What is Precision Medicine?
Precision medicine is health care that is based on you as an individual. It focuses on the power of three: the differences in our environment, lifestyle, and biology. By studying these differences, researchers may find patterns. This may help improve health for everyone. The goal is to be able to tell people the best ways to stay healthy. If someone does get sick, precision medicine may help health care teams find the treatment that will work best.
The goal of the All of Us Research Program is to advance precision medicine.
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Advances in precision medicine are happening every day. Below are just a sample of articles that discuss, discover, and contemplate the role of precision medicine in our lives. Be sure to check back later as we update this page with new articles regularly.
Forbes, How Technology Is Helping Increase Diversity In Clinical Trials, Having a diverse patient population in clinical trials is important because medicines can affect people differently. This, coupled with the fact that health systems around the world are entering the era of genomics and precision medicine, means it is crucial to test as many patients as possible. Given that the average timeline of getting a drug to market is 10 years, this is something that needs to be addressed immediately — and even then, we will only see a true impact in a decade's time. Without adequate diversity in the clinical trial process, the outcome is undoubtedly flawed and misrepresentative. Early studies of the Alzheimer's disease biomarker APOE overstated its health impact because the clinical trials focused on white men. When you don't have the inclusion of diverse communities, you run the risk of making assumptions about drug safety and effectiveness that may not be accurate.
Neurology Advisor, The Role of Precision Medicine in Parkinson Disease, Precision medicine, also known as personalized or individualized medicine with the tailoring of specific treatments to the right person at the right time, may be a promising therapeutic strategy for Parkinson disease (PD). A review published in the Journal of Neurology summarizes the clinical trials which target genetic forms of PD, the available data on mechanisms of action, challenges related to therapeutic trials, and the benefits of precision medicine.
Massive Science, On National DNA Day, scientists are trying to take the colonialism out of genetics, Scientists are trying to tackle the lack of diversity seen in genomics research, but even ambitious efforts, like the NIH’s All of Us program, often fall short, especially when it comes to the inclusion of Indigenous communities. This is one of the reasons why the Decolonize DNA Day conference is taking place on April 24th, one day before the National DNA Day.
Ms. Magazine, Gender Equality in Medical Research Fosters a Healthier Future for All of Us, At the Black Women’s Health Imperative, they want to end health inequities for Black women, so they’ve partnered with the All of Us Research Program to raise awareness about the importance of participation in clinical research. They believe All of Us is an important effort to help rectify a tarnished history of research and create a healthier future for the next generation.