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Personalizing Health Data

"Can the grassroots Internet do for health what it is doing for politics?" asks Esther Dyson in the Financial Times. She writes that the Internet has allowed people to become "vocal and engaged" in politics and that this has changed what they expect to know about their medical institutions. Electronic medical records are a step, she says, but people need access to their own data. She writes:

Not everyone will become a "self-quantifier", but the choices of those who do will shape overall consumer consciousness and, in turn, the products and services offered by restaurants and food companies, the popularity of gyms and exercise overall, and the role models we emulate.

HT: Genes to brains to mental health

The Scan

Could Cost Billions

NBC News reports that the new Alzheimer's disease drug from Biogen could cost Medicare in the US billions of dollars.

Not Quite Sent

The Biden Administration likely won't meet its goal of sending 80 million SARS-CoV-2 vaccine doses abroad by the end of the month, according to the Washington Post.

DTC Regulation Proposals

A new report calls on UK policymakers to review direct-to-consumer genetic testing regulations, the Independent reports.

PNAS Papers on Mosquito MicroRNAs, Acute Kidney Injury, Trichothiodystrophy

In PNAS this week: microRNAs involved in Aedes aegypti reproduction, proximal tubule cell response to kidney injury, and more.