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Precision medicine is coming, but not anytime soon

March 26, 2015
  • By Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

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Beverly Merz, Executive Editor, Harvard Women's Health Watch

Beverly Merz is Executive Editor of Harvard Women’s Health Watch, a publication she helped start in 1993. Before coming to Harvard she was an Associate Editor of JAMA, Managing Editor with the Union of Concerned Scientists, … See Full Bio
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Laura Henze Russell
April 5, 2015

Precision Health is here now, and helping thousands of patients recover from chronic diseases, and exit disease management and lifelong medications. If you consult with good functional medicine physicians and a good biologic dentists, you can get more precise, personalized care and treatment based on your body, genetics and exposures i.e. causes not symptoms, which can lead to restoration of health.

Melissa Howard
April 1, 2015

The site was so nice, I found out about a lot of great things. I like the way you make your blog posts. Keep up the good work and may you gain success in the long run.

March 30, 2015

Ow thanks Beverly for this wonderful news. I finding about Precision medicine with very long time. finally i got this. can you tell me how soon it is???

Patricia Menchan
March 29, 2015

This is great news and has the potential to save so many lives. Perhaps not for our generation, but hopefully for the next.

March 28, 2015

quite an insightful one. I’m just hearing about precision medicine for the first time. would be wonderful to see it fully developed and made available to the public.

Curtis A. Bagne
March 28, 2015

Eyeglasses – these are a wonderful example of precision or personalized medicine. Why would anyone want to use group average vision test results to prescribe eyeglasses?

Then why are we so enamored with using group average results to approve drugs and for the evidentiary foundations of evidence-based medicine?

Clinicians and patients often evaluate treatment effects over time for individual patients. They investigate responses to drug challenge, de-challenge, and re-challenge – often with multiple doses.

Why not do this scientifically starting at the level of each individual?

Without better diagnostic and treatment response phenotypes, genomics is too much like one hand clapping.

E allen
March 27, 2015

Dr. Merz,

Are you suggesting that a cancer patient shouldn’t get their tumor sequenced if there is any doubt about the subtype and what targeted therapy is most appropriate? That is the current best example of precision medicine.


March 27, 2015

nice post. I’m really glad that I had read your post lot of information in it.

March 27, 2015

One of the best blog that I had ever seen please keep posting these kind of articles

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