Daily Archives: January 18, 2012

The Science of P4 Medicine

The Science of P4 Medicine

P4 Medicine is rooted in our growing knowledge about the human genome and each individual’s health risk and response to both knowledge and therapy. We are entering a time when we will have a greater understanding of our bodies and what makes them tick, say P4 Medicine advocates, but will we take ownership of this knowledge and steer clear of disease when we can?

The Ultimate Healthcare Reform

Captured by Sherri Kirk

While politicians continue to argue about the best ways to reduce costs and improve care in America’s hospitals and clinics, forward-thinking leaders at healthcare institutions like Ohio State are already testing innovative reforms that are bearing positive results. Electronic medical records systems, genetic testing, disease prevention services, and even changes in the way future physicians are trained – projects
now in their infancy – will become the norm nationwide.

The Ultimate Healthcare Reform

P4 Medicine 101

P4 Medicine 101

America is in desperate need of a new healthcare model. With trillions of dollars spent on treating manageable diseases and comparatively little on preventive measures, our current system is backward. Leaders at Ohio State and a few other progressive medical centers are advancing a new approach that makes health care more predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory.

Pulse of P4 Medicine

Data Analytics – Pulse of P4Medicine

Modern health care generates more data and more information than ever before. Comparing one person’s
data to the universe of data now available will help health providers of the future recognize disease patterns, confirm diagnoses and consult with other experts worldwide. Each patient will have access to his or her medical record and genetic code information 24/7 anywhere in the world.


America’s first Center to Deliver health Care Solutions through Social Media and Cell Phones

Captured by Nova Southeastern University

Nova Southeastern University’s College of Pharmacy recently launched America’s first Center for Consumer Health Informatics Research to deliver health care solutions through social media and cell phones.

The center’s mission is to make new health discoveries using consumer health informatics (integration of patient preferences, behaviors, and technology) to improve health. It will use the participatory medicine model to gain insight about patient habits and other trends in health care. These discoveries can then be used to help the public make better informed personal health care decisions.

The center plans to deliver health and wellness information such as tips to manage diabetes through social media and mobile phones. It will also analyze whether health interventions delivered on those platforms can help patients better manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, etc.

“We are hoping to unlock a treasure trove of information about patient health,” said Kevin A. Clauson, Pharm.D, the center’s director and a College of Pharmacy associate professor. “Patients are turning to the Internet in record numbers to look for answers to health-related questions and making treatment decisions based on what they find. The center plans to use technologies to deliver information to help e-Patients make better decisions.”

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Soy-Almond vs. Soy: Bettering A Bread To Beat Prostate Cancer

Captured by AgDay (syndicated news program)

Researchers at The Ohio State University are testing proprietary recipes for soy-almond bread and soy bread for their potential to prevent and treat prostate cancer, the second most common form of cancer in men, affecting one in every six. In a collaborative study between The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and Ohio State’s Department of Food Science and Technology, researchers are studying the health benefits provided by the new soy-almond bread as compared to previous soy bread recipes without almonds. Dr. Steven Clinton and Yael Vodovotz were interviewed for this story.

This coverage resulted from a news release distributed by OSU Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, available online at: http://cancer.osu.edu/mediaroom/releases/Pages/Soy-Almond-vs.-Soy-Bettering-A-Bread-To-Beat-Prostate-Cancer.aspx

A Doctor in Your Pocket

Captured by The Wall Street Journal

What does the future of medicine hold? Tiny health monitors, tailored therapies and the end of illness.

Take a moment to imagine what it would be like to live robustly to the ripe old age of 100 or more. You wouldn’t die of any particular illness, and you wouldn’t gradually waste away under the spell of some awful, enfeebling disease that began years or decades earlier.

It may sound far-fetched, but it is possible to live a long, disease-free life. Most of the conditions that kill us, including cancer and heart disease, could be prevented or delayed by a new way of looking at and treating health. The end of illness is near.

Today, we mostly wait for the body to break before we treat it. When I picture what it will be like for my two children to stay in good health as independent adults in 10 or 20 years, I see a big shift from our current model.

I see them being able to monitor and adjust their health in real time with the help of smartphones, wearable gadgets—perhaps like small, invisible stickers—to track the inner workings of their cells, and virtual replicas of their bodies that they will play much like videogames, allowing them to know exactly what they can do to optimize every aspect of their health.What happens when I take drug x at dosage y? How can I change the expression of my genes to stop cancer? Would eating more salmon and dark chocolate boost my metabolism and burn fat? Can red wine really lower my risk of heart attack?

From a drop of their blood, they will be able to upload information onto a personal biochip that can help to create an individualized plan of action, including both preventive measures and therapies for identified ailments or signs of “unhealthiness.” (Other body fluids—like tears and saliva—might be routinely tested, too.) They would be on the lookout for problems like imbalances in blood-sugar control, a risk factor for diabetes, and uncontrolled cell growth, which could signal cancer. Their doctors won’t just examine them once a year; they will continually monitor the next generation of patients, offering advice along the way.

What is equally exciting is that this patient data will be added to a universal database that can be aggregated by powerful search engines like Google and constantly fed into new trials and experiments—speeding up our understanding of which drugs work best for which people. The database might show, for example, that people with a particular genetic profile respond to one type of cancer treatment but not another. As more people anonymously add their health data, this database would become more and more effective as a tool for preventive medicine.

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