Reversing aging

Is the secret to reversing aging in our genes?

The search to reverse aging and extend lifespan has intrigued humanity ever since we developed awareness of our own mortality. New scientific data now suggests that the fountain of youth is in our genes. Researchers at the Salk Institute (La Jolla, California), reversed aging in mice by reprogramming their genome. These genetically engineered mice had 

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Adverse reactions to antibiotics and Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase deficiency

-Manoja Eswara, Ph.D. People experiencing adverse reactions to antibiotics such as Ciprofloxacin, Sulfadiazine, or other sulfa-containing drugs should consider test for Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) gene that encodes for an essential enzyme responsible for protecting cells from oxidative stress. G6PD deficiency is the lead cause of Acute Hemolytic Anemia (AHA), a condition that damages 

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Tecta side effects and health risks associated with PPIs

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) like Tecta, Prilosec, Protonix, Nexium are commonly prescribed for heartburn, a symptom for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and erosive esophagitis. The use of PPIs reduces stomach acidity. PPI’s are also used to treat stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori infection. However, over 30% of people in North America fail to respond 

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Precision DNA

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 the percentage of Neanderthal DNA 

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Medical Liability in Pharmacogenetics – Risk vs. Benefit

The risk of side effects and adverse reactions is a constant threat when physicians prescribe medication. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) tries to mitigate that risk. Traditional prescribing takes age, weight, sex, and biochemical test results when available into account. Pharmacogenetics uses genetic testing to assess variations in drug metabolizing genes to understand how individuals respond differently to 

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