How To Find The Right Treatment For Depression

Finding the right treatment for depression is not easy. Physicians have many medications to choose from, however, they know that only a fraction of patients will respond to any given medication. Thus, they employ a “trial and error” approach where they test a specific medication for a few weeks before moving on to another one….

Dear Customers, As you’ve probably heard the FDA sent a new warning letter to 23andme demanding suspension of the operations. The main issue that the FDA has is “Some of the uses for which PGS is intended are particularly concerning, such as assessments for BRCA-related genetic risk and drug responses (e.g., warfarin sensitivity, clopidogrel response,…

It can be quite challenging when antidepressants are not working. But, the treatment of depression remains one of trial-and-error. When a patient with clinical depression is prescribed an antidepressant, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks to find out if the medication actually works for the patient, during which the patient can suffer from side…

Chronic pain is poorly understood and chronic pain management is one of the most challenging issues facing our medical system. It is estimated that 1 in 5 Canadian adults suffer from chronic pain, which is the number one reason for seeking healthcare, costing our economy roughly $50-$60 billion. This emphasizes the need for research into…

BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are well known breast cancer genes and inherited mutations in these genes increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancers. Breast cancer, the most common, invasive cancer in females worldwide can run in families or occur in women without a prior family history of breast cancer. However, mutations in BRCA1 and…

In vitro fertilization (IVF), the process of fertilizing an egg with sperm outside of the body, is a technique that has enabled couples with fertility problems to conceive. However, like most medical procedures, it is not without its risks and even though the first IVF procedure was performed in 1978, we are still far from…

DNA testing can raise some questions as well as evoking excitement. On the excitement side of things, it’s an opportunity to learn about the ways to prevent diseases being passed down to your children, learn about your ancestry, and to be more self-aware of your health. In this blog post, we want to provide a…

Mickey Renaud – Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy In the winter of 2008, Mickey Renaud, a young hockey star that was drafted by the Calgary Flames, collapsed and died in his family home. The loss of such a promising talent left many people devastated but also puzzled: how could a 19 year old athletic die so suddenly from…

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