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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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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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Our Journey: How Digital Health Communities Got Us Through Tough Times

Our Journey: How Digital Health Communities Got Us Through Tough Times

So I want to take you back to 2007, and tell you about the epic journey that my wife and I had through the health system… Now the stereotype of pregnancy is that it is a wonderful, happy time, and of healthy, glowing expectant mothers.  Well, not so much. When my wife was pregnant with our two beautiful children, she suffered from a terrible condition called hyperemesis gravidarum.  Severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.  But this wasn’t just morning sickness.  She was…

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