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The phenotype broker: Blockchain and patient phenotype

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 on Bitcoins) has been gaining in popularity,

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The Apomediary [Patient Expert] and Personalized Medicine: A Commentary

June 22, 2014 – The individuum (i.e., patient) is the phenotype expert on her/his individualized form of proper disease she/he is suffering from. It is not her/his treating physician, it is not a regulatory person concerned with the safety and efficacy of the medication geared towards treating her/his condition,

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Are Patients Ready?

March 31, 2018 – Are patients ready for direct-to-consumer genetic testing?  This was the very important and central question that came up in the article by Matt Smith on Medscape, published March 29, 2018.

Since thasso is all about theragenomic and personalized medicine  and individualized drug safety (i.e.

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Precision Medicine Initiative: draft guidances issued

July 9, 2016 – This is a huge step into the future of theragenomic and personalized medicine and individualized drug safety. In support of the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) just issued two draft guidances that,

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Theragenomic Medicine: Palbociclib (Ibrance) approved for postmenopausal women with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer

February 8, 2015 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted accelerated approval to Palbociclib (Ibrance) to treat advanced (metastatic) breast cancer.  The FDA granted Ibrance breakthrough therapy designation because the sponsor demonstrated through preliminary clinical evidence that the drug may offer a substantial improvement over available therapies.

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FDA Approves Crizotinib [Xalkori] with Companion Diagnostic Test for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers (NSCLC) Positive for the Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK) Gene

August 26, 2011 – Today, the  American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Crizotinib [Xalkori] to treat the patient subgroup with late-stage (locally advanced or metastatic), non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC) whos cancers express (i.e., test positive for the presence of) the abnormal anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene.

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Can We Identify Risk for Drug Toxicity?

October 10, 2013 – Very recently, David Kerr, Professor of Cancer Medicine at University of Oxford, in the United Kingdom, and past President of the European Society for Medical Oncology, talked on Medscape (see the video here) about risk-benefit analyses for novel, inventive cancer treatments. See here in italics his statement:

 When we talk about precision medicine and personalized medicine,

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FDA approves Siltuximab [Sylvant] for rare Castleman’s disease

April 23, 2014 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Sylvant (siltuximab) to treat patients with multicentric Castleman’s disease (MCD), a rare disorder similar to lymphoma (cancer of the lymph nodes).

MCD causes an abnormal overgrowth of immune cells in lymph nodes and related tissues in the body.

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India steps closer to Personalized Medicine

July 01, 2014 – As the knowledge of genetics and genomics rapidly expand, a personalized approach to health care is becoming increasingly important. India is fast becoming a promising contender in the global healthcare arena The majority of the global healthcare industry is ready to offer solutions for the masses.

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Apple plan to revolutionize mobile healthcare: Personalized medicine at the horizon on the iPhone and the likes

Apple has unveiled HealthKit, a platform to centralise data from different types of devices, like fitness trackers, heart rate and blood pressure monitors.

iphone healthLaunching iOS 8 for iPhones and iPads, which it describes as the biggest release since the launch of the App Store,

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  • Genomic adaptations to a rice-based diet mitigate the risk of obesity and diabetes September 21, 2020
    The traditional rice-based diet of some east-Asian population has brought a number of genomic adaptations that may contribute to mitigating the spread of diabetes and obesity. An international study led by the University of Bologna and published in the journal Evolutionary Applications has recently suggested this interesting hypothesis. Researchers analyzed and compared the genomes of […]
  • Researchers identify genetic factors associated with hand-foot syndrome in chemotherapy with capecitabine September 21, 2020
    Capecitabine is a chemotherapy drug used for breast and colorectal cancer. It can extend survival rate by nearly 10%. However, recent studies revealed that almost 50% of patients develop palmar-plantar erythrodysesthesia, a skin reaction also called hand-foot syndrome with mild to serious symptoms. Up to 17% of these patients can have a burning pain in […]
  • Gene therapy corrects the cardiac effects of Friedreich's ataxia September 18, 2020
    Gene therapy was successfully used to overcome the cardiac effects of Freidreich's ataxia (FA) in a mouse model of the disease, as reported in the peer-reviewed journal Human Gene Therapy.
  • Algorithms uncover cancers' hidden genetic losses and gains September 17, 2020
    Understanding the specific mutations that contribute to different forms of cancer is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment. But limitations in DNA sequencing technology make it difficult to detect some major mutations often linked to cancer, such as the loss or duplication of parts of chromosomes.
  • Researcher finds keys to control the 'driver of cancer's aggressiveness' September 17, 2020
    'Do not erase.' 'Recycle me.' 'Free to a good home.' Humans post these signs to indicate whether something has value or not, whether it should be disposed of or not. Inside our cells, a sophisticated recycling system uses its own enzymatic signs to flag certain cells for destruction—and a different set of enzymes can remove […]
  • Awareness of COVID-19 in severe dementia patients September 21, 2020
    Tokyo, September 21, 2020- The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has substantially affected patients with dementia and their caregivers.
  • Cleveland Clinic study finds no link between influenza vaccine and COVID-19 risk September 21, 2020
    Using patient data from Cleveland Clinic's COVID-19 registry, Dr. Joe Zein found that receiving the flu vaccine does not increase risk for COVID-19 or worsen associated disease outcomes, suggesting it is safe and advisable to receive the influenza vaccine this flu season.
  • Bio-based inhibition of gas hydrate formation September 21, 2020
    Copper stearate was used as the basis for this catalyst test and showed efficiency for in-situ oil combustion.
  • Biodiversity hypothesis called into question September 21, 2020
    How can we explain the fact that no single species predominates? A generally accepted hypothesis is that a trade-off exists between organisms able to acquire and consume more food than other when resources are scarce, and organisms which rapidly consume large quantities of food when they are in abundance. However, when scientists from the University […]
  • A faster and more reliable method to categorize olive oil is validated September 21, 2020
    Classifying olive oils into the categories of extra virgin (EVOO), virgin (VOO) and lampante (LOO) is still quite a challenge to deal with since the official method includes physical-chemical and sensory analyses by means of a panel of tasters. These tasters need to be specialized, and on many occasions are not available, in addition to […]
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