Simple Genetic Test Shows Promise for Better Outcomes in Heart Stent Patients

University of Florida researchers, in a collaborative effort across the country, analyzed medical outcomes in 1,815 patients who had undergone simple, precise genetic testing at the time of their cardiac procedure for a coronary artery stent. In efforts to better prescribe individual patients, the genetic test offered insight into those patients who were unable to effectively metabolize the anti-clotting drug clopidogrel, a drug administered following such a procedure. Outcomes of the study spoke volumes:

Use and Application of Pharmacogenomics Inside Concierge Medicine

Leading the way in private medical news and a decades-old information network, Concierge Medicine Today highlights the forefront of patient care in the private sector. A most recent development from the popular resource is CMT's official statement of support for the use of pharmacogenomics, or personalized medicine, as an integral asset to individually-tailored treatment. "Concierge Medicine Physicians are the ideal delivery mechanism for...

Gene Mutations May Increase Adverse Event Risk in Older Adults Taking Multiple Meds

To further understand the potential connection between polypharmacy hospitalizations in U.S. seniors and their genes, Columbia University researchers led a small pilot study with age-matched, normal controls; the results were consistent with their hypothesis, in that those seniors with high hospitalization rates demonstrated genetic mutations that the control group did not exhibit.

How Doctors Could One Day Use Your DNA to Cure You

Eric Dishman - once cancer-stricken for 20 years - is now the head of the Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program at the National Institutes of Health, after the sequencing of his genomic data led to life-saving decisions by his doctors. "As research like this pinpoints links between genetic variation and disease, doctor's could some day look up a patient's DNA and use it to prescribe custom treatments for cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more."

An Illustrator Who Balances Art and Medicine

Have you ever heard about the profession of Medical Illustration? If not, it's understandable; Medical Illustrators comprise a niche group of individuals who fill the gap between medicine and communication of complex ideas, brought to life through visuals. Highly educated in both the life sciences and visual arts, Medical Illustrators are likely responsible for images we see often, and skillfully communicate to broad audiences the need-to-know about complicated science.