Guest blog: Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

Guest blog: Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

Heather shares her experience with IPF for PF Awareness Month

This Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month we have a guest blog from Heather, who is kindly sharing her experience with IPF to help raise awareness. IPF diagnosis I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in February, 2013. I was 43 years old. My father and grandfather both passed from IPF so I knew there was […]

Guest blog: Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation launches Hope Breathes Here

Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Hope Breathes Here Awareness Month

This guest blog from the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation marks Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month and explains the events and activities they have coordinated for September. Register now for fun and informative activities during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month Despite the pandemic, Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month this September may be the best ever from the Canadian Pulmonary […]

Guest blog: PFF presents Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month 2020

Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

In support of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month we are pleased to share a guest blog from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation explaining the theme for this year’s campaign, and how to get involved.  September marks Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month (PFAM), presented by the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). This annual awareness campaign spreads the word about pulmonary fibrosis […]

3 benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

Benefits of a 6-panel telomere test

RepeatDx offers both 2- and 6-panel tests, here we outline some of the advantages of ordering the 6-panel telomere test. What telomere length tests are available? There are a range of telomere length tests available, however, the clinical laboratory at RepeatDx conducts specialist Flow FISH telomere testing (fluorescence in situ hybridization with flow cytometry). This […]

Why do we need telomeres?

Why do we need telomeres?

Over the past 30 years we have learned a lot about telomeres, including what they are and where they are found. In this blog we will discuss why exactly we need telomeres and the important processes that they have a role in. What are telomeres made of? Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences found at the […]

3 reasons it may be helpful to order a telomere test for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Reasons telomere testing may be useful for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

There is a growing body of clinical research investigating idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and telomere biology – here we explore some reasons why ordering a telomere length test may provide useful insight when diagnosing or treating someone with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   What is idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a complex disorder characterized […]

Guest blog: Genetic Counselor Katie discusses important considerations when testing for a Telomere Biology Disorder

Katie Bergstrom, Genetic Counselor talks testing for telomere biology disorders

Katie Bergstrom, a Genetic Counselor based in Seattle, kindly shares a guest blog discussing some important considerations for both individuals and families when testing for Telomere Biology Disorders. Telomere biology disorders (TBDs) are hereditary conditions characterized by disorders related to telomere maintenance. You can learn more about TBDs in this dedicated blog. TBDs can be […]

What is telomerase?

What is telomerase?

Telomerase is an enzyme whose main function is the maintenance of telomeres. Here we examine what the purpose of telomerase is and the impact when it doesn’t work as it should. What is telomerase? Telomeres are the protective caps found at the end of our chromosomes and they act by preventing damage or fusion with […]

15 Facts about RepeatDx to Celebrate our 15th Anniversary

RepeatDx 15th anniversary

RepeatDx was established in British Columbia, Canada in May 2005. Fifteen years on, as we celebrate our anniversary, we wanted to take a moment to share some quick telomere testing facts. RepeatDx telomere testing facts Dr Peter Lansdorp developed the Flow FISH telomere testing protocol RepeatDx was established as a spin-off from his lab at […]

Why order a telomere test?

Why order a telomere test?

With research and clinical applications for telomere length measurements increasing we discuss some situations when it may be helpful for physicians or researchers to order a telomere test. There are many situations in which telomere length measurements can be helpful, both in clinical care and in research settings. For the former, telomere test results can […]