I’ve used the whole evolution of Fitbit devices from Fitbit One through Surge and Blaze, so it was obvious I’ll test Ionic. I was curious what the first smartwatch and fitness tracker combination from Fitbit can offer me. The verdict? A neatly designed, resourceful tracker with many useful measurements, but I still can’t believe they don’t […]
The widespread U.S. opioid & overdose crisis is an ever-increasing tragic concern for everyone: writhing victims, family members being fain to see their relatives suffer or die, doctors prescribing opioid pain-killers what they thought before as safe, and regulators imposed to handle a tough situation. Addiction. It’s painful to even read about the skyrocketing numbers of […]
The Canadian government recognized the current challenges in their healthcare system alongside the rapid technological developments and their potential for changing medicine for good. Thus, a Senate Committee invited researchers, ethicists, entrepreneurs, and futurists like me to discuss the way forward. Recently, they published their findings containing actionable recommendations for the future. This is the […]
From portable genome sequencers until genetic tests revealing distant relations with Thomas Jefferson, genomics represents a fascinatingly innovative area of healthcare. As the price of genome sequencing has been in free fall for years, the start-up scene is bursting from transformative power. Let’s look at some of the most amazing ventures in genomics!
3D printing drugs is not a fantasy anymore. Unbelievable shapes and any kind of drug can be fabricated with the groundbreaking technology. The UK biotech company, FabRx believes it could even appear as a regular technique in hospitals and pharmacies for creating personalized drugs in specific doses within 5-10 years.
At the crossroad of psychology and genetics you find the company, Karmagenes, which promises to tell you what characteristics you possess based on your DNA. After I reviewed their genetic and psychological test, I have to say their scientific methods did not convince me, unfortunately.
Disruptive digital technologies could help in many ways in optimizing the process of blood donation. It could aid the recruitment of new blood donors, keep the returning donors motivated on the long run, or simplify and shorten the process of blood donation through robots or medical drones. Tissue engineers are even experimenting with artificial blood, so we might bypass blood donation in the future altogether.
In the fight against cancer, precision medicine is one of the most promising tools and the logical outcome of current healthcare trends. As start-ups offering personalized healthcare solutions multiply like mushrooms after rain, governments and regulatory agencies have to give appropriate responses in regulating the grass-root healthcare jungle. Here is my analysis about the potential and dilemmas about precision medicine.
Genome sequencing does definitely not equal with fortune telling: it cannot predict how long you will live or what your body mass index will look like. However, it can tell you a lot about your sensitivity to drugs, your family history or whether you are a carrier of monogenic conditions.
I was offered a genetic test by MyDNA that promises to let you know how your body metabolizes medications based on your genetic background. It might be crucial in the future when deciding about certain drugs for certain diseases. Here, I show you the results of my review.