Sean McGhee

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  • How the practice of allergy shows the promise and challenge of personalized medicine MOLECULAR GENETICS AND METABOLISM McGhee, S. A. 2011; 104 (1-2): 3-6


    Personalized medicine seeks to stratify therapies according to individual characteristics, and by so doing improve effectiveness and reduce complications. However, there are not many models of care that is highly stratified within a single diagnosis in this manner. One potential model is the practice of allergy, in which care is tailored to specific allergens for individual patients within the broader context of care for rhinitis or asthma. Allergists have already confronted many of the same regulatory issues anticipated for personalized medicine. The history of allergy practice also anticipates some of the patient safety concerns that may arise from tracking and using highly personalized medical information. Finally, the therapy of allergy and asthma has been at the forefront of attempts to incorporate pharmacogenomics information into patient care. Individualized therapy has always been central to the practice of allergy, and so provides a useful proving ground for personalized medicine as a concept of care.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.ymgme.2011.07.017

    View details for Web of Science ID 000295151300002

    View details for PubMedID 21810545

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