College of Allied Health Professions

World Down Syndrome Day – 3/21

By Rachel Horstmeyer and Angela Vito | Genetic Counseling students Many of us have heard of Down syndrome before or met an individual with this condition, but if you were asked to explain Down syndrome to a colleague, would you know what to say? World Down Syndrome Day is quickly approaching on March 21st, so now is the perfect time to learn more! Down syndrome… Continue Reading

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

by Rose Bishop and Ashlynn Larsen, UNMC genetic counseling students According to the American Cancer Society, it is estimated that 151,030 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year in the United States. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer; 1 in 23 men and 1 and 25 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer in their lifetime. March is National Colorectal Cancer… Continue Reading

300 million strong — but still rare?

Rare diseases. An estimated 25-30 million people in the US, and 300 million people globally are living with a rare disease. There are around 7,000 rare diseases currently identified, each affecting fewer than 200,000 people individually, but almost 1 in 10 Americans in total. The Dr. Edwin G. & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center at UNMC will “Light Up for Rare!” on February 28, Rare… Continue Reading