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Weight loss medications: what you need to know

New weight loss medications, including semaglutide (Ozempic, Wegovy) and tripeptide (Mounjaro), were originally developed for diabetes and became best-seller drugs for their remarkable efficacy and weight loss. Yet many people taking these endure severe side effects, especially when taken with other medications. Some individuals may develop serious complications. That’s why...

Drug metabolism in women: The effects of pregnancy, contraception, and hormone replacement therapy on drug response

Gender, age and hormones can all affect drug metabolism It's well-known that genetic variations inherited by individuals can lead to different reactions to medications, with the same drug dosage being safe and effective for one person but causing adverse reactions or being insufficient for another. This is known as pharmacogenetics. Clinical...

Most effective treatments for fibromyalgia

Making your day-to-day lives easier through fibromyalgia treatments Those living with fibromyalgia tend to experience a diminished quality of life due to pain, poor sleep patterns, mood swings, and memory issues. The condition is similar to those experiencing chronic fatigue syndrome and is characterized by persistent, widespread pain. Unfortunately, the root...

Can genetic testing help me to choose psychiatric medications?

Change your life and mind through genetic testing for psychiatric medications Pharmacogenetics can provide life-changing information regarding which drugs may work best based on your genetic makeup. It can assess how your body metabolizes and reacts to different medications, which can help you find the best ones based on your genetic...

Does ethnicity affect drug response?

Doctors have long been aware that family heritage and ancestry can majorly impact how people respond to medications. While not many people are aware of this, in the past, research studies were conducted on populations mostly of European descent. This created a significant gap in the representation of different races...

Made in CA features Pillcheck

A proudly Canadian innovative company, Pillcheck was recently featured in an exclusive interview with Made in CA. In the interview, Pillcheck CEO Veronika Litinski talks about the inspiration behind our pharmacogenetic (PGx) service, how we help individuals and their doctors use DNA-guided prescribing to achieve effective therapy faster, and our...

Pillcheck wins Arthritis Society Canada’s 2023 Award. Innovation is key to transforming arthritis care.

We're thrilled to announce that the Pillcheck team was honoured to be among the four winners, selected from top innovators across Canada, at the Arthritis Society Canada’s 2023 Arthritis Ideator Awards. Fueled by the trust and support of donors and volunteers, Arthritis Society Canada is fighting the fire of arthritis with research,...

SSRIs and Weight Gain: Minimizing Risk with Precision Medicine

While it is well known that many antidepressants are associated with weight gain, the mechanism was unclear until recently. In the past three years, large-scale studies identified the link between the genes involved in antidepressant metabolism and disturbances in cholesterol and triglyceride levels, risk of diabetes, and eventually manifesting as...

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