Aired: May 16, 2009

To Test or Not to Test?

totestGenetic testing of our risks for disease is the latest trend in medicine. The technique offers hope for some, but also raises medical, ethical, psychological, and practical concerns for many, including whether genetic information is worth acquiring. Doris Teichler Zallen (Virginia Tech) is the author of a new book, To Test or Not To Test, a consumer guide for people thinking about genetic testing.  Also: In the United States, approximately 15 million children suffer from mental illness, and only 20 percent receive treatment.  Child Psychiatrist Aradhana Bela Sood (Virginia Commonwealth University) and Psychologist Robert Cohen (Virginia Commonwealth University) say there is a crisis in child mental health.

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