Monthly Archives: July 2018

What makes Personalized Medicine so Personal?

Betty Chaffee/ July 26, 2018/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, Personalized Medicine, Precision Medicine/ 0 comments

  Everybody is unique. We all have our own personalities, lifestyles, environments, and genetics. We may enjoy the same things as someone else, or not. Our bodies may respond to a particular medical treatment more efficiently than someone else’s, or not. It’s important that healthcare providers see each patient as an individual rather than as a disease that needs treatment. But how do we make that happen? Personalized medicine allows

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How Can Healthcare be more Personal?

Betty Chaffee/ July 20, 2018/ Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management, Personalized Medicine, Precision Medicine/ 0 comments

 Personalized Medicine?  Precision Medicine?  Which one is it? The term  “personalized medicine” was coined about 20 years ago, when huge breakthroughs were being made in mapping the human genome. As more was learned about the human genome, it became clear that individuals faced different health risks based on their genetics, and it was also found that the ways in which people respond to different medications is determined in part by

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Dietary Supplements — Wait, supplements to WHAT?

Betty Chaffee/ July 13, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 2 comments

I’m one of the nearly 3/4 of adults in the US taking at least one dietary supplement. Dietary supplements include vitamins, botanicals, herbals, and other substances that are extracted from food sources or made synthetically to mimic chemicals contained in foods, and are intended to increase the quantity consumed in the diet.   So, does that mean that if we all ate a well-balanced diet, we wouldn’t need to use

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Dietary supplements – The importance of potency and purity

Betty Chaffee/ July 5, 2018/ Dietary Supplements, Medication Management, Medication Therapy Management/ 0 comments

What is REALLY in the supplement product you just purchased? At first thought, it might seem a given that a product actually contains the ingredients listed on the label, in the listed amounts. But it turns out that for dietary supplements, that’s not always the case. The production and sale of dietary supplements is a booming industry, with nearly 3/4 of US adults using at least one supplement on a

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