Genetic Testing

From prenatal to psychiatry, genetic testing holds the promise of personalized medicine. But our investigations have revealed an industry with oversold claims, misunderstood findings, and potential conflicts of interest.

Are genetic mental health tests causing more harm than good?

Genetic tests to identify the most effective psychiatry drugs are the hot new thing in the race to better treat conditions ranging from depression to attention deficit disorder to anxiety. But a review by NECIR has found that virtually all the evidence that these psychiatric tests work is based on limited studies funded by the companies themselves. And unlike drugs, they are not regulated by the FDA.

Live chat: What should you know about psychiatric genetic testing?

Join NECIR's Senior Investigative Reporter Beth Daley, Huffington Post Healthy Living Editor Erin Schumaker, Dr. Joseph Goldberg of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Dr. Daniel Carlat of Tufts University School of Medicine, and Dr. John Grohol of PsychCentral to learn more about this emerging industry in mental health care.

Oversold and misunderstood

Many prenatal testing companies promise more than they can deliver. They may also be prompting abortions.

To regulate or not: FDA hears arguments on medical tests

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has proposed regulation over a broad number of medical tests. But the proposal has the medical industry sharply divided.

NECIR reporter awarded $15,000 to investigate genetic tests

NECIR reporter Beth Daley’s examination into examinations of unregulated medical tests – for everything from cancer to Lyme disease to prenatal genetic defects –...

NECIR reporter Beth Daley wins investigative award from Association of Health...

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting won a first place nod for investigative reporting in the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the national Association of Health Care Journalists, Executive Director Joe Bergantino announced March 19.

NECIR wins best in business award from the Society of American...

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting took home a prize in the competitive health-care category from the Society of American Business Writers and Editors, the Society announced at their spring conference in Chicago on April 25.

Had a genetic test? We’re looking for sources.

Have you or a family member had genetic testing for the purpose of determining what medications would be most effective in treating mental illness? Would you be interested in speaking with a journalist about your experience?

NECIR wins Publick Occurrences awards for medical and debt investigations

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting has won highest honors from the New England Newspaper & Press Association for stories on faulty prenatal testing and homeowner debt. The 2015 awards, to be presented Oct. 8, will go to the Center’s science reporter, Beth Daley, and Jenifer McKim, who covers social justice issues.

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