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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: What is precision medicine?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Dec 16, 2015 9:00 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Wednesday, December 16, 2015:

According to the National Institutes of Health, "Far too many diseases do not have a proven means of prevention or effective treatments. We must gain better insights into the biological, environmental, and behavioral influences on these diseases to make a difference for the millions of Americans who suffer from them. Precision medicine is an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.

Simply put, in personalized medicine, a patient presenting symptoms gets a generic treatment that generally is successful.  With precision medicine, the treatment approach is specific to that patient using several characteristics.

An analogy made often is that a person who gets a new pair of glasses doesn't get generic glasses.  That person gets glasses that are designed and made specifically for that person when all the factors that contribute to their poor eyesight are accounted for and counteracted.

On Wednesday's Smart Talk, we'll dig deeper into precision medicine with Dr. Jim Broach, Director, Penn State Hershey Institute for Personalized Medicine and Andy Faucett, Director of Policy & Education, Office of the Chief Scientific Officer ,Genomic Medicine Institute, Geisinger Health System.


Dr. Jim Broach & Andy Faucett

Watch Health Smart: Precision MedicineThursday December 17 at 8pm on WITF-TV

Today, genetic testing is available for over 2000 rare and common conditions.  Genetic testing can help a patient identify and possibly reduce their risk of certain conditions they may have in the future.  While prenatal genetic testing can help expecting parents identify abnormal genes that could lead to certain diseases in their baby. How has genetic testing helped Pennsylvanians and are there concerns surrounding this level of health knowledge?

For more on Precision Medicine and in-depth analysis on today's evolving HealthCare landscape visit Transforming Transforming Health is an educational partnership of WITF, WellSpan Health  and Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

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