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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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EMA: Public consultation open on concept paper on pharmacogenomics in evaluation of authorised medicines

January 26, 2012 – I am relaying the information below by the EMA to the readers of this blog. It might be interessting to dwell into this concept paper (as a scientist, a treating physician, or an informed patient) for informations only or even for commenting.

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 The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has released a concept paper on the development of a guideline on the evaluation of pharmacogenomic methodologies in the evaluation of authorised medicines for public consultation.

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  • Study explores cognitive function in people with mental illness January 22, 2020
    A study funded by the Veterans Administration and directed by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has shown few differences in the profiles of genes that influence cognition between people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and the general population. This surprising finding could provide new insights into therapies designed to improve cognition. […]
  • Hope for patients with a rare genetic condition linked to severe infections January 22, 2020
    A team of researchers at CHU Sainte-Justine and Université de Montréal has shed light on the mechanisms that underlie a rare genetic condition by creating the first cellular model of the disease. The study's findings were published today in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
  • Avatar worms help to identify factors that modify genetic diseases January 21, 2020
    Often, patients from the same family and carriers of the same genetic mutation, develop a disease differently. This disparity may be due to the existence of mutations in other secondary genes, which influence the onset and progression of the disease caused by the main mutation. As an example, members of a family who are carriers […]
  • Algorithm turns cancer gene discovery on its head January 21, 2020
    A method for finding genes that spur tumor growth takes advantage of machine learning algorithms to sift through reams of molecular data collected from studies of cancer cell lines, mouse models and human patients.
  • Blood test for eight gene signatures could predict onset of tuberculosis January 21, 2020
    Scientists at UCL have shown a blood test could predict the onset of tuberculosis three to six months before people become unwell, a finding which could help better target antibiotics and save countless lives.
  • Obesity embargo alert for February 2020 issue January 23, 2020
    All print, broadcast and online journalists who receive the Obesity embargo alert agree to abide by the embargo and may not publish, post, broadcast or distribute embargoed news releases or details of the embargoed studies before the embargo date and time.
  • How old are they? Some non-photosynthetic orchids consist of dead wood January 23, 2020
    A research team led by Kobe University's Associate Professor SUETSUGU Kenji (of the Graduate School of Science's Department of Biology) has investigated the carbon age in some non-photosynthetic mycoheterotrophic plants. Using the radiocarbon emitted from atmospheric nuclear bomb tests carried out in the 1950s and 1960s as a tracer, they revealed that some mycoheterotrophic orchids […]
  • Most rehabilitating sea turtles with infectious tumors don't survive January 22, 2020
    Fibropapillomatosis (FP) is the most significant infectious disease affecting sea turtle populations worldwide. FB leads to tumors on the turtles' eyes, flippers and internal organs and is widespread in warmer climates like Florida. A large-scale study evaluated tumor score, removal and regrowth in rehabilitating green sea turtles with FP in the southeastern US from 2009 […]
  • Tiny price gaps cost investors billions January 22, 2020
    New research shows that, millions of times each day, investors in the US stock market see different prices at the same moment -- and that these differing prices cost investors at least $2 billion dollars each year.
  • Kids born to moms with gestational diabetes and preeclampsia at greater risk for obesity January 22, 2020
    A study in Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics found that when a mother experiences both gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, her child has a growth trajectory that leads to an increased risk of high childhood BMI over time.
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