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

Salt and Sleep: A Personal Story of Food and Genes

People react differently to food — and it’s not just about what flavors you prefer. I’ve written before about the science of nutrigenomics, which deals with how certain foods affect individuals based on their genes. Take salt, for example. Some people are more sensitive to the negative effects of salt than others. I discovered this … Read More

Early Warning for Thyroid Cancer

The bad news: In 2012, around 56,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The good news: The disease has a survival rate of nearly 100 percent if caught in its first two stages. Charis Eng, MD, PhD, founding director of Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute, works to make early diagnosis possible. Most recently, Dr. … Read More

DNA by Mail: Personal Genomic Testing

You can order a lot of things online these days: electronics, clothes, music, even groceries. But did you know that you also can order your very own DNA test? Personal genomic testing is now being marketed to individual consumers and businesses. The basic idea is that you get a saliva sample kit in the mail, … Read More

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Nutrigenomics: Skinny Genes and the Effects of Food

Have you ever wondered how the foods you and your family eat actually affect your health? Or why some people can eat certain foods and stay slim, but those same foods cause you to gain weight? Nutrigenomics, a form of science that combines nutrition and genetics, seeks to answer these questions and many more. Below … Read More

The Future of Personalized Healthcare

One day in the not-too-distant future, everything about your healthcare will be tailored to you. Doctors will know your genetic makeup, and they will use it to craft your care — from lifestyle recommendations to specific medications. They will know your risk for heart disease, cancer and other diseases, and they will help you take … Read More