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Should We, Maybe, Dial Back Personalized Medicine?

Posted on Thu, Jun 25, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

The short answer to our provocative headline is no. But two other recent headlines got us pondering the question. Yesterday, the New York Times, and on Monday, the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) published, respectively,  a story and an opinion piece on the potential downsides to medicine that is aimed at specific genetic profiles.

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Tags: clinical trials, personalized medicine, genetic testing, precision medicine

Precision Medicine and the Placebo Effect

Posted on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

If you’ve been watching the AMC series “Better Call Saul” then you know that Chuck McGill — the older brother of protagonist Jimmy McGill — suffers from a mysterious, and little-understood collection of symptoms described as electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS). EHS sufferers report symptoms ranging from headaches to rashes to burning sensations when they are exposed to electromagnetic fields, such as those associated with cell phones. 

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Tags: clinical trials, precision medicine, placebo effect

Mighty Mouse: Rodent Avatars Push Personalized Medicine Forward

Posted on Thu, Apr 09, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Personalized medicine is getting a lot of attention these days. In January, President Obama announced that his 2016 budget includes a $215 million investment in precision medicine.

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Tags: cancer, personalized medicine, precision medicine

Like My Genome? Facebook, Genetics, and You

Posted on Thu, Apr 02, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

You might remember that back in 2007 and 2008, no publication felt quite right unless it included at least one trend piece about the trendiest scientific and social development of the time: the spit party. Back then, companies like 23andMe were brand new and for less than $500, you could delve into your ancestral genetics, plus get a peek at your genetically encoded health risks and predispositions. After buying a kit online, you would spit into a receptacle, mail it to a lab, and have your results returned in a few weeks. 

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Tags: precision medicine, social media, 23andMe, consent management, Genes for Good

Simple Z-Score Tricks for Big Data in Health Care and Life Sciences

Posted on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 01:43 PM

This is the first in a series of blog posts that will dive more deeply into the nuts and bolts of Data Science. Today we will talk a bit about statistics, but we will be talking tools, visualization strategies, and data representation in the context of specific problems.

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Tags: precision medicine, biobanking, Big Data, Data Science, Z-Scores

4 Steps for Precision Medicine to Drive Precision Spending

Posted on Tue, Nov 19, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

From basic research and discovery activities through clinical trial evaluations, the standard collection, processing, storage, and tracking of biospecimens is vital. Genomics, particularly in the context of companion diagnostics, is a key driver for more and better quality biospecimens.

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Tags: Biobank, precision medicine

4 Critical Steps for Biobanking on the Path to Precision Medicine

Posted on Tue, Oct 08, 2013 @ 06:00 AM

Precision medicine is upon us and it is more than the simple use of information to create drugs and diagnostics that are unique to a single patient. Precision Medicine identifies patients who are more susceptible to certain diseases, who will respond to treatments differently and whose diseases or conditions may progress on a different course than others in the general population.

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Tags: genomic data, biobanking, precision medicine

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