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Could DNA testing help the most seriously affected Covid-19 patients?

April 28, 2020 – Coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province,

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

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 a sophisticated genetic test that surveys millions of different points in DNA,

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Clinical evidence and implementation challenges for pharmacogenomic testing

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 personalised medicine,

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Combined hormonal contraception: Is there an unacceptable health risk?

January 15, 2019 – The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies combined hormonal contraception as an unacceptable health risk in the presence of a known thrombogenic mutation but advises against routine thrombophilia genetic testing before initiating combined oral contraceptives (COC’s) on the grounds of high screening costs and low prevalence.

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Is genetic testing of value for ALS patients?

January 19, 2018 – Patients suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) find value in genetic testing for the disease, whether or not they have a family history of the condition, according to findings from a survey conducted by U.S. researchers, just published in the November 2017 issue of Molecular Genetics &

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Genetics Startup 23andMe takes Step on Path to FDA Approval

June 25, 2014 -The genetics startup 23andMe said on Friday it is one step closer to resuming sales of its full-fledged health product, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration accepting its first health report for review.

The home genetics company said in a blog post that the FDA will begin evaluating the company’s submission for a 510(k) application,

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FDA Drug Safety Communication: Reduced effectiveness of Clopidogrel [Plavix] in patients who are poor metabolizers (i.e. carriers of selected CYP2C19 allelic variants) of the drug

March 17, 2010 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a Boxed Warning to the label for Clopidogrel [Plavix], the anti-blood clotting medication. The Boxed Warning is about patients who do not effectively metabolize the drug (i.e. “poor metabolizers”, see below) and therefore may not receive the full benefits of the drug.

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  • Ultrapotent antibody mix blocks COVID-19 virus attachment September 25, 2020
    A mix of ultrapotent antibodies from recovered COVID-19 patients has been shown to recognize and lock down the infection machinery of the pandemic coronavirus and keep it from entering cells. Each of the antibody types performs these overlapping tasks slightly differently. A low-dose of the antibodies protected against infection in animal studies.
  • Low level alcohol use during pregnancy can impact child's brain development September 25, 2020
    A new study finds any alcohol use during pregnancy, even low levels, is associated with subtle, yet significant behavioural and psychological effects in children including anxiety, depression and poor attention.
  • An app monitors cancer patients' health status and rewards participation September 25, 2020
    Gamification is becoming increasingly common in educational settings, but can also be used in other fields such as health. Researchers at the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza have developed the Close2U application, which enables healthcare staff to monitor cancer patients' mood and physical discomfort using daily questionnaires. In return for the […]
  • An area of the brain where tumor cells shelter from chemotherapy in childhood leukaemia September 25, 2020
    Sometimes, the central nervous system harbours tumour cells that elude treatment and thus become one of the main sources of relapse. Research led by the Complutense University of Madrid has identified one of these locations in which the cells remain protected: the stroma of the choroid plexus, a structure in the brain ventricles responsible for […]
  • Trends in treatment, survival among women with advanced ovarian cancer September 25, 2020
    This observational study examined survival rates and the use of chemotherapy before surgery among women with advanced-stage epithelial ovarian cancer in the United States from 2004 to 2016.
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