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Genomics and Health Impact Blog Posts

Precision Public Health: Harnessing the Power of the Human Microbiome

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The discovery of antibiotics by Sir Alexander Fleming in 1928 revolutionized medicine. However, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the beneficial bacteria that help keep us healthy and the pathogens that make us sick. Like a wildfire, antibiotics wipe out all bacteria. Consequently, we have been altering our microbiomes for almost a century, putting ourselves at risk Read More >

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Are there any shortcuts on the translation highway to genomic medicine?

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Note to our readers: A modified version of this blog post has been published in JAMA. Rapid advances in genomics have led to a new era of precision medicine, resulting in a dramatic increase in the number of genomic tests available for research and clinical practice. As of April 18, 2017, the Genetic Testing Registry, Read More >

Posted on by Muin J Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLeave a comment

Genome Sequencing for Healthy Individuals? Think Big and Act Small!

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In a 2013 blog post, we asked the question: “When should we all have our genomes sequenced?” At that time, we concluded that the time is not right and that “if we want to use whole genome sequencing in the course of regular preventive care and health promotion, research should be conducted to evaluate its Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Greg Feero, guest blogger, Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine ResidencyLeave a commentTags ,

Direct to Consumer Genetic Testing: Think Before You Spit, 2017 Edition!

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As people have become more proactive in managing their health, personal genomic direct to consumer (DTC) testing has become more popular over the past decade. These tests allow consumers to access information about genetic predispositions and response to chemicals and medications without the involvement of healthcare providers.  With the expanding landscape of such testing, the Read More >

Posted on by Muin J Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2 CommentsTags ,

Genomics and Population Health Action: Join the Collaboration

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In February 2017, I attended a one-day meeting of leaders of the Genomics and Population Health Action Collaborative (GPHAC). This group of more than 40 organizations and individuals is dedicated to the integration of genomics into clinical and public health programs to save lives and prevent disease. (Details on GPHAC and its membership can be Read More >

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Your Genes, Your Health: The Importance of Genetic Literacy and Education

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In March 2017, the National Human Genome Research Institute, in collaboration with the Foundation for the NIH and several private sector organizations, held an important strategic planning meeting in Bethesda, the Genetic Literacy, Education and Empowerment (GLEE) Initiative. [PDF 415 KB] Advances in genomics over the past two decades are leading to opportunities to use Read More >

Posted on by Muin J. Khoury MD, PhD, Katherine Kolor, PHD, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and PreventionLeave a commentTags , ,

The need for a next-generation public health response to rare diseases.

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In recognition of Rare Disease Day 2017, we republish, with permission, a modified extract from our recent commentary in Genetics in Medicine. Few public health research activities trigger stronger calls to public health action than research into the burden of disease. This research uses standard measures to quantify actual or potential losses that populations may Read More >

Posted on by Rodolfo Valdez (guest blogger), Scott D. Grosse (guest blogger), National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities & Muin J. Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention4 CommentsTags

Implementation Science in Genomic Medicine: Why we need it now!

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With the launch of the precision medicine cohort initiative, All of UsSM  Research Program, the importance of incorporating implementation science in genomic medicine is greater than ever to ensure population health benefits for all. Historically, the speed of genomic discovery has far exceeded the time required to put these potentially life-saving medical discoveries into practice. Read More >

Posted on by Megan C. Roberts (guest blogger), David A. Chambers (guest blogger), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland and Muin J. Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags , ,

Can we use genetic screening of healthy populations to save lives and prevent disease? Join the conversation.

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On January 30, 2017, CDC held a special workshop to discuss the role of public health in the implementation of genetic screening programs beyond the newborn period. The workshop brought together panelists from the worlds of medical genetics and public health practice, including cancer, birth defects, and laboratory science. Workshop presenters and a CDC panel discussed Read More >

Posted on by Muin J Khoury, Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention4 CommentsTags ,

The Appropriateness and Cost of Thrombophilia Panel Testing: It’s Complicated

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Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) are two manifestations of venous thromboembolism (VTE), an underdiagnosed, serious, and sometimes-preventable medical condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein (DVT) and subsequently breaks up and travels to the lungs (PE). DVT/PE is a serious public health problem [PDF 1.15 MB] affecting Read More >

Posted on by Scott Bowen, MPH, Office of Public Health Genomics, Division of Public Health Information Dissemination, Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services and Scott D. Grosse, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GeorgiaLeave a commentTags ,
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