Precision Medicine Could Be Key To Better Patient Outcomes, Doctor Argues
Dr. Fred Meyers at the UC Davis School of Medicine is looking at veterans' cases where the go-to treatment won't work. But Meyers says the work on precision medicine will benefit civilians, as well.
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Doctors Hope 'Precision Medicine' Program With Veterans Could Change How We Treat Patients
Precision medicine is taking off at research institutions across the country, for cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. In successful cases, doctors have saved patients with tricky diagnoses by pinpointing the gene responsible and designing gene therapy treatment. ... Some experts have called the impact of personalized medicine “exaggerated.” Critics argue there’s too much money being spent on sophisticated tests and procedures that often don’t result in a cure. But Meyers said this could ultimately make America’s expensive health care system more efficient. (Caiola, 1/9)