Precision Medicine is Based on You
Precision medicine sometimes is called personalized medicine because it is health care that is based on you. Every person is unique and their stories are, too
If there is one overarching trend to all the advances in medical technology, it is the personalization of medicine and treating individuals as such. The Ten Hottest Medical Technologies in 2019
Noah and Alexis were diagnosed with cerebral palsy after their parents noticed their twins crawling and walking later than other babies. Then, at 5 years old, Alexis no longer could walk, sit, and swallow. These were not typical symptoms of cerebral palsy. Through sequencing her DNA, her research team identified a protein deficiency in the brain called Dopamine, Low levels of dopamine can mimic cerebral palsy. After dopamine treatment, Alexis's condition improved.
Tom was surprised to hear that he had Melanoma, a form of skin cancer. By the time he felt sick and visited the doctor, cancer had spread to his neck, lungs, and liver. He was not expected to live. But by sequencing the genes of his cancer cells, researchers developed a drug that binds to the faulty protein to stop the cancer cells from being made. After two months on the new drug, Tom returned to his normal life.
Kimberly was a baby when she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a common, yet fatal, genetic disease. Kimberly had so many lung infections that by the time she was twelve years she needed a lung transplant. As Kimberly waited for a donor, a new drug became available because of genetic testing. Since taking the new drug, she no longer needs a lung replacement.