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Vox HHS: The Personalized Medicine White Paper

The Health Populi blog has a post on personalized medicine, focusing on a white paper published this month by the US Department of Health and Human Services and last week's issue of Science. The HHS paper, entitled Personalized Health Care: Opportunities, Pathways, Resources, "provides a straightforward primer on genomics and health IT as the dual foundations of personalized health care," writes Jane Sarasohn-Kahn. She notes, however, that more attention should be paid to patient participation in the process:

We've learned a lot about informed consent, attention spans, and health literacy to know that engaging the patient/consumer is a major challenge. Here, the supporting roles of advisors, coaches, family, friends, and communities will be crucial building blocks, along with the sound science.


The Scan

Vaccine Update Recommended

A US Food and Drug Administration panel recommends booster vaccines be updated to target Omicron, CNBC reports.

US to Make More Vaccines for Monkeypox Available

The US is to make nearly 300,000 vaccine doses available in the coming weeks to stem the spread of human monkeypox virus, according to NPR.

Sentence Appealed

The Associated Press reports that Swedish prosecutors are appealing the sentence given to a surgeon once lauded for transplanting synthetic tracheas but then convicted of causing bodily harm.

Genome Biology Papers on COVID-19 Effector Genes, Virtual ChIP-seq, scDART

In Genome Biology this week: proposed COVID-19 effector genes, method to predict transcription factor binding patterns, and more.