Pres. Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

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Precision Medicine Initiative

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“‘Personalized medicine’ refers to the tailoring of medi- cal treatment to the individual characteristics of each patient. It does not literally mean the creation of drugs or medical devices that are unique to a patient but rather the ability to classify individuals into subpopulations that differ in their sus- ceptibility to a particular disease or their response to a specific treatment. Preventive or therapeutic interventions can then be concentrated on those who will benefit, sparing expense and side effects for those who will not.”

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Precision Medicine: Improving Health and Treating Disease

Last night, at his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new precision medicine initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

Many of you may be wondering: What exactly is “precision medicine,” and how can it transform medicine as it is practiced today?

Today, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” In too many cases, this “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t effective, as treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision medicine is an emerging approach to promoting health and treating disease that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles, making it possible to design highly effective, targeted treatments for cancer and other diseases. In short, precision medicine gives clinicians new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients.

This approach is already saving lives. Bill Elder, one of the First Lady’s guests at the State of the Union last night, was eight years old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, at a time when patients typically lived until only early adulthood. But in 2012, as a result of a collaborative effort between a patient organization, researchers, and a pharmaceutical company, a new drug was developed that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in about 4% of patients—those with a particular genetic mutation. Bill was among the 4 percent, and as a result, now looks forward to a long, full life and career as a primary care doctor. His story is a testament to the promise of precision medicine.

For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/21/precision-medicine-improving-health-and-treating-disease

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“Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development.  I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.  
 
In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable.  So tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.  We can do this.”

1/20/15 President Barack Obama in his  State of the Union Address

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National Institutes of Health – Precision Medicine

Friday, January 30th
President Obama hosts patients, clinicians, researchers, leaders in government and industry
to announce details of his Precision Medicine Initiative

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19 thoughts on “Pres. Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

  1. WH

    Friday, January 30, 2015

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama attends meetings at the White House

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    9:00 AM
    10:00 AM
    10:30 AM
    Vice President Biden addresses Democratic lawmakers at the Democratic Annual Policy Retreat
    Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Philadelphia, PA

    11:00 AM
    11:10 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks announcing his Precision Medicine Initiative
    at a gathering of patients, clinicians, researchers, leaders in government and industry
    East Room

    12:00 PM
    12:30 PM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    1:00 PM
    1:30 PM
    First Lady Michelle Obama hosts aa ceremony honoring the top 16 finalists for the American School Counseling Association’s National Counselor of the Year award

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
    4:00 PM
    5:00 PM
    6:00 PM
    7:00 PM
    8:00 PM
    9:00 PM
    10:00 PM

  2. Pres. Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative

    “Twenty-first century businesses will rely on American science and technology, research and development. I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicine — one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.

    In some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. So tonight, I’m launching a new Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier. We can do this..”

    1/20/15 President Obama

    • Precision Medicine: Improving Health and Treating Disease

      Posted by Jo Handelsman on January 21, 2015 at 05:36 PM EST

      Last night, at his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new precision medicine initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.

      Many of you may be wondering: What exactly is “precision medicine,” and how can it transform medicine as it is practiced today?

      Today, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” In too many cases, this “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t effective, as treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision medicine is an emerging approach to promoting health and treating disease that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles, making it possible to design highly effective, targeted treatments for cancer and other diseases. In short, precision medicine gives clinicians new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best for which patients.

      This approach is already saving lives. Bill Elder, one of the First Lady’s guests at the State of the Union last night, was eight years old when he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, at a time when patients typically lived until only early adulthood. But in 2012, as a result of a collaborative effort between a patient organization, researchers, and a pharmaceutical company, a new drug was developed that treats the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis in about 4% of patients—those with a particular genetic mutation. Bill was among the 4 percent, and as a result, now looks forward to a long, full life and career as a primary care doctor. His story is a testament to the promise of precision medicine.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/21/precision-medicine-improving-health-and-treating-disease

    • January 30, 2015

      Remarks by the President on Precision Medicine

      East Room

      11:19 A.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you so much, Elana, for that wonderful introduction. Let me just be clear, when I was 19, I was not doing genetic testing. (Laughter.) When I met Elana at the White House Science Fair last year, she tried to explain her research to me — and to help her explain her findings, she made these giant pink chromosomes out of swim noodles, which was helpful to me — (laughter) — because I know what swim noodles are, and I saw how they fit together.

      But I could not have been more impressed with Elana. And she represents the incredible talent and energy and possibility of our young people, and so I’m so proud of her and I’m so grateful that she introduced me here today. And she’s doing great at Harvard from what I understand. So those of you who are interested in purchasing stock in her — (laughter) — I’m sure she has an agent of some sort that you can talk to.

