Navigation Links
Parents of babies with sickle cell trait are less likely to receive genetic counseling, study says

Ann Arbor, Mich. Parents of newborns with the sickle cell anemia trait were less likely to receive genetic counseling than parents whose babies are cystic fibrosis carriers, a new study from the University of Michigan shows.

University of Michigan researchers found that 20 percent of physicians reported their patients with newborns carrying the sickle cell trait did not get any genetic counseling. In contrast, parents of babies who were cystic fibrosis carriers received more counseling overall (92 percent vs. 80 percent).

The research was published online in the August issue of the Journal of Genetic Counseling.

"Sickle cell anemia is much more common in African Americans and cystic fibrosis is more common in non-Hispanic Whites," says Kathryn L. Moseley, assistant professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

"Being a sickle cell carrier conveys some increased health risks, including sudden death and increased risk of severe dehydration in certain environments, but a cystic fibrosis carrier has no additional health risks," says Moseley, M.D., M.P.H. who was lead author on the study and is an investigator in U-M's Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit.

"Logically, then, one would think that parents of newborns with sickle cell trait would receive genetic counseling at least as much if not more than parents of newborn carriers of cystic fibrosis. Our study shows the opposite."

Moseley says this is believed to be the first study to ask primary care physicians about their office practices in this area. National guidelines recommend genetic counseling for parents of newborns with either the sickle cell trait or carriers of cystic fibrosis.

Between 2000 and 2009, seven student athletes with the sickle cell trait died suddenly. Those deaths led the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Athletic Trainers Association to issue guidelines that recommend sickle cell testing for all athletes and modification to conditioning programs for athletes with sickle cell anemia.

"Even though most children with the sickle cell trait remain healthy, all are at risk for complications under specific conditions. Parents should be aware of the potential risks and genetic counseling could provide that information," says Moseley.

This health disparity needs further investigation, Moseley says.

"Are physicians aware of the risks to individuals with the sickle cell trait, or are they minimizing them? Better methods are needed to inform the parents and physicians about the rare, but real risks to individuals with sickle cell anemia," she says.

Contact: Mary F. Masson
University of Michigan Health System

Related medicine news :

1. Childrens health, access to care differ by parents immigrant status
2. Parents skin cancer concern doesnt keep kids inside
3. Parents and readers beware of stereotypes in young adult literature
4. Divorced parents in hostile relationships use technology to sabotage communication, MU study finds
5. Teens Benefit by Spending More Time With Parents
6. Vaccinations Belong on Parents Back-to-School Checklists
7. Most Parents Think Social Media Not a Bad Thing: Survey
8. With Very Sick Infants, Doctors and Parents Often Miscommunicate
9. Parents Religious Beliefs Can Complicate Kids End-of-Life Care
10. Parents Can Adapt, Thrive After Empty Nest
11. Parents Spank, Slap Kids in Public More Often Than Thought
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... On November 10, 2015, ... District Court of Connecticut on behalf of a home health care worker who provided ... or former home health care workers employed by Humana, Inc., Humana at Home, Inc., ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... Lakeview Health, a Jacksonville-based drug and ... sobriety and show through pictures what a positive difference it makes. The social ... the hashtag #FacesOfGratitude on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. Short stories ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Boca Raton, Florida (PRWEB) , ... November 25, ... ... on-site diagnostic testing for physicians and athletic programs, launches new Wimbledon Athletics ... the importance of testing young athletes for unsuspected cardiac abnormalities. About 2,000 people ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 25, 2015 , ... Smiles ... of TMJ Disorder, Bruxism, and moderate facial wrinkling. While many patients are aware of ... of the great success Botox® delivers to those suffering with discomfort, soreness, and pain ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... November 25, 2015 , ... Brillianteen, McGaw YMCA’s student-produced musical ... its 65th Anniversary Brillianteen Revue, scheduled for March 4-6, 2016. Auditions for this ... Brillianteen has been a treasured tradition for numerous families in the Evanston community. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)...  Henry Schein, Inc., the world,s largest provider of ... and animal health practitioners, will unveil at the Greater ... ConnectDental® Pavilion , which brings together for the first ... to help any practice or laboratory enter the digital ... schedule of experts appearing at the Pavilion. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... Nov. 25, 2015 Allergan plc (NYSE: ... and Rugen Therapeutics, a start-up  biotechnology company focused ... CNS disorders and funded by the F-Prime Biomedical ... entered into an exclusive collaboration to support the ... Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Obsessive Compulsive disorders (OCD). ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... China , Nov. 25, 2015 ... the "Company") (NYSE: MR ), ... of medical devices worldwide, today announced ... annual general meeting of shareholders at ... 11/F, Grand Century, 193 Prince Edward West ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: