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Group of diverse people
Tags: precision medicine, All of Us, NIH, environment, lifestyle, genes, genetics, genetic mutations, Breast cancer, BRACA1, BRACA2, Cancer, prevention, medications, diversity
There is power in numbers. When a researcher is studying the causes of a human disease, the more people involved in the study, the greater the probability that the study will generate useful results. With this in mind, the... (read more)
Mature daughter embracing senior mother after outdoor family dinner party
Tags: medical bias, minority patients, African American women, African American men, Hispanic, American Indian, quality of care, spirtual beliefs, heart disease, health, medicine, minority and underserved populations
Very few physicians or patients enter an exam or hospital room with the intent of racially alienating the other person in the room, but research demonstrates that minority populations, particularly African American and Hispanic... (read more)
Doctor examining throat of patient in clinic
Tags: men's health, head and neck cancer, human papillomavirus, HPV, STD, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol, tobacco, vacccine, oral hygiene
Historically, the most important risk factors for head and neck cancer — which can strike anywhere from the lips to the larynx, and up into the sinuses and nasal cavity — consisted of alcohol use, tobacco use (... (read more)
Girl connected with cables for EEG for epilepsy testing
Tags: epilepsy, children, human genome, genetic mutations, DNA, SCN8A, seizures, traumatic brain injury, infection, turmors, quality of life
Epilepsy is the fourth most-common neurological disorder in adults, and the most common neurological condition in children. About 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy over the course of their lifetime.People with epilepsy have... (read more)
DNA autoradiogram in a petri dish
Tags: heart health, long QT syndrome, genetics, medications, environment, lifestyle
Almost every medication we take comes with some side effects. From nausea to headaches, dizziness to fatigue, each time a person pops a pill into their mouth they risk getting one or more of the side effects listed on the side of... (read more)
Tags: heart health, heart disease, heart failure, donor hearts, transplants, mechanical heart devices, ventricular assist devices, quality of life, CardioMEMs
When it comes to mechanical heart devices, downsizing has been a good thing.In 1985, when the University of Arizona and then-University Medical Center were making history as the first medical center to successfully use a total... (read more)
Pregnant woman with a glass of red wine
Tags: fetal alcohol syndrome, alcohol exposure, pregnancy, maternal nutrition, maternal age, poverty, precision medicine, genetics, environment
Precision medicine uses data on an individual's person’s diet, exercise routine, family history, environment, genetics, and more to tailor treatment and prevention of certain conditions to that person’s unique... (read more)
Image of a stethoscope with fruits and vegetables
Tags: Cancer, diet, exercising, hydration, prevention, fiber, healthy eating, obesity
Cancer is expected to exceed cardiovascular disease as the leading cause of death in Arizona within the next 20 years. While exemplary treatments are available and new immunotherapies hold promise for curing the disease,... (read more)
 Photo from the National Institues of Health Website. http://www.nih.gov/researchmatters /june2012/images/microbiome_l.jpg
Tags: Cancer, bacteria, microbiome, genomics, precision health, endometrial cancer
Although one of the top 10 cancer types in the United States, a lot of people haven’t heard of endometrial cancer. The endometrium is the lining of the uterus and endometrial cancer is projected to cause nearly 11,000... (read more)
Student looking at a laptop.
Tags: mindfulness, nutrition, mental health, stress, relaxation, spirituality, healthy lifestyle, fitness, school, college
As the new semester begins, there is much excitement and anticipation—and often much stress. School can bring many additional responsibilities and it can seem that our own care is last on the list.In my role as a... (read more)

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