more complex in families once they have given birth to a child with...

Utility and limitations of genetic/genomic information and testing

27 November 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This is the sixth article in a series exploring genetics and genomics health care. The focus of this article is how to apply knowledge and understanding of the...

Biological basis of child health 1: understanding the cell and genetics

09 March 2020

Nursing Children and Young People

cell biology

This article is the first of a series that outlines the fundamental aspects of the biological basis of child health. Cells and genes are the basic units of life....

Implications and impact of genetic testing

01 November 2013

Cancer Nursing Practice

Art & Science

This article explores the psychosocial, ethical and legal aspects of genetic testing, and the wider implications of genetic test results. Irrespective of whether...

Early detection of inherited cardiac conditions in primary care

11 July 2018

Primary Health Care


Inherited cardiac conditions are a leading cause of sudden death in those under 40. A thorough family history taken in the primary care setting will enable early...

Understanding pharmacogenomic testing and its role in medicine prescribing

11 June 2020

Nursing Standard


When making prescribing decisions, it is important for healthcare professionals to remember that individual patients may respond differently to medicines. For...

Genetics of Huntington’s disease and special considerations for pre-symptomatic genetic testing

19 May 2021

Primary Health Care

huntington’s disease

Huntington’s disease is a fatal and progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by a shrinkage of the brain, movement abnormalities and cognitive decline. It...