      We’ve got some folks here who are doing outstanding work to keep Americans healthy. We have America’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Sylvia Burwell. You can give her a round of applause. (Applause.) She’s worthy of it. We’ve got our Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy. Where’s Vivek? (Applause.) Stand up, Vivek. Our new Surgeon General. We haven’t had one in a while. (Laughter.) So we’re really happy to have him here. And he looks sharp in his uniform. We have Dr. Harold Varmus of the National Cancer Institute. Harold. (Applause.) We have the singing scientist, Dr. Francis Collins, of NIH here. (Applause.) And we have my science advisor, Dr. John Holdren, who does not sing. (Applause.) For anyone wondering, “Is there a doctor in the house?” — we have got you covered.

      We also have members of Congress who are here. Lamar Alexander from the great state of Tennessee is one of the Senate’s key supporters of encouraging medical innovation, and I’m so looking forward to working with him. Give Lamar a big round of applause. (Applause.) Senator Patty Murray is prepared to work with him on this issue. She couldn’t make it here today. But we do have on the House side, Congresswoman Diana DeGette, who is here and who is leading this effort in the House. We’re very proud of her. (Applause.)

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/remarks-president-precision-medicine

    • Why Doctors Are Trying A Skin Cancer Drug To Treat A Brain Tumor

      MARCH 26, 2015 3:52 AM ET AMANDA ARONCZYK from WNYC

      MaryAnn Anselmo feared for the worst when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor called a glioblastoma in late 2013.

      “You start doing research on that type of tumor, and you’re saying, ‘Oh my God, you’re history.’ It’s like a death sentence,” says, Anselmo, now 59.

      Only for her it wasn’t.

      Anselmo’s successful treatment shows how precision medicine — tailoring therapy to each patient’s genetic needs — is beginning to transform cancer care.

      At first, the outlook seemed grim. Although Anselmo’s surgeon was able to surgically remove most of her tumor, she couldn’t tolerate traditional chemotherapy that was the planned second step, and had to discontinue it.

      The chemo failure was the latest in a string of personal setbacks.

      The year before she was diagnosed with brain cancer, she’d lost her son to suicide. Weeks after that she was almost killed in a car crash outside a local mall. Her cancer was discovered after she had a dizzy spell, and her husband, Joseph, insisted she return to the hospital to have it checked out.

      After all that, Anselmo and her husband weren’t ready to give up on her cancer fight. He’d read about advances in targeted therapies — drugs that go after cancer cells at the molecular level.

      The family sent samples of her tumor samples for genetic testing to several leading cancer hospitals. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she was being treated, also did its own sequencing. They all found the same thing. Anselmo’s tumor had a BRAF mutation common in skin cancer, but very unusual for a brain tumor.

      Her oncologist, David Hyman at Memorial Sloan Kettering, enrolled Anselmo into a new kind of drug trial. Called a basket trial, the study is designed to include people whose tumors have the same kind of genetic fingerprint regardless of where in the body the tumors are found.

      For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2015/03/26/394327128/why-doctors-are-trying-a-skin-cancer-drug-to-treat-a-brain-tumor

  3. Hi CR,

    I like this: …” at his 2015 State of the Union Address, President Obama announced that he is launching a new precision medicine initiative that will help deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time.” This is too cool. What Mannequin could argue against something like this. Oh, wait – Gee, I forgot the GOP!

    I have to tie this all back to Social Science(s). If we can come up with “Precision Medicine Initiative”, then why can’t we come up with a “Precision Love Initiative” or for peace, or for non war & killing? Everyone wins–less war and more money for cool stuff like the “Precision Medicine Initiative”. I think deep down in our hearts–Yes We Can! Why Not?

    Thanks for post.

    • Hi Isaac!

      It would be nice if things in the world like war, poverty, crime, famine, hate could be stopped with such programs. SIGH! But you are correct in that the GOP Congress really COULD do things to ACTUALLY HELP all of America and not only the 1%.

      Medical advances are a good thing….the GOP Congress should help fund it. It is the humane thing to do.

  4. US pay and benefits rose by most in 6 years last year

    1/30/15 By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Wages and benefits rose at the fastest pace in six years last year, a sign strong job gains could be forcing companies to pay a bit more for workers.

    The Labor Department said Friday that the employment cost index, which measures pay and benefits, rose 2.2 percent in 2014, up from 2 percent the previous year. That’s the biggest gain since 2008. It’s also ahead of inflation, which rose 1.3 percent.

    Yet the increase is still sluggish by historical standards. In a healthy economy, the index usually rises at about a 3.5 percent pace.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-pay-benefits-rose-most-6-years-last-133709409–finance.html;_ylt=AwrTWVVCmMtU60cAZ6fQtDMD

  5. Advance Estimate of GDP for the Fourth Quarter of 2014

    Jason Furman January 30, 2015 09:30 AM EST

    Economic growth in the fourth quarter was consistent with a broad range of other indicators showing solid improvement in the labor market, rising consumer sentiment, increasing domestic energy security, and continued low health cost growth. The combination of consumer spending and fixed investment grew at about the same strong pace as in the third quarter, while more volatile factors that elevated the overall growth rate in the third quarter subtracted from it in the fourth quarter. The President’s approach to middle-class economics, including the proposals he will release in his Budget on Monday, would build on this growth while helping to ensure that our recovery is widely shared with all American families.

    FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

    1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) grew 2.6 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter of 2014, according to the advance estimate from the Bureau of Economic Analysis

    2. Real personal consumption expenditures, which constitute more than two thirds of GDP, grew 4.3 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter — the fastest single quarter since 2006

    3. In the fourth quarter, falling oil prices reduced America’s petroleum import bill to its lowest share of GDP since 2009

    4. Despite the recent strength of U.S. growth, the global economy has slowed in recent quarters, which is contributing to the declines in oil prices, along with other factors

    5. Real private domestic final purchases (PDFP) — the sum of consumption and fixed investment — rose 3.9 percent at an annual rate in the fourth quarter

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/01/30/advance-estimate-gdp-fourth-quarter-2014

  6. January 30, 2015

    Op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama on USAToday.com: Counselors build the bridge to college

    The following op-ed by First Lady Michelle Obama appeared this morning on USAToday.com and across Gannett platforms.

    Counselors build the bridge to college

    Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, it wasn’t exactly a forgone conclusion that I would go to college. Neither of my parents and hardly anyone in my neighborhood had gone beyond high school, and while my folks were determined to see me and my brother Craig get a good education, they weren’t exactly sure how to make that happen.

    I worked hard and got good grades, but I didn’t have much in the way of college counseling in high school. Fortunately, Craig was a couple of years ahead of me, and he had managed to get himself into Princeton University. So in addition to applying to one school because I liked the pictures in the brochure and to another because it was close to home, I also applied to Princeton, and my brother helped guide me through the process.

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/op-ed-first-lady-michelle-obama-usatodaycom-counselors-build-bridge-coll

    • January 30, 2015

      Remarks by the First Lady at the Presentation of the School Counselor of the Year Award

      East Room

      1:42 P.M. EST

      MRS. OBAMA: Thank you guys so much. (Applause.) Thank you, everyone. Welcome to the White House! Here we are!

      (Child cries.)

      MRS. OBAMA: I know. (Laughter.) Let him run free, it’s the White House! (Laughter.) We’ve done worse in this room. I am so thrilled to be here with all of you today.

      And I want to start by thanking the one and only Connie Britton for that wonderful introduction. Yes. (Applause.) But more importantly, I want to thank her for bringing us Tami Taylor. Now, Tami might be a fictional character, but she showed us the extraordinary compassion and commitment that school counselors bring to the students every day in real life, and for that we’re really grateful. And she’s also been just a tremendous friend and advocate, and she’s very cool and funny and all that good stuff. (Laughter.) So we’re thrilled to have her shed some light on all of you guys.

      I also want to thank the American School Counselor Association and its Executive Director, Richard Wong, for sponsoring the School Counselor of the Year award. And I want to recognize our semi-finalists and finalists who are up here on stage with me today. And I want to give a special shoutout to our School Counselor of the Year, Mr. Cory Notestine. (Applause.) Hey, mom. (Laughter.)

      My husband and I, we’re so proud of all of you –- all of you. And we are so excited to host the first-ever White House School Counselor of the Year Award Ceremony at the White House. Yes! (Applause.) This is good. You’re a lively bunch. (Laughter.) I don’t know what that says about the school counselors, but I like your spirit. (Laughter.)

      Now, as you all know, for decades, we’ve held the National Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony here at the White House, and we do this to send a clear message that we value our teachers. And we do it because we believe that good teaching is the key to achieving our national goals. It’s how we prepare our kids for good jobs and fulfilling lives. It’s how we ensure that our workers can compete in a global marketplace. And it’s also how we create a new generation of informed, engaged citizens and leaders.

      For more; http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/01/30/remarks-first-lady-presentation-school-counselor-year-award

  7. US consumer sentiment rises to highest level since 2004

    1/30/15 By PAUL WISEMAN – Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers are more confident than they’ve been since January 2004.

    The University of Michigan says that its index of consumer sentiment rose to 98.1 in January from 93.6 last month.

    Consumers say the prospects for the U.S. economy are the strongest in a decade, and half of consumers expect the expansion to keep going another five years.

    For more: http://news.yahoo.com/us-consumer-sentiment-rises-highest-level-since-2004-151834450–finance.html;_ylt=AwrTWVWkqMtU1kkAE9DQtDMD

  8. West Wing Week: 01/30/15 or, “Namaste Obama”

    Published on Jan 30, 2015

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President made history by being the first sitting President to make a second visit to India. He and the First Lady also traveled to Saudi Arabia to pay their respects to the late King. And back at home, the President convened a meeting with U.S. Mayors, and honored outgoing Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel. That’s January 23rd to January 29th or, “Namaste Obama.”

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