Personalized Medicine

We hear this a lot now a days.. but what does it really mean? Personalized Medicine (PM) is a more recent effort to create therapies and solutions for individualized patients. Instead of looking at a disease as one entity, we use our new technology and new knowledge to breakdown the disease even further before we treat it. 

For example, we won’t treat all the lung cancer the same way, because the origins of the tumors from different patients can vary greatly. So once we figure out what type of tumor it is we will approach it with a method we know is reasonable. This sounds pretty obvious right? Like this is exactly what medicine has been doing all these years. But it hasn’t been the case for decades. 

This is partly due to the type of drugs that are available. Many drugs available for treatment were considered good when it worked in a majority of people. This has been due to the lack of understanding of many of these diseases on a molecular level throughout the years. But this article from the Washington Post does an excellent job talking about the emergence of personalized care and FDA approval of drugs that target a smaller population groups. 

But then of course comes the problem of finances, and how many of these drugs seem not viable due to the costs and the number of patients it will be able to help. Reading this made my insides turn. We have people out there working so hard to find a cure, both in a lab and hospital setting. They are working countless hours to treat these patients in anyway possible, and many find novel ways to help. But to say that it is not viable because of financial reasons, seems like we as a society are putting a value on human life too easily.

washingtonpost :. “This is going to be the beginning of a series of these lawsuits that could fix many of the problems in education systems nationwide,” said plaintiffs attorney Theodore Boutrous, […]

This is taking the stance that a teacher is the only contributing factor to a child education. It’s not.

Tenure was created to protect intellectual freedom for teachers. Without it, experienced veteran teachers could be forced out (and schools will save money not paying their “high salaries”). Young, new teachers will be afraid to take risks for fear of creating controversy.

This is a set back in the worst way.

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Teaser: New series on speed launches today. If you want more, see the whole series at http://wapo.st/speed2012. Also check out this very cool motion graphic + video for part one.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia — A very sad day in Addis Ababa this morning. Last week I posted a photo of Michel DuCille a three time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer for the Washington Post. It is with great regret for me to share that he has passed away at the ripe age of 58. Michel was originally born in Kingston, Jamaica but moved to the U.S. as a teenager. Last week at the Addis Foto Fest we exhibited, strategized and discussed our responsibility to empower snd educate the next generation of visionaries from Africa. At an Africa Union panel discussion last week, Mr. DuCille spoke with firm eloquence about reporting stories from a place of compassion and dignity especially when it’s people of color who are disadvantaged. Mr. DuCille was the quiet warrior. He volunteered to go to Liberia once ebola became a concern to the United States. He did this even though he beat cancer and had two knee replacements recently. Michel loved his job and he took great pride in his role in raising awareness. Mr. DuCille’s courage and coverage of ebola will probably win another Pulitzer Prize. He collapsed during a hike in Liberia Thursday while on assignment for the Washington Post. He was transported over dirt roads to a hospital over two hours away but was declared dead on arrival because of a heart attack. The Department of Health cleared Mr. DuCille of ebola on December 2nd but Michel felt he had to go back to Liberia because more work had to be done. While at the African Union conference Mr. DuCille challenged all of us to be part of the solution in not sensationalizing ebola and to help children who have become orphans. Being a journalist is tough job when the human condition is at need. Michel was a gift. He blessed us with a legacy of visual narratives, wisdom, class and a professional standard. A husband, father and teacher will be missed. Michel walked good. Let’s do the same. Photo by Russell Frederick @rfrederickphoto #legacy #photography #instagram #washingtonpost #addisfotofest #journalism #education #news #africa #ethiopia #ebola #liberia #family #respect #honor #pulitzerprize #warrior #angels #immigrant #addisababa #africanamerican #rfrederickphoto

 1. He knows his Tumblr all-stars.

Obama was joined by a bevy of Tumblr stars, including millennial advice guru Kelly Williams Brown; the folks behind the viral social justice campaign I, Too, Am Harvard; and the teacher behind the education blog Adventures in Learning.

The Tumblr-famous animator traceloops was on hand to provide live GIFs.
Just got called a tumblr All-Star! in the washington Post!

Still feeling very surreal….I was inside The White House yesterday! Crazy! currently sitting in Charlotte, NC…delayed… and thinking about how fast this trip was. Memories for a life time. I am so happy I got to help bring your voices to the Presidents. Plus there was a question about Student Voice… that made me very happy!

Will share more soon!

-Adventures in Learning AKA David Loitz