- Do you believe that there will be an easier way to treat illnesses in the future? Why?
- Why should treatments should be developed?
- major /MEY-jer/
- drug /druhg/
- claim /kleym/
- therapy /THER-uh-pee/
- treatment /TREET-muhnt/
[adjective] – more important, bigger, or more serious than others of the same type
Recently, there has been a major shift in attitudes.
[noun] – any natural or artificially made chemical that is used as a medicine
For his condition, he takes a variety of drugs.
[verb] – to say that something is true or is a fact, although you cannot prove it and other people might not believe it
I don’t believe him when he claims to have met the president.
[noun] – a treatment that helps someone feel better, grow stronger, etc., especially after an illness
Joining a club might be a kind of loneliness therapy.
[noun] – the use of drugs, exercises, etc. to cure a person of an illness or injury
He has visited the clinic for free dental treatment.
The British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians claim that a genetic test can predict how well drugs would work in your body. The tests may be offered on the National Health Service (NHS) next year. Your genetic code sometimes referred to as DNA, is a set of instructions that governs how your body functions. The science of matching medicine to your DNA is known as pharmacogenomics. It could have helped Jane Burns of Liverpool, who lost two-thirds of her skin following a bad reaction to new epilepsy therapy.
Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed of the University of Liverpool believes that we need to move away from the “one drug, one dose fits all” strategy and toward a more individualized approach, in which patients are given the right treatment at the right dose to increase medicine effectiveness and safety. He argues that as we grow older and are given more prescriptions, there’s a 70% chance that by the time we’re 70, we’ll be taking at least one drug that is influenced by our genetic makeup.
- What can the technology mentioned in the article do?
- What can the genetic test predict?
- What does pharmacogenomics mean?
- Who is Jane Burns?
- According to Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed, do we need to move away from the “one drug, one dose fits all” strategy?
- 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?