On April 6, 2017, the FDA approved marketing of 23andMe Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk tests for 10 diseases or conditions.(FDA Press Release 4-6-17) No prescription or physician needed. These are the first direct-to-consumer tests authorized by the FDA that provide information on an individual’s genetic predisposition to certain medical conditions. Among them, hereditary… Continue reading Direct to consumer thrombophilia testing approved–a good thing?
This week, several national news organizations ran a story on a new CDC study which showed rural Americans were more likely to die from the top 5 causes of death than their urban counterparts. Per the study, "the five leading causes of death in the United States during 1999–2014 were heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury,… Continue reading *EXCLUSIVE* Flawed federal reports used for health policy and funding decisions
One Presidential candidate has a history of venous thromboembolims (VTE). How relevant is that to the campaign and have past Presidents had this condition?
I want to like Hillary Clinton. I do. I'd love to see a female president one day. It's just that every time I see and hear the Hillary Clinton campaign slogan “Fighting for Us”, I can’t help but think of the one population Clinton is not fighting for: her fellow patients at risk for venous… Continue reading Fighting for Blood Clot Patients?
The public and policy makers only know about the public health threats that are included in official statistical reports. Surprisingly, the third leading cause of death in the United States is currently excluded from CDC reports to Congress. Why that matters.