Courtagen Life Sciences Blog

New Spotlight Panels are Here!

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Feb 7, 2017 12:20:24 PM

We are happy to announce that we have added 17 new gene panels to our Spotlight line of tests. These new tests will expand our menu by 65%, offering new testing options in neurology, endocrinology, epilepsy, developmental delay, mitochondrial disease, and other disease areas.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Genetic Testing, Genetics, endocrinology

Genetic Testing Helps Patient Beat 10 Year Battle with Seizures

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jan 13, 2017 2:42:20 PM


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Topics: Epilepsy, Genetic Testing, Success Story

ALG13: X-Linked Gene Causes Severe Neurological Disease in Females

Posted by Stacey Wong, MS, LCGC on Nov 22, 2016 9:04:00 AM

After performing diagnostic testing on several thousand patients with seizure disorders, Courtagen's Clinical Team has described a variant in the ALG13 gene that directly causes infantile spasms, intellectual disability, and severe neurologic disease.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing

Is Cannabis a Reasonable Option for Treating Epilepsy?

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Nov 10, 2016 2:06:00 PM

Earlier this week, voters in four states (Arkansas, Florida, Montana, and North Dakota) approved legislation that made medicinal marijuana legal in their respective states. Now more than half the states have approved medical marijuana in some form. It’s fitting that this landmark was reached in the month of November, which happens to be Epilepsy Awareness month.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Genetics, Cannabis

Upcoming Webinar: The Role of Genetic Testing Panels in Clinical Practice

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jul 27, 2016 4:08:36 PM
Genetic testing has become a powerful addition to the clinician's toolbox that can be deployed to help identify a definitive diagnosis and inform patient care, especially for neurological and metabolic disorders. 
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Topics: Epilepsy, Mitochondrial Disorders, Genetic Testing, Genetics, Developmental Delay

Courtagen Featured in PBS News Hour's Medical Cannabis Story

Posted by Courtagen Staff on Jul 7, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Courtagen Life Sciences was prominently featured in Wednesday's PBS News Hour as part of their story on medical cannabis research.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Genetics, Cannabis

Quick Case: Creatine Supplementation as Treatment for Seizure Disorder

Posted by Courtagen Staff on May 16, 2016 2:48:26 PM

Ngoc Minh Le, M.D., pediatric neurologist and Medical Consultant for Courtagen Life Sciences, presents the case of a 6-year-old patient who presented with global developmental delay, seizures, GI issues, and behavioral problems. Courtagen's epiSEEK® panel revealed a mutation on the SLC6A8 gene that is consistent with Creatine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome. After being placed on high-dose creatine monohydrate, arginine, and glycine, the patient became seizure free and his GI issues improved.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing, Developmental Delay

Why Everyone with Epilepsy Should Get a Genetic Test

Posted by Mann Shoffner on May 10, 2016 1:08:00 PM

There are approximately 300,000 pediatric epilepsy cases in the US, with 45,000 newly diagnosed cases each year.  Understanding the etiology (i.e. underlying cause) of epilepsy is essential for properly treating patients.  Until recently, the etiology of epilepsy was regarded as unknown in about 75% of patients.  However, because of new developments in sequencing technologies, genetic studies are yielding new discoveries every year that are helping patients unlock the underlying cause of their disease, allowing them and their care givers to make more informed decisions about their treatment.

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Topics: Epilepsy, Seizure Disorders, Genetic Testing