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In this current age of marijuana decriminalization, both in Canada and the United States, you often hear conflicting claims purporting the addictiveness – or lack thereof – of marijuana. In our contemporary era of hyper-polarized debates, where do you go for reliable information? The answer – your genetic makeup of course! Three genetic variants linked…

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You must have heard about Precision Medicine and its potential to prevent and treat complex, chronic conditions. What you may not know is that the Precision Medicine movement is currently very focused on genetic sequences, specifically understanding and targeting DNA sequence alterations (i.e. mutations) that result in disease development. But did you know that there…

Statins is a popular class of drugs commonly used to lower cholesterol levels. Over 1 billion people worldwide take statins daily to reduce the risks of heart attacks and strokes. As we have seen previously, the effectiveness and safety of statins can be influenced by the status of your CYP3A4 and SLCO1B1 genes. But did…

A surprisingly high number of childhood cancers are related to inherited genetic mutations. Doctors at St. Jude’s say they will use this newly discovered information to better direct care of cancer patients and help parents with family planning. In a landmark study, published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine, over 1200 children and…

Genetics can help optimize carvedilol treatment for high blood pressure

Carvedilol is a common prescription given to help lower blood pressure. However, determining whether carvedilol is the right medication for you, at what dose, and whether it will cause adverse side effects can be a long, drawn-out process of trial-and-error. Not more than a couple of years ago, this would have been you and your…

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High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a very common condition that can have dangerous health consequences. Fortunately, many medications options are available to: Lower blood pressure numbers to a healthy range, and Prevent serious heart disease, stroke and kidney disease. But among these choices, how do you know which one is the best blood pressure…

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