3 Ways to Save Lives and Cut Healthcare Costs

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

Kids and Codeine: Why Genetics Matter for Medication

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

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

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

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Healthcare Built Around You (and Me)

People forget that physicians are patients, too. We get sick. We need treatment. We visit our fellow doctors. In fact, physicians often are the worst patients. We don’t make time for our health needs — as I failed to do while suffering from sinus congestion and pain for several weeks recently. We think we already … 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

The Genetics of Cancer

By Brian Bolwell, MD What if you could take a pill twice a day to treat cancer instead of going through surgery or other difficult treatments? Sound far-fetched? It’s not, thanks to genetic research and personalized medicine. For decades, experts have been challenged to figure out how to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells … Read More

Which Drugs Work for You?

Did you ever wonder why a certain medicine works perfectly for your friend but has no effect on you? Or why different doses work for different people? Well, part of the answer to that question is your DNA. DNA not only determines your eye color, hair color and how tall you are, but it also … Read More

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