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Inflammatory Biomarkers Improve the Clinical Prediction of Mortality in COPD

The addition of changes in inflammatory biomarkers to established clinical variables improves the prediction of mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a recent study. The findings were published online ahead of print publication in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Read more... 


Researchers Closer to a Test to Predict Heart Attacks 

Doctors are one step closer to a simple test that could predict whether a patient is about to have a heart attack - by using a blood sample to detect cells that have sloughed off of damaged blood vessel walls.The finding, published recently in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could potentially address "the greatest unmet need" facing cardiologists, according to the study's lead author. Read more..


Study Says DNA's Power to Predict Illness Is Limited   

If every aspect of a person's DNA is known, would it be possible to predict the diseases in that person's future? And could that knowledge be used to forestall the otherwise inevitable? The answer, according to a new study of twins, is, for the most part, "no." While sequencing the entire DNA of individuals is proving fantastically useful in understanding diseases and finding new treatments, it is not a method that will, for the most part, predict a person's medical future. Read more... 


Focus on Genetics May Aid in Bone Health

Better treatment for osteoporosis could depend on more-personalized care for individuals with the bone-weakening disease, according to researchers. Help might come from an international study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, that found 32 new genetic variants that contribute to bone-mineral density and 14 variants found to increase the risk of bone fracture. About half of people who fracture a hip after age 80 die within a year. Read more... 



prevent icon wide Public Health Researchers Outline Obstacles Standing in the Way of Cancer Prevention

More than half of all cancer is preventable, and society has the knowledge to act on this information. In a review article published recently in Science Translational Medicine, investigators outline obstacles they say stand in the way of making a huge dent in the cancer burden in the United States and around the world. Read more... 


Genome Sequencing to Add New Twist to Doctor-Patient Talks
Ethical questions need to be answered, including what genetic findings should be reported to patients. A New York geneticist envisions a future where whole-genome sequencing will be used to help prevent many medical conditions from developing. Geneticists say this new era of medicine could occur within a decade, thanks to the complicated procedure being tested in a growing number of research settings across the country. Read more...

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PeaceHealth, a Washington state-based non-profit health system, has partnered with the P4 Medicine institute, or P4Mi, a non-profit consortium focused on applying personalized medicine in the clinic. Read more... 


participate icon wideWith New Electronic Health-care Devices, the Doctor Might Not Need to See You Now    

Some experts predict that in the near future, tens of millions of Americans will be tethered to gadgets that will automatically send their vital signs to medical professionals, relatives and concerned friends. The technology already has generated an industry worth well over $1 billion a year. And despite concerns that the data transmitted by patients could overwhelm doctors and be spied on by hackers, the trend is widely expected to transform the relationship between patients and physicians. Read more... 






 The 2012 Johanna and Ralph DeStefano Personalized Health Care National Conference will be held in Columbus, October 3 - 4 at the Blackwell Inn, located on the campus of The Ohio State University. This year's conference title is "Advancing P4 Medicine Through Innovations in Science." Click here to register or learn more. 





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