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There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome

There Is No ‘Healthy’ Microbiome | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

IN the late 17th century, the Dutch naturalist Anton van Leeuwenhoek looked at his own dental plaque through a microscope and saw a world of tiny cells “very prettily a-moving.” He could not have predicted that a few centuries later, the trillions of microbes that share our lives — collectively known as the microbiome — would rank among the hottest areas of biology.

These microscopic partners help us by digesting our food, training our immune systems and crowding out other harmful microbes that could cause disease. In return, everything from the food we eat to the medicines we take can shape our microbial communities — with important implications for our health. Studies have found that changes in our microbiome accompany medical problems from obesity to diabetes to colon cancer.


Via Complexity Digest
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The fascinating world of the microbiome and the opportunities it heralds for future medicine

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Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, November 12, 2014 3:45 AM

Our microbes are truly part of us, and just as we are vast in our variety, so, too, are they. We must embrace this complexity if we hope to benefit from it.

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Reducing The Time To Diagnosis By Measuring Genomic Response To Infection

Reducing The Time To Diagnosis By Measuring Genomic Response To Infection | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Duke researchers are looking to genomic technologies - not the isolation of bacteria or viruses - to quickly detect and diagnose infectious diseases such as the flu and staph.Two studies
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Not all illnesses can be prevented. But the sooner we detect illness, the more likely a faster cure can be effected. Scientists have discovered a way to shortcut the time to diagnose infection by means of genomics, which will potentially lead to new diagnostic products.

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91.01.ChangeMedicine.pdf

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Eminently sensible insight from Eric Topol, M.D., professor of genomics and author of The Creative Destruction of Medicine.

 

The suggestions are based on a theme of getting away from mass testing/treatment to looking at the patient as an individual, and basing treatment on what approach will best suit that person, depending on their condition and biology.

 

It also makes a case for overuse of expensive tests, suchs as CT scans. Not only do they cause distress through misdiagnose or finding other minor spots that need further testing, but overuse of irradiation is apparently linked to 2% of cancers in the US.

 

An interesting read!

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