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Individualizing Medicine and How it Could Affect the Battle Against Cancer

MedicineCancer literally kills millions throughout the world each year. The search for a cure continues. One possible solution to reducing cancer cases is individualized care. FOX News takes a look at this in a recent article titled “Precision medicine: How individualized care may reduce cancer deaths.”

Lindsay Carlton of FOX News writes, “Treating cancer by targeting a patient’s genome— the complete set of genetic information— is often known as precision medicine. ‘Twenty-five years ago when the human genome project was first initiated, it took 13 years and 3 billion dollars to sequence the genome of a single individual. We can now do that sequencing in less than a week for a few thousand dollars, and that’s the technology we’re using to test the DNA in cancer,’ said Kung, who also spoke at a media briefing with a panel of scientists about the future of cancer for the TV special. The impact of these discoveries is already being felt today. Since 2012, the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research has approved 30 targeted therapies. In this year’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama called for a new initiative to fund precision medicine so the medical industry can continue to develop patient-specific remedies, and discover ways to overcome drug resistance in new and current cancer treatments. ‘One of the goals of precision medicine is to be able to identify changes in the genes or characteristics of the disease that would predict that the disease wouldn’t respond well to the standard way of treating,’ Kung said. ‘It’s important to think of precision medicine [as] not only telling us what treatments should be applied, but which ones shouldn’t be applied because they are doomed to fail.’”

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Could Telemedicine Kill You?

Could Telemedicine Kill You?

The changes that continue to shape the healthcare landscape are regularly the subject of discussion and debate. Especially as emerging trends challenge practitioners, insurers and patients to reject or reconsider methods that are already established.

When it comes to the issue of telemedicine, the temperature of the discussion naturally rises. What could be better than to be able to zero in on a medical problem by taking advantage of technology to streamline the process? While many people still would prefer to have a face-to-face visit in a physician’s actual office, some conditions may not require this step in the process. Some situations, arguably, could be exacerbated by taking the time and trouble to travel to a physical location.

Forbes magazine contributor Russ Alan Prince recently took a closer look at how telemedicine could transform the healthcare industry – something that he admits will happen eventually – and also explores the possible downside of telemedicine.

Prince examines a couple of significant issues that he believes could lead to telemedicine’s downfall – to the point that the practice of it might wind up killing people.

One concern: Computers, which are an essential part of telemedicine and which, like all machines, are bound to encounter snafus. What would be the ramifications, he suggests, if your computerized medical records encountered hiccups that could wipe out the parts that indicate which medicines cause an allergic reaction in you? You might possibly be given a dose of something that no one knows could harm you — and the consequences, he argues, could be suffering or even expiration.

And on the other end of technology’s long arm, there are the medical devices that can be surgically placed in people and then given instructions via computer. If flawed data is produced or received, your device—something as critical as a cardiac defibrillator – could simply fail to work correctly.

Another problem with telemedicine, says Prince, could come from hackers, whose actions might not result from mere accident or malfunction – but from dark intent.

Of course, like any new system, telemedicine will likely benefit from taking these warnings seriously without being destroyed by them. Throughout history, humankind has benefitted from advances in learning and knowledge—when the appropriate levels of care and concern are shown.

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