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The Future Is Here

Do you remember all those space-age movies where characters were healed by futuristic science which could tell what their individual cells needed? Well, this kind of fantastic dream might be on its way to becoming a reality sooner than you think.
The Future Is Here

What Is Personalized Medicine?

Personalized medicine moves away from what’s called the “one size fits all” approach to medicine. Personalized healthcare is a way for scientists and doctors to adapt and optimize healthcare to each individual’s unique genetic makeup.
It is working to create “precise, predictable and more powerful medication, to customize for the individual patient.”
Because doctors have a deeper understanding of genetics, they are able to provide improved diagnoses, prescribe drugs more safely and choose the most effective treatments.

Don’t Wait to Be Reactive

Traditionally, medicine is a reactive measure. It tries to heal after a disease or illness has begun. “Finally, we should have to wait till the onset of diseases and try to be treated or cure them.”
Personalized healthcare wants to change this pattern from a waiting game into a proactive approach to wellness. It shifts to prevention by allowing doctors to predict a person’s susceptibility to specific diseases.

Other benefits of this individualized model include:

  • Eliminating trial and error prescription
  • Reducing time and failure rate in clinical trials
  • Prescribing the most effective medicine
  • Predicting side effects more accurately

“Personalized drugs stands poised to remodel aid over successive many decades,” writes the personalized drugs Coalition. And this is because of the ability to see and utilize information about genetic variations from patient to patient. In fact, it is already at work.
Some breast cancer and colon cancer patients are being molecularly tested to identify which new treatments they will most benefit from. Other patients who may have inherited a problematic cardiac history can be tested genetically to find the best hypertension treatments possible.

The Future Is Here

The art movement age of Hollywood dramas like Star Trek is here, writes Margaret A. Hamburg, the commissioner of the agency.  She says that “advances within the science of drug development, the study of genes and their functions, the provision of progressively powerful computers and different technologies, combined with our larger understanding of the complexness of illness, makes it potential to tailor treatments.”
The FDA commissioner believes that “cooperative efforts,” including “the full force of government, private industry, academia and other concerned stakeholders” will lead to the full realization of personalized medicine in the near future.
Science Daily agrees, reporting that current technology allows for a person’s genome to be sequenced in one week for about $5,000. And hopefully, in the near future, everyone will be able to afford this rapid genome sequencing. What’s more, current sequencing technologies can also distinguish between your father and your mother’s genetic sequence in your DNA.
As personalized medicine quickly becomes a reality, many companies are beginning to offer tailored healthcare plans to anticipate its arrival. Plans like MDVIP personalized healthcare are wellness programs that aim to provide better preventative care for individual patients.
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