Frequently Asked Questions
Our bodies are made of trillions of cells. Inside each of those cells are chromosomes, and humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes. One chromosome of each pair comes from the mother (egg) and the other chromosome comes from the father (sperm). Each chromosome is composed of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). A simple analogy is that a person’s DNA serves as a blueprint for all of the information that makes us who we are. The DNA itself is organized into specific segments called genes, which encode proteins needed for the body to grow and function. The specific coding within the genes is composed through the use of only four specific DNA bases: A, T, G, and C.
No, some changes in DNA are normal variations between humans, which do not cause disease. These types of changes are called benign variants. Alternatively, some changes in the DNA can lead to damaged or faulty genes, which in turn can disrupt the function of the proteins normally encoded by the DNA. These changes are called deleterious or pathogenic mutations.
RxPredict’s genetic reports are accurate. RxPredict Partner Genomics laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), accredited in accordance with the U.S Health and Human Services’ Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), thereby assuring you of high-quality results. This allows RxPredict to exercise full control over the research, testing, pricing and security.
No, your genetic report is your own personal information. You are not required by law to notify or share this information with anyone. You may find it beneficial to share this information with your doctor or with other family members, but this decision is completely up to you.
To protect individuals who undergo genetic testing from discrimination by insurance companies and employers, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) was established in 2008. The act applies to health insurance, but does not apply to life, disability, or long-term care insurance. Although this act protects most individuals, those who work for small companies as well as military personnel may not be protected. Please visit www.genome.gov/10002328 for more information.
Although some health insurance companies and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) may cover this type of service, the exact policies and what they cover vary greatly. You should contact your own health insurance company or plan administrator to find out if your policy covers RxPredict’s genetic testing services.
MyRxDIET® is a genetic nutrition and exercise profile that tells you how you may react to specific types of food and exercise, and provides insights into how your body may process sugars, fats, nutrients and vitamins. RxPredict provides a personalized report that has powerful information and recommendations – all aimed at helping you optimize your health.
The MyRxDIET® report provides you with data that may help you lose weight or maintain weight loss. With actionable recommendations included with your results, and pre and post test access to our genetic counselors and dietitians, you will have a foundation for change, as opposed to traditional lab results that don’t provide you with any next steps.
The MyRxDIET® test recommends a diet type that is based on your genetic makeup. In addition to the report, RxPredict provides complimentary diet plans specifically dependent on a patient’s genetic profile to assist in weight management. The diet plans were written by registered dietitians. Consultations with a registered dietitian are also available free of charge to discuss the recommended diet plan.
RxPredict also offer an annual subscription based Interactive Meal Planning and Grocery List Generation, Shopping & Delivery Service.
A sample report that show the traits that are rated in the report is available on our www.myrxgenes.com website under “What to Eat”.
MyRxDIET® can be ordered by a customer online @ www.myrxgenes.com by clicking on the ORDER NOW button, or by email at info@RxPredict.com. Upon ordering, a buccal swab collection kit along with instruction on collecting a DNA sample and a paid, self-addressed return envelope is mailed to the customer. After the customer ships the DNA sample back to our laboratory and registers the kit online at https://dna.rxpredict.com/register, the DNA sample is processed by our partner lab. The customer is informed via email when their MyRxDIET® report is ready and can be accessed at https://dna.rxpredict.com/access.
RxPredict now has a mobile app that allows existing patients to match their meals and food preferences to their genetic results on mobile devices, such as smart phone and tablets. Our new mobile app allows existing and new customers to import the results of the genetic tests automatically and is available for sign-up at: https://rxpredict.eatthismuch.
RxPredict’s mobile app contains a number of different features and functions including a variety of user selections on meal types e.g. Keto, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan etc., food sensitivities, exclusions, cost & meal prep time considerations and choice of food retailers in each zip code to generate grocery lists, order and get deliveries of groceries.
After the genetic testing is complete, your saliva or blood sample is destroyed after sixty (60) days by incineration in a secure manner to protect your privacy. Any of your DNA that we have extracted from your saliva that has not been used for testing is stored in our DNA Lockbox™. We keep your DNA extract for the retention time required by federal and state regulations and in accordance with RxPredict’s standard operating procedures.
We encrypt data at rest and in motion. Access to your personal information is controlled by role-based access controls that were built around the HIPAA “Minimum Necessary” rule. That is, when using or sharing data with authorized personnel, we only transmit what is required for the recipient rather than giving them access to all of the data. In addition to encryption and access controls, we log all access “who did what” and keep these logs at an MSSP (Managed Security Services Provider) for real-time analysis.