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Determining a drug response: Pharmacogenomic testing can guide dosing and prevent serious adverse reactions

This article appeared in Genome in June 2016 The pain was too intense to ignore. Sixteen years later, Tony Cirrincione still remembers it. He was on a weekend ski trip, and he staggered into the ski lodge, leaving his wife in charge … Continue reading

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Teen suicide: The time for secrecy is over

This article appeared on WebMD.com in July 2017. July 25, 2017 — As a freshman at Northview High School in Duluth, GA, 15-year-old Will Trautwein was a leader among his army of friends, says his father, John. He had good … Continue reading

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A New Lease on Life: Treatments Are Extending Life Expectancies for Patients With Multiple Myeloma

This article appeared in CURE magazine in March 2016. Sixty-two-year-old Carolyn Higgins went to see her longtime primary care doctor because something just wasn’t quite right. A self-described type A personality, Higgins was a passionate and energetic saleswoman. She couldn’t wait to knock … Continue reading

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Searching on all fronts: Changing the outlook for those with pancreatic cancer

This article first appeared in CURE magazine in March 2016 Sue Adkins gets two shots, one right after the other, every day. When she’s at the construction company in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, where she’s worked as a bookkeeper for 30 years, … Continue reading

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A virtual refuge from real pain

This article first appeared on WebMD.com in December 2014. Dec. 11, 2014 — Luke Moore spent 3 weeks in the burn unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA, while he recovered from second- and third-degree burns on his left … Continue reading

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Nobody came for Prince: The death of The Artist and the criminalization of addiction

This op-ed originally appeared on The Huffington Post on June 6, 2016. Last Thursday the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office released the report that declared “accidental opioid overdose” as the cause of Prince’s death. The first rumor I heard along those lines … Continue reading

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Growing a family tree

This article, which originally appeared in Genome in December 2015, received a 2015 Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism from the Association of Health Care Journalists and honorable mention in the 2016 Folio Eddie Awards. Sonny Varela comes from a … Continue reading

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When cancer runs in the family

This article originally appeared in Genome in June 2015. After Lucy Benton completed her breast cancer treatment 16 years ago, she thought she was done with cancer. Then last year, the 68-year-old Texas woman learned she had cancer again. This time … Continue reading

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A place for e-cigarettes in smoking cessation

This article originally appeared in Yale Medicine in Winter 2016.  In the field of tobacco control, Michael B. Siegel, M.D., is a lone wolf. The Boston University public health professor stands at odds with most of his public health colleagues on … Continue reading

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More than skin deep

Geneticists view “race” in a far more complex way than the average census taker. For centuries, authors, researchers, and politicians have tried to use science to classify the “races.” Their attempts have resulted in divisive books, theories such as eugenics, … Continue reading

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