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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing kits are popular holiday gifts. But they come with privacy risks and can lead to unwelcome surprises. In this Consumer Reports article, CBSSM's Scott Roberts discusses some of the risks and concerns related to DTC genetic testing.


Reshma Jagsi, was among the women leaders in oncology who discussed their experiences of gender bias in the use of professional titles in The Cancer Letter. A study led by Narjust Duma found that women speakers were addressed less often by their professional titles and men were less likely to use professional titles when introducing women.

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When the state of Michigan expanded its Medicaid program to provide health coverage to more low-income residents, its leaders built special features into the plan, different from most states. They wanted to encourage enrollees to understand their individual health risks, and incentivize them to prevent future health problems, or find them early. According to two new studies, that effort has paid off.

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One in three adults treated for cancer may experience side effects from treatment they wish they had known more about, according to a new survey published today in the Journal of Oncology Practice. The national survey of more than 400 U.S. adults, which was sponsored by the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), also found that nine in 10 patients felt they made the right treatment decision despite the desire for more information about treatment side effects. CBSSM's Director, Reshma Jagsi was senior author.