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Genetic test helps determine safer dosing of blood thinner

A genetic test is being used to determine the proper dosage of the blood thinner warfarin in patients at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System. The medical center is one of the first in the nation to use genetic information in order to cater to individual patients’ specific dosages of a drug that ranks among the leading causes of drug-related adverse events. Warfarin is an anticoagulant that has been on the market for more than 50 years. It is used to treat deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism and to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation ... Read More

FDA to consider approval of personalized DNA testing kit to determine disease risk

Genetic test maker 23andMe has applied for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of a saliva-based DNA test that would enable consumers to look at their genetic code for information about their ancestry and what diseases they may develop in the years to come. Such personalized kits have caught flack for claiming to help users detect if they are likely to develop diseases such as breast cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Geneticists say that how DNA variations lead to certain diseases is still poorly understood and that tests that claim to predict these risks is not reliable. But the ... Read More