PillCheck™ is your personalized dosing guide designed to be used by a pharmacogenetics-trained pharmacist to Personalize and Optimize your Treatment. A simple non-invasive cheek swab can help your healthcare providers obtain insights into your drug metabolic profile.  It helps them to identify the most effective and safest treatment for you.  PillCheck covers over 130 commonly…

Despite recent claims by Illumina, the $1000 genome is still a myth – companies benchmark the bare bone cost of sequencing, not including the cost of sample collection, shipping, DNA purification and most importantly, the cost of genome data analysis, annotation and reporting which eclipses the cost of sequencing the genome. In post sequencing analysis…

Patients diagnosed with advanced colon cancer have few treatment options besides surgery and aggressive chemotherapy. All chemotherapies are designed to block cell growth. Since all multiplying cells need to replicate their DNA, blocking DNA synthesis stops cell growth. The 5-Fluorouracil (5FU) drug is a modified nucleotide that blocks DNA replication. 5FU is commonly used in…

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,…

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…

“Why didn’t the $99 DNA test reveal the reasons for the high incidence of colon cancer in my family?” We were recently asked this question from a woman who had paid for a popular DNA test for her entire family and did not get the answer to her question. There are many genetic and genomic…

Genetic testing for breast cancer (BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations) in Canada is covered for a limited number of women with a family history of breast or ovarian cancer. Genetic screening for these mutations identifies women with a dramatically increased risk of disease and allows for early screening and intervention. The reimbursement policies vary across…

Not all Genetic Tests are the same Each person carries 4-5 million genetic variations called polymorphisms. Most of these genetic variations do not cause any disease. Analysis of these common variations can provide very interesting insights on our ancestry, and can also be used to predict future diseases. However, the accuracy of these predictions depends…

What is Tecta? How does Tecta work? Tecta (pantoprazole) is prescribed to treat gastrointestinal ulcers, or for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which includes heartburn and acid reflux, and reflux esophagitis. Tecta is part of a family of drugs called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). These drugs block Proton Pumps, and reduces stomach acidity to prevent ulcers,…

[sociallinkz] Confused when choosing a genetic testing provider? You came to the right place! This post aims to provide the answers to questions you may have when deciding which genetic testing provider is best for you. Common Concerns When Choosing a Genetic Testing Provider “I’m concerned about my risk of cancer and looking for a…

Many guys have a soft spot for their cars and garages, and put in a significant amount of effort to keep them in immaculate condition. So why don’t they keep their own bodies in such immaculate condition as well? Too many successful men are dying prematurely due to conditions like heart attacks that can be…

How drugs affect the body Many commonly used drugs can be helpful for most while causing adverse reactions in others. Medication needs to be absorbed and then metabolized into a biologically active form or inactivated at a certain rate. Drug absorption and secretion (i.e. pharmacokinetics) can be affected by certain genetic variations that may render…

What is genetic testing? Rather than diving into scientific terminology to explain genetic testing, let’s start with an analogy of building a house to describe a person’s DNA. DNA is the blueprint for building all the functional cells, tissues, organs in an organism as well as coordinating all the functions. The first step to building…

Genetic testing for cancer susceptibility saves lives as well as costs for the healthcare system. Patients with genetic predispositions to cancer may benefit from earlier and more frequent monitoring and/or preventative treatments. Multiple genetic variants explain up to 50% of breast cancers in particular, the mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes for explain about…

Statins have long being used for reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly in obese and Type 2 Diabetes patients. Clinical trials have demonstrated the positive role of statins in risk reduction that extended well beyond the associated reduction of cholesterol levels, therefore, many physicians…

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