Karen Albiez Brooks

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All 565 full members of the National Society of Genetic Counselors were surveyed in September 1989 to assess their attitudes toward a potential doctoral degree in genetic counseling. The usable return rate was 59.6% (337/565) of the full membership. One hundred eighty (54.4%) respondents indicated a need for a doctoral degree in genetic counseling, 101(More)
Molecular screening for BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations is now an established component of risk evaluation and management of familial breast cancer. Features of hereditary breast cancer include an early age-of-onset and over-representation of the 'triple-negative' phenotype (negative for estrogen-receptor, progesterone-receptor and HER2). The decision to offer(More)
A total of 764 fresh clinical isolates were used to test a rapid method for determining lysine, arginine, and ornithine decarboxylase activity as well as arginine dihydrolase activity. The conventional Møller decarboxylase broth was tested in parallel with the rapid method on 234 Enterobacteriaceae and 140 non-fermentative Gram-negative rods. The 0.3% agar(More)
Six regions for prostate cancer genes have been identified, and it is anticipated that prostate cancer susceptibility testing will be available in the future. This correlational study identified predictors for interest in prostate cancer susceptibility testing among African American men. Participants were 320 African American men from the African American(More)
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from 250 strains of aerobic, nonfermentative, gram-negative coccobacilli and rods were tested for the ability to transform a stable competent auxotroph of Acinetobacter (strain trp E 27) to prototrophy by using the method established by Juni. Several modifications of Juni's original procedure were made to adapt it for use in a(More)
The availability of presymptomatic and predisposition genetic testing has spawned the need for legislation prohibiting health insurance discrimination on the basis of genetic information. The federal effort, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, falls short by protecting only those who access insurance through group plans.(More)
In order to determine the incidence of familial and hereditary ovarian cancer in a referral patient population, we conducted a retrospective study of 44 patients from a consecutive set of 62 patients treated for ovarian carcinoma at the Gynecologic Oncology Clinic at the Richland Memorial Hospital Center for Cancer Treatment and Research between January 1,(More)