Genetic Testing

Physician-Reported Benefits and Barriers to Clinical Implementation of Genomic Medicine: A Multi-Site IGNITE-Network Survey

Journal of Personalized Medicine – To understand potential barriers and provider attitudes, we surveyed 285 physicians from five Implementing GeNomics In pracTicE (IGNITE) sites about their perceptions as to the clinical utility of genetic data as well as their preparedness to integrate it into practice.

Family health history: An essential starting point for personalized risk assessment and disease prevention

Personalized Medicine – Family health history (FHH) information is well established as a basis for assessing a patient’s personal disease risk, but is underutilized for diagnosis and making medical recommendations. Epidemiological and genetic information have heightened the value of FHH to an individual’s health. This has motivated the development of new FHH collection tools and strategies for family members, but will require greater awareness and knowledge by both patients and practitioners.

Personalized medicine in diabetes mellitus: current opportunities and future prospects

Annals of the New York Academy of sciences – Currently, there are 382 million people living with diabetes mellitus around the world, and the total number is predicted to increase by over 50% over the next 20 years. Diabetes mellitus is a spectrum of metabolic disorders characterized by hyperglycemia. Poorly controlled diabetes mellitus can lead to microvascular and macrovascular complications, including kidney failure, blindness, amputation, and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, medical advances have increased the number of treatment options for diabetes and improved outcomes for many individuals. However, there remains a need to determine the appropriate therapy for each individual, since a significant number of monotherapy treatments fail within 3 years and diabetes-related morbidity and mortality continue.

Warfarin Pharmacogenetics

Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine – Since its approval in 1954, warfarin has been widely prescribed for the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism and complications associated with atrial fibrillation and cardiac valve replacement. Even with the availability of newer agents shown to be noninferior to warfarin, warfarin remains the most commonly prescribed oral anticoagulant.