• Stay Updated
    With Janice's Blog...

Thanks For Joining Us!
If You Enjoy Our Discussion
Please Consider Subscribing!

Raise your hand if you know what Usher syndrome is. No? Probably not too many people do, but it happens to be the most common cause of hereditary deafblindness. A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting Nancy O'Donnell, the Director of Outreac...
Finding your work-life balance If you're anything like me, you're having trouble with work-life balance. Technology makes us accessible around the clock, and a pandemic leading to many of us working from home means we never go home from work. The desk, the phone, the email, ...
In Good Conscience is the story of a talented and famous actor who develops a serious illness, and in the course of his treatment is betrayed by the people he trusted. He loses the love of his life, his private information is leaked for the world to see, and he must fac...
In October of this year, University of California at Berkeley biochemist Dr. Jennifer Doudna and Dr. Emmanuelle Charpentier, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology in Berlin, won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. They were awarded the prize for their co-...
Everyone knows that October is breast cancer awareness month, and that's great. With the frequency of breast cancer diagnoses every year (about one in eight women will develop it throughout her lifetime), it is most certainly vital that we be aware and help to fund research,...
What it is Newborn screening is the practice of testing all babies in their first days of life for certain disorders and conditions, mostly genetic, that without intervention may permanently impact them and their families. This testing is required in every state, because the...
 I asked some friends recently what they'd like to read about in this blog. One of them answered that she'd like to learn about common genetic conditions like color blindness and heterochromia. Perhaps you've been wondering about these too. Color Blindness Red/green col...
For anyone who has read Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon, you know that his premise is that diversity is what unites us all. He explains that individuals from different families who have the same type of trait or condition are often more like each other than the families ...
Eating healthy, exercising, and not smoking is good for all of us. It's probably hard to find many people who don't know that. But what most people may not realize is that our family histories can be strong influences on disease risk. Common medical issues such as heart dise...
The Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders….Such as We Know Them Have you ever noticed that many things run in families? Whether it's heart disease, arthritis or red hair, it is often fairly simple to trace the lines of inheritance throughout the generations. But sometimes, clari...
It can be confusing to say that cancer is genetic but also that most of the time it is not hereditary. It is genetic in the sense that it involves our genes, but most of the time there are gene changes that occur long after we are born, that were not passed down to us by our...
Throughout the last 50 years or so, many prenatal testing options have become available, the two most common being amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS).These allow for a woman or a couple to determine certain health issues of an unborn baby. Prenatal testing wil...

LATEST BLOG POSTS

Janice Berliner
08 September 2021
Genetics
Raise your hand if you know what Usher syndrome is. No? Probably not too many people do, but it happens to be the most common cause of hereditary deafblindness. A couple of weeks ago, I had the incredible pleasure and honor of meeting Nancy O'Donnell...
Janice Berliner
14 August 2021
Personal
Finding your work-life balance If you're anything like me, you're having trouble with work-life balance. Technology makes us accessible around the clock, and a pandemic leading to many of us working from home means we never go home from work. The des...
SHOP NOW