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Public Health Genomics to Save Lives: Available Tools, Actual Examples, Real Success

1. Set Goals by Assessing Data and Available Resources 2. Build Partnerships 3. Conduct Surveillance 4. Provide Info to Policy Makers 5. Make Education Available to the Public 6. Implement Bi-directional Reporting 7. Conduct Surveilance and Assess Results

  Announcing New Tier 1 CDC Public Health Genomics Toolkit and Video Resources Impact… Scalability… Innovation… Evidence-based interventions… Surveillance and evaluation… Partnerships… Timely information to health care, the public, and decision makers… Commitment… These elements are crucial to any public health accomplishment and are recurring themes in 2 new public health genomics resources. Nearly 2 Read More >

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Is Evidence-based Medicine the Enemy of Genomic Medicine?

hands pulling on DNA with DNA in background

A general practitioner recently writing in the BMJ,  said that evidence-based medicine is polluted with “fraud, sham diagnosis, short term data, poor regulation, surrogate ends, questionnaires that can’t be validated, and statistically significant but clinically irrelevant outcomes”, all leading to “overdiagnosis and misery”. In more temperate tones, Goldberger and Buxton recently suggested  in a JAMA Read More >

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Guidelines We Can Trust are Crucial for the Successful Implementation of Genomic Medicine

puzzle piece labeled Guide fitting into another piece with DNA

In a previous blog post, Michael Douglas and David Dotson from our office asked the question “So what are health care providers to do today when considering ordering a genomic test to diagnose, prevent or ameliorate a medical condition?” If we set aside the “genomic” bit of this for a moment, and think about how Read More >

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Public Health Genomics Highlights 2013

2013 Highlights with DNA string in the background

At the end of each year, we read about top lists of major events, accomplishments, and milestones. These lists are produced by journal editors, institutions and opinion leaders.  CDC is no exception. In December 2013, CDC published its top 5 accomplishments for 2013, which include the Tips from former smokers campaign, outbreak investigations featuring pathogen Read More >

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Genome Sequencing in the Clinic – The question is not whether the glass is half-full or half-empty but whether or not the glass is the right tool.

two half full glasses of water - one with DNA inside it and one with DNA next to it

Earlier this fall, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Technology Evaluation Center produced a report [PDF 210.52 KB] evaluating the clinical use of exome sequencing in the diagnosis of rare diseases. That this report was even generated is remarkable, as it marks an appreciable level of penetration by exome sequencing into clinical care. A decade ago, Read More >

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When Should We All Have Our Genomes Sequenced?

a crowd of people with DNA in the foreground

Recently, George Church, a prominent genomics researcher and leader of the Personal Genome Project asked why so few people are opting to inspect their genome. The cost and accuracy of genome sequencing have certainly improved dramatically. He clearly sees the health benefits of whole genome sequencing. He states “we should avoid being judgmental of people Read More >

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Public Health Genomics in Action: Reducing Morbidity and Mortality from Familial Hypercholesterolemia

Discussion Panel at the Familial Hypercholesterolemia Summit

In September, 2013, I participated in the International Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) Summit  in Annapolis, Maryland. The event was sponsored by the FH Foundation, a patient-centered organization formed in 2011 to raise awareness about the condition and to develop actions for saving lives of patients and families with FH.  The meeting brought together, from the US Read More >

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Genetic Epidemiology: What a Difference 20 Years Can Make!

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In my introduction to the  textbook ”Genetic Epidemiology: Methods and Applications” just published by Dr. Melissa Austin and colleagues, I commented on the remarkable evolution of the field in the 20 years since I wrote “Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology” with Drs. Bernice Cohen and Terri Beaty from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Read More >

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Public Health Impact of Genome-Wide Association Studies: Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

two half full glasses with chromosomes

Genome-wide association studies (or GWAS) are large-scale genetic investigations of human disease that measure simultaneously hundreds of thousands of genetic variants scattered throughout the human genome. GWAS burst onto the scientific scene in the mid 2000’s. Propelled by technological advances and falling prices, GWAS have revolutionized the search for genetic influences on common diseases of Read More >

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Why We Can’t Wait: A Public Health Approach to Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine

six circles surrounding a circle including this text: Ensuring Effective and Responsible Use of Genomic Medicine to Improve Population Health. Circle 1 text: Community. Circle 2 text: Health Care Delivery System. Circle 3 text: Employers and Business. Circle 4 text: The Media. Circle 5 text: Academia. Circle 6 text: Governmental Public Health Infrastucture

In May 2013, I attended and presented at the “Why We Can’t Wait Conference to Eliminate Health Disparities in Genomic Medicine.”  The conference was organized by the University of Miami and Stanford University, with attendees and speakers from academia, consumer organizations, government agencies, public health, clinical practice, and the private sector. A key rationale for Read More >

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