When a teenage driver rear-ended and totaled her car on a Florida freeway in 2011, Kelley Douglass thought it must be one of her worst days ever. As it turned out, the accident saved her life. Her back aching, Mrs. Douglass consulted a chiropractor, who ordered an MRI. It revealed an abnormality in her bone … Read More
A drug that worked wonders for your neighbor triggers nasty side effects in you — or triggers no effects at all. Why? According to the study of pharmacogenomics, the answer may come from your DNA. Get more resources about pharmacogenomics.
You make important life decisions using the best information available. When you search for a job, you ask, “Is this a good fit for me?” You shop around for the house that best suits your needs. You read reviews and consumer research when buying a car. So when you make the most important decisions of … Read More
You know the cost of healthcare in the United States is high, but the statistics are truly staggering. Healthcare costs make up almost one-fourth of the federal budget. They also account for 18 percent of America’s gross domestic product. That’s why our country is shifting to value-based care. If value-based care sounds like a buzzword … Read More
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When it comes to your health, who you are and where you come from matter. So when you gather your family health history, include your ancestry and ethnicity. Both offer clues about your health risks. We’ve developed tools to help you collect family history. When you ask about health conditions that run in your family, … Read More
There’s a reason I mention family health history in almost every blog post: It’s an important tool in your doctor’s tool box for helping predict your risk for disease. What “runs in your family” matters. Family health history is a cornerstone of personalized healthcare, a trend shaping the future of medical care, according to Cleveland … Read More
I care for adult patients in my practice, but I have two great reasons to keep a watchful eye on the pediatric medical community: my kids. With that in mind, I paid special attention when the FDA issued a boxed warning for codeine prescribed to children after tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy. It’s the perfect example of … Read More
“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
A family health history can help you and your doctors create a personalized care plan. Here’s a guide to help you gather this important information, which will benefit both you and your family. You can get the conversation going at any family gathering. Get more tools and resources to help you collect your family health history.
When you gather around the table with your family this Thanksgiving, don’t just ask them to pass the mashed potatoes. Ask them about their health history. November is Family Health History Month, and the holidays are the perfect time to gather information you and your doctors need to craft a roadmap for preventing disease. Use … Read More