- medication /med-i-KEY-shuhn/
- lethal /LEE-thuhl/
- trigger /TRIG-er/
- prescribe /pri-SKRAHYB/
- probablity /prob-uh-BIL-i-tee/
[noun] – a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs, used to improve a particular condition or illness
He is currently taking heart medication.
[adjective] – able to cause or causing death; extremely dangerous
The cops discovered pistols, knives, and other lethal weapons in the automobile.
[verb] – to cause something to start
Certain meals are known to trigger headaches in some people.
[verb] – (of a doctor) to say what medical treatment someone should have
The drug is often prescribed to people with this kind of sickness.
[noun] – the level of possibility of something happening or being true
What is the probability of victory?
The British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians say that a genetic test can predict how effectively medications will work in your body. The tests may be available on the National Health Service (NHS) next year. Your genetic code, also known as DNA, is a set of instructions for how your body works. Pharmacogenomics is the science of matching medications to your DNA. Jane Burns of Liverpool, who lost two-thirds of her skin after a poor reaction to new epilepsy treatment, could have benefited from it. Stevens-Johnson syndrome, which affects the skin and is considerably more common in persons who are born with particular mutations in their genetic code, was triggered by her epilepsy medication.
Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed, from the University of Liverpool, said that we needed to move away from “one drug and one dose fits all” to a more personalized approach, where patients are given the right drug at the right dose to improve the effectiveness and safety of medicines. He also added, “what we’re doing is really going to a new era of medicine, because we’re all individuals and we all vary in the way we respond to drugs.” He claims that as we get older and are prescribed additional prescriptions, there’s a 70% probability that by the time we’re 70, we’ll be taking at least one drug that is influenced by our genetic makeup.
- Have you been taking any medicine lately? Can you share something about it?
- What is the one drug that you know is effective in easing pain? Could you tell me more about it?
- If you had knowledge, what sickness would you like to cure? Please elaborate on your answer.
- Do you believe that there’s a 70% probability that we’ll be taking at least one drug that is influenced by our genetic makeup by the time we’re 70?
- What do you think about medication matching to DNA?