December 28, 2020 – Some 95% of people have gene variants that may negatively affect their response to at least one drug, leading to unexpected or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) or, if unlucky, to a serious, if not fatal, adverse …

Genetics behind some serious adverse drug reactions (SADRs) Read more »

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May 07, 2020 – Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a localized enlargement of the abdominal aorta such that the diameter is greater than 3 cm or more than 50% larger than normal. AAAs usually cause no symptoms, except during rupture. Occasionally, abdominal, back, or leg …

Abdominal aortic aneurysm: Genetic scoring can identify more men at risk Read more »

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March 10, 2020 – A widespread assumption is, the people of Asian descent are more prone to serious, sometimes deadly adverse drug reactions, even when taking rather common medications prescribed for gout through to depression. In the ages of genetics …

Are Asians at higher genetic risk of serious adverse events to common medications? Read more »

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March 05, 2020 – Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a type of chronic scarring lung disease characterized by a progressive and irreversible decline in lung function. Symptoms typically include gradual onset of shortness of breath and a dry cough. Other …

Three idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)-associated genes newly identified Read more »

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February 20, 2020 – Traditional cardiovascular risk factors often assessed in an annual physical, such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, diabetes, and smoking status, may at least be as valuable in predicting who will develop coronary heart disease (CHD) as …

Heart disease prediction by traditional risk factors as good as with an exhaustive genetic test Read more »

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November 03, 2019 – Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a lethal, inherited genetic disease affecting more than 70,000 people worldwide. It is usually diagnosed in childhood and causes abnormal buildup of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive tract that leads …

In Caribbeans cystic fibrosis (CF) is driven by very rare CFTR mutations Read more »

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September 18, 2019 – This post is an edited version of parts of a paper that appeared in the Journal of Personalised Medicine (JPM) a week ago und which addresses one of the important topics in connection with the themes of …

Clinical evidence and implementation challenges for pharmacogenomic testing Read more »

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August 28, 2019 – Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy. The therapy targets immune checkpoints, key regulators of the immune system that when stimulated can dampen the immune response to an immunologic stimulus. Some cancers …

Variables of prospective response rates of PD-1/PD-L1 based therapies across cancers Read more »

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August 03, 2019 – Africa is considered the original cradle of all humanity, to which all humans can trace their genetic origin. This may be very interesting in the context of diseases that are due to genetic predispositions both in …

ZRANB3 in African Populations: New Type 2 Diabetes risk locus identified Read more »

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July 26, 2019 – “Blockchains for secure digitized medicine”. This is the title of a very interesting and important article in the Journal of Personalised Medine (JPM) as of May 28, 2019. Blockchain as an emerging technology (particularly around the hype …

The phenotype broker: Blockchain and patient phenotype Read more »

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