Author - Andrea Huston

The SLC6A4 gene and response to antidepressants: Why the evidence still isn’t enough

Growing scientific evidence shows a link between the SLC6A4 gene and response to antidepressants. The SLC6A4 gene is involved in regulating serotonin – the brain chemical that influences everything from sleep to appetite to mood. Some genetic testing companies test SLC6A4 gene variations, promising to predict your response to antidepressants [...]

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ancestry genetic

Can I use my ancestry genetic test results to get a Pillcheck report?

Ancestry genetic testing is a great introduction to genetics for many consumers. Direct-to-consumer ancestry tests can predict how much Neanderthal DNA you’ve inherited or that your eyes are blue rather than brown. These tests are entertaining, affordable and have changed the relationship we have with our DNA. However, ancestry [...]

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depression

Ketamine: an option for treatment resistant depression?

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depressive disorder every year. For roughly 30% of these individuals, standard antidepressants are not effective. People with treatment-resistant depression typically exhaust all options, trying antidepressant after antidepressant with no improvement in symptoms. Treatment-resistant patients sometimes turn to other therapies, such as cognitive [...]

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Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Preventing Falls in the Elderly: Interventions, Risks, Benzodiazepines and Personalized Medicine

Falls are the most common cause of injury and injury-related hospitalizations in the elderly. According to the Canadian Community Health Survey, between 20-30% of seniors fall each year. Falls in seniors are estimated to directly cost over $2 billion per year in Canada alone. Falls account for 95% of all [...]

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Drug Metabolism and Aging

Drug Metabolism and Aging

Optimizing medications for older patients Prescribing for older patients can be challenging. Studies have shown that the elderly are more unpredictable in their response to both the benefits and adverse effects of medications. There are many biological processes that determine how the body reacts to a drug and each of these [...]

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Precision in Genetic Testing: High-definition for more accurate results and better outcomes

Rapid advances in DNA technology now allow us the opportunity to peak inside our genes, glimpsing information that reaches beyond what is outward apparent in eye colour, height, or the ability to form blood clots. A plethora of genetic testing companies have sprung up, offering services that predict everything from [...]

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