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What is personalized medicine?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Dr. Oz - Personalized Medicine

    Personalized medicine is based on the idea that individuals may respond to medications, tests and treatment differently. In this video, Dr. Oz discusses why he's so hopeful about personalized medicine.

  • APeter Hulick, MD, Genetic Medicine, answered on behalf of NorthShore University HealthSystem
    Peter Hulick, MD - What is personalized medicine?

    Learn more from Dr. Peter Hulick on behalf of NorthShore University about personalized medicine.

  • AJudith Salerno, Gerontology, answered
    Salerno - TEDMED14

    The most exciting aspect of personalized medicine is its potential impact on preventive health, says Dr. Judy Salerno, executive officer of the Institute of Medicine. Learn more by watching the video.

  • AMeredith Schweitzer, DO, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center
    Personalized medicine is a medical model that proposes the customization of healthcare using molecular analysis -- with medical decisions, practices, and/or products being tailored to the individual patient.
  • ADaniel Spogen, MD, Family Medicine, answered on behalf of Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine, Family Medicine
    This is really the ideal way to treat a person.  As a physician, you would identify the main health concerns of the patient and tailor the investigation and treatment to that patient's needs.  For example, if a person were at high risk to develop diabetes, then the physician could tailor treatment to include lifestyle changes and medicine to perhaps avoid the diabetes showing up. This is really important, because we know that in the diabetes case, for example, that a lot of the bad things that happen are still going to happen after the diagnosis is made no matter how good controlled you are.  If you could institute care that could avoid the disease or at least minimize it you could avoid those bad outcomes.
  • APhRMA answered
    After researchers sequenced the human genome, they had a "map" of the human genes in DNA. This new genetic knowledge opens up the possibility of developing "targeted" therapies for people with specific gene sequences, and it can help physicians choose from among existing medicines the treatments that best meet individual genetic, lifestyle, and environmental differences.

    In addition, researchers are developing genetic tests that can tell us if we are susceptible to certain types of cancer, atherosclerosis, stroke, osteoporosis, vision and hearing loss, or even cavities. The patient and physician can use this information to establish a program of health management, including monitoring, as well as lifestyle, nutrition or protective drug therapy.
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