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Opinion: Genome sequencing can lead to life-changing care for infants. California should make it more available

Innovative medical technology is constantly being developed, and with it comes the possibility for incredible breakthroughs in modern medicine. California has never seen scientific advancements within closer reach than they are today. For critically ill infants hospitalized with unexplained rare diseases, the opportunity to benefit from a medical miracle has arrived.

AdventHealth diagnoses severely underweight baby with rare allergy using genomic testing

A Central Florida family is thanking AdventHealth and genomic testing for a life-saving diagnosis that saved their baby boy.

Six months ago, when Michael Ferrara-Urban was three-months-old, he was admitted to AdventHealth for Children (AHFC) for “failure to thrive.”

Last April, AHFC partnered with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine in San Diego to bring the quickest turnaround for genomic test results in the country, to Central Florida for the first time.

Global Genes forges rare-disease support network partnership

Global Genes will work with Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM) to develop a support network designed to help patients and families dealing with gene-based rare diseases. The collaboration aims to help shorten the path to accurate diagnoses, and reduce the gap in service and support for such diseases.

Inside Our Child’s Battle With Mitochondrial Disease

“Despite a beautiful pregnancy and delivery with every prenatal screening and precaution taken, Evan was born with mitochondrial disease.” Lindzi Scharf shares a personal essay on about her family’s diagnostic odyssey and how RCIGM offered a break-through diagnosis and, just as importantly, a personal touch.

Plan Will Cover Whole Genome Sequencing for Ill Children

Blue Shield of California has agreed to cover rapid and ultra-rapid whole genome sequencing for critically ill infants and children in intensive care who have unexplained medical conditions.

The agreement — which will use testing at Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine, a center of excellence in genetic testing — likely will spur additional insurers to add coverage for this diagnostic technology, observers say

Rady Lands $2 Million Pilot that Could Bring High-End Genetic Diagnosis to Kids on Medi-Cal

Daily vitamin doses were all that 11-month-old Maverick Coltrin needed to end the deadly seizures that arrived shortly after his birth.

But that simple solution materialized only after quick-turnaround genetic sequencing helped doctors at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego find the correct diagnosis fast enough to make a difference for the rapidly-deteriorating infant.