ELLSWORTH, Maine — A genetics counseling and referral clinic will be held between 9 a.m. and noon Saturday, Feb. 14, at Maine Coast Pediatrics, 32 Resort Way. This clinic is offered free of charge by the Center for Human Genetics in Bar Harbor, and an appointment is necessary.
People who suspect that a medical problem runs in their family, or who wonder whether a particular medical problem could be inherited, should call the center at 288-5815 at least one week ahead of time to schedule an appointment.
Participants will be asked to complete a family history questionnaire and medical release form, so that adequate medical records can be obtained before coming to the clinic. Late callers will be scheduled for the next clinic.
Family medical problems that have been brought to the attention of the clinic in the past have included many types of eye disease, diabetes, heart conditions, Marfan syndrome, hemochromatosis, breast cancer, colon cancer, chromosomal abnormalities, Factor V Leiden disease, cystic fibrosis and others.
Local health professionals taking part in the clinic include pediatrician Robert A. Beekman and geneticists Marlene Hubbard, Thomas H. Roderick, Sheena Whittaker and Susan A. Myers.
For information go to www.centerforhumangenetics.org.