vaccines-and-autoimmune-diseases

Vaccines are an important medical advance Measles, mumps, rubella, polio, meningitis, influenza, hepatitis, human papillomavirus (HPV), these are all infectious agents that cause serious and often fatal diseases in humans. But thanks to vaccinations, infections by most of these microbes have been, or will soon be, a thing of the past. However, in recent months,…

Is cancer inherited? Should I be worried if my family has a history of cancer? These are questions that may have crossed your mind when loved family members suffered the torment of cancer. It is well-acknowledged that environmental factors such as smoking, diet, and infections contribute significantly to the risk of developing cancer. Nonetheless, the…

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…

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,…

Personalized medicine utilizes an individual’s genetic information to establish individualized treatments. Thus, it is where cutting-edge genetic technologies are applied to diverse areas of healthcare including naturopathic medicine. While genetic testing and naturopathic medicine may seem like unlikely partners at first glance, they are in fact based on some of the same principles. Similarity #1:…

Antibiotic Resistance: The Clues Are in Our Genes Doctors are often faced with the challenge of treating children that have a fever without an apparent cause because fevers are a symptom of both bacterial and viral infections. As a precaution, many of these children are given antibiotics even though antibiotics are completely ineffective against viral infections….

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…

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…

From the time we are born, millions of bacteria set up home in and on our body with the largest contingent living in the coils of our intestines. For every human cell intrinsic to our body we have about 10 resident bacteria, most of them harmless, many useful and only in a tiny number of…

Nowadays it seems like everyone is talking about gluten, and this previously obscure protein has become public enemy number one. From celebrities to best-selling authors, advocates of a gluten free diet are insisting that gluten is poison for our bodies and that it is the root cause of many disorders that plague Western societies. Whether…

My name is Sim and I am a member of the Geneyouin team. I support the initiative of gaining knowledge of personal genetics to optimize medication type and dosage, ultimately improving the standard of health care delivered uniquely to a patient. I am going to time travel back into my childhood to a moment that…

How many of your fellow peers growing up as kids wore glasses? Interestingly enough that question has a lot to do with the ethnicity of the location you grew up in. Discovering patterns is quite fascinating and if one emerges it’s the inquisitive nature of our species to delve into its details. Professor Chris Hammond…

Rapid deployment of new sequencing technologies in clinical practice lead to discovery of new disease-causing variants that have significant implications for patients and sometimes provide life-saving insights. However these revolutionary technologies will exacerbate constant ethical dilemmas for geneticists and counselors: what type of disease prediction should be disclosed to the patient? In general ethics guidelines…

If one judges by the news, announcements, and movies, the standard medical genetic practice is pictured to be just short of some kind of magic or, at least, to be on the cutting edge of technology. The doctors make a finger prick or take saliva sample from the affected patients and within a few hours…

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