Women: Here’s Your No. 1 Killer

In 2009, it was responsible for 24 percent of deaths among all females. It kills an average of 400,000 women each year. Since this is October, you may assume I’m talking about breast cancer. I’m not. I’m talking about heart disease, which kills more women in this country than all forms of cancer combined. My … Read More

5 Smart Questions You Need to Ask Your Doctor

As you leave your doctor’s office, you think, “Oh, I forgot to ask…” It happens to all of us. That’s why in my previous post about making the most of your doctor’s appointment, I recommended writing your questions down. But what should those questions be? You’ll have your own questions based on your personal health … Read More

For Breast Cancer Prevention, Family Matters

When 24-year-old Allyn Rose announced in November 2012 that she would be undergoing a prophylactic double mastectomy, she sent shockwaves through the media. Why would a beauty queen — Miss District of Columbia in 2012 and a Miss America contestant in 2013 — decide to have both of her breasts removed? She shared her answer … Read More

4 Ways the Human Genome Project Changed Medicine

Researchers are devoted to figuring out what makes you and me tick — and then making us tick better. Based on that idea, the Human Genome Project was a massive milestone. Results of this international project were announced in April 2003. Researchers set out to identify the 20,000–25,000 genes in our DNA and then give … Read More

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What Genetic Counselors Can Do for You

The world of genetics can seem complex and even baffling to a lot of people — especially those who think of science as a foreign language. If that’s the case for you, I have good news: You don’t have to figure genetics out on your own. That’s a genetic counselor’s job. They help make sense … Read More

Myth Busting: Can Doctors Predict the Future?

There are lots of myths and misconceptions surrounding personalized healthcare. Over the next few weeks, I am going to address some of these beliefs to help you better understand the truths about this exciting field. Myth: Personalized healthcare is a “crystal ball” into my future health Using personalized healthcare tools such as family history, doctors … Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Personalized Healthcare

Confused by all this talk of “personalized healthcare”? Have no fear. Here are five facts about personalized healthcare that will help you and your doctors tailor care to your unique needs.   1. It all starts with family history Family history is the cornerstone of personalized healthcare. When we say family history, we are talking … Read More

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A Personal Story of Personalized Cancer Care

We hear it all the time: “What does personalized healthcare mean for patients?” It’s a fair question, and a hard one to answer sometimes because our field is so new. But patient Dana Kachurchak of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is living proof that this isn’t just about the future. Personalized healthcare is happening now. After Ms. … Read More

Know Your Family History

What if a stroll down memory lane could save your life? When it comes to family history, it can. Knowing funny stories about your relatives makes for great fun at family gatherings — but knowing that three of your ancestors had diabetes or that your grandmother had breast cancer at an early age may help … Read More