Personalised medicine

The flip side of personal genomics

Interesting article in Nature about genomics and the way having a mutation may not actualise in any condition or disease.

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Warfarin: Testing at Home

Here is the second in our series of short films on aspects of warfarin.

Warfarin is the chief oral anticoagulant of its kind in use in the UK and is used by 1% of the UK population approximately 600,000 people and by 6% of people over 80. Testing at home is revolutionizing the care of patients as they can test […]

3D Printed Prosthetics

Italian researchers can now print implants to replace bone which have been destroye by cancer. They use CT data to reconstruct and print custom titanium implants. Full story here:

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    Defining Health: How Do Health and Disease Get Defined in Societies?

Defining Health: How Do Health and Disease Get Defined in Societies?

A great video on ‘Defining Health: How Do Health and Disease Get Defined in Societies?’

This panel examines, largely through a social-science lens, the role of gender in conceptions of health and disease (including physical and mental health) in different societies, in determining who is responsible for health care through both formal and informal roles, and in developing understandings of […]

$1 million for a drug used once

This is a story of precision medicines and their value.

The drug is alipogene tiparvovec (aka Glybera). Approved in 2012, it is “a medicine widely heralded as the “first gene therapy” in the Western world” – a treatment to correct DNA.
But when the Berlin physician Elisabeth Steinhagen-Thiessen wanted to give a patient Glybera last fall, it wasn’t so easy. She […]

Vita Brevis Ars Longa: Feeding Watson on Dubious Data

Will Feeding Watson $3 Billion Worth of Healthcare Payment Data Improve its Decisions?

This  recent blog post by Ross Koppel and Frank Meissner considers if IBM Watson can really ‘crack’ healthcare, even as it munches on its gourmet diet of $3Bn worth of so called ‘data’.

Their answer is a careful ‘maybe’ .. but they are not going to get you overexcited about instant transformation. […]

Crowdacure, 3D Holograms and Phantom Limb Pain

Crowdacure is an interesting new website. A crowd sourcing site for underfunded and hard to fund medical research, one of the first projects is developing a new treatment using 3D holograms to relieve phantom limb pain.

Visual effects can trick the brain into believing that the lost limb is still there, resulting in pain relief.

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    Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care

Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care

Greene, J. A. (2016) Do-It-Yourself Medical Devices — Technology and Empowerment in American Health Care. New England Journal of Medicine, 374, 305-308.

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1511363?rss=searchAndBrowse

3D printing of drugs: “the possibilities seem endless”

The possibilities do seem endless, but the Guardian asks whether the 3D printing of medications is safe. They speculate how the pharmacies might change if drugs were printed in local pharmacies, to exact and personalized formulations. The FDA has already given the go-ahead for Spritam levetiracetam (a drug used to control epilepsy) and the hope is to follow with […]

Towards patient-driven data exchanges

As patients strive to manage their own health and illnesses, many wonder how to get a copy of their health data to share with their physicians, load into apps, donate to researchers, link to their genomic data, or have on hand just in case.
Kenneth D. Mandl,  and Isaac S. Kohane, (2016) Time for a Patient-Driven Health Information Economy? N […]