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Scripps Center for Executive Health Now Offers Genetic Testing
Date:7/7/2010

The Scripps Center for Executive Health is one of an elite few executive health programs in the country to now offer its patients genetic risk analysis testing. In keeping with its mission of providing preventive healthcare strategies for its clients, this newly added service helps patients personalize their prevention strategies according to their genetic risks.

La Jolla, CA (Vocus) July 7, 2010 -- The Scripps Center for Executive Health is one of an elite few executive health programs in the country to now offer its patients genetic risk analysis testing. In keeping with its mission of providing preventive healthcare strategies for its clients, this newly added service helps patients personalize their prevention strategies according to their genetic risks.

Using genetic analysis services offered through Navigenics®, patients can receive a confidential, in-depth summary of their genetic predisposition for a variety of important health conditions, as well as personalized information on which medications work best for them.

“Through DNA risk analysis testing, the physicians at Scripps Center for Executive Health will be able to provide guidance regarding particular disease susceptibility for their patients, help with actionable steps of prevention and fine-tune certain medications and optimal dosage,” says Eric J. Topol, MD, chief academic officer of Scripps Health and director of Scripps Translational Science Institute.

Using a simple saliva test, the genetic risk analysis looks at variations in patients' DNA and provides information about their genetic predisposition for a variety of important health conditions, such as breast cancer, colon cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Patients are also offered unlimited access to genetic experts – Navigenics board-certified genetic counselors that can help patients understand their results and what to focus on with their personal physicians so they can take action.

The genetic risk analysis test is offered for an additional fee as an adjunct to the Scripps Center for Executive Health’s WholePerson™ exam. For more than 25 years, Scripps Center for Executive has provided comprehensive medical evaluations and personalized preventative strategies to meet the needs of busy individuals. Its multidisciplinary team of world class Scripps physicians and degreed lifestyle specialists provide individually tailored physicals and testing in a convenient one-day period, all delivered in a spa-like setting. More information can be found at www.executivehealth.org.

ABOUT SCRIPPS HEALTH
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2.2 billion, private not-for-profit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps treats a half-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,500 affiliated physicians and 13,000 employees among its five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and ambulatory care network of physician offices and 19 outpatient centers and clinics. More information can be found at www.scripps.org.

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