Category Archives: Health news

What is clinical pharmacogenomics?

Is this drug more effective for individuals with a specific genetic profile?   Are some people at increased risk of a serious drug reaction from a specific drug?   How is pharmacogenomic information being used clinically right now? Pharmacogenomics: Precision Medicine and … Continue reading

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Don’t worry about calories on Thanksgiving!

Concerned about what the Thanksgiving meal could do to your weight or metabolism?   Stop worrying and read this consumer education article on Why You Seriously Don’t Need to Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving.   Happy Thanksgiving from Himmelfarb … Continue reading

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Is there a genetic cause for preterm births? 

While evidence has suggested that this is true, the first study identifying specific genetic factors that exist in women with preterm deliveries was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This study used data from nearly 50,000 women … Continue reading

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Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer? 

Can a blood test be used to screen for cancer?  This question was addressed in a recent NEJM article which investigated if checking for the Epstein-Barr virus (EBM) in plasma samples would be a useful screening test for nasopharyngeal carcinoma in patients … Continue reading

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Health policy information? Himmelfarb has it…

If you’re interested in health policy changes, you can take advantage of Himmelfarb Library‘s online resources to help you keep up to date on what’s going on. These online resources provide access both to the academic literature and legislative news … Continue reading

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Stats: Medical Schools and Graduate Medical Education in the U.S.

Statistical information on medical schools and graduate medical education in the United States was published in a recent issue of JAMA.   Medical Schools in the United States, 2015-2016 makes available data from the 2016 LCME questionnaire and provides state-level … Continue reading

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Patient Zero Exonerated

New research published in Nature traced when HIV arrived in the United States and its path from Africa via Haiti.  This research also provides a timeline for the virus’ movement and exonerates Gaétan Dugas who had been identified as ‘Patient 0’. Read … Continue reading

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