How Your Genes Affect Your Reaction to Drugs

Your doctor prescribes a medication. If you have a high risk of negative side effects, do you ask for something else instead? If you know the drug won’t work well for you, do you request more options? These questions aren’t just hypothetical. They’re at the heart of pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your … Read More

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The Epigenetics of Cholesterol, Smoking and Cancer

Our DNA is like an encyclopedia containing multiple volumes of genes. Certain genes are responsible for finding errors in these volumes and fixing them. When genes mutate, errors build up, and disease often follows. But what happens when the light we use to read the encyclopedia goes out? We can’t read in the dark. That’s … Read More

3 Ways Genetic Knowledge is Power

“Patients in waiting.” It’s a term we in the world of genetics hear from time to time. The idea is that for certain conditions where there is no cure — or where it may be years before a patient shows symptoms — genetic testing can cause anxiety without providing steps for care. I don’t believe … Read More

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No. 2 Innovation: Cancer Treatment Gets Personal (Video)

Cleveland Clinic asked more than 100 of its top experts about the innovations set to reshape healthcare in the coming year. These are their answers — the Top 10 Innovations for 2014. Too often, men and women hear the words “prostate cancer,” “breast cancer,” or “colorectal cancer” from their doctor and immediately think the worst. … Read More

Cancer’s Signatures — and What They Mean for Patients

When you or a loved one has cancer, chances are you describe it by where it attacks the body: breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer. The same goes for us in the medical community — we examine cancer under a microscope and look for what makes it different. But cancer itself doesn’t always make the … Read More