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Pharmacogenomics: The Future Of Prescribing?

Pharmacogenomics: The Future Of Prescribing?

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup. (U.S. National Library of Medicine)   It’s early days for pharmacogenomics, the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs.  Our understanding of how particular genes and sets of genes…

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Needle In A Haystack: How I Solved A 73 Year Old Family Mystery Using Genetic Genealogy

Needle In A Haystack: How I Solved A 73 Year Old Family Mystery Using Genetic Genealogy

I wrote this article primarily for myself.  It’s rather an epic tale, but it tells the story of how I set out to find my dad’s unknown father using a 73-year old rumour, the internet, a small serving of common sense and more than a little providence.  I trust that you’ll feel a sense of the drama and excitement that unfolded over the course of 18 months. It turns out that the echoes of our stories live on in our genes long…

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Multiple Miscarriage, MTHFR and Pharmacogenomics: Our Story

Multiple Miscarriage, MTHFR and Pharmacogenomics: Our Story

… this raises a huge question… How many other drugs are we prescribing to patients, without understanding their genome, that not only won’t help them, but might cause harm?  Pharmacogenomics (the study of how drugs interact with specific genomes) isn’t some nebulous idea that might become useful to medicine in 10+ years time.  Clinicians desperately need to start taking account of patient’s genetics as they prescribe medications right now.  How many adverse drugs events and hospital admissions could be averted by…

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The Rise of the Expert Patient

The Rise of the Expert Patient

Our model of distributing medical knowledge to the front line of healthcare delivery is broken.  Completely broken. Through my work I’m fortunate to meet a lot a patients and carers, and to hear their often powerful and moving stories. As I listen to these stories, a number of key themes run through many of them, particularly with respect to people’s experience with General Practitioners in Australia.  I want to explore one of these themes in this post. It never ceases to…

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