Cough? Watch This TED Talk Before Reaching for the Codeine.
Cold and flu season is here, but could a popular cough medicine actually be causing more problems than its solving? Maybe, depending on your genetics as Professor Russ Altman explains in this TEDx video.
Russ Altman, MD, is Professor of Bioengineering, Genetics, and Medicine at the Stanford University Medical School, and one of the most outspoken proponents of pharmacogenomics. He and his team are part of PharmGKB, one of the largest online pharmacogenetics libraries in the world.
PharmGKB, isn’t just a compilation of studies – it provides guidelines and advice for prescribers. For example, their CPIC Dosing Guideline on clopidogrel can give individualized device based on a patient’s CYP2C19 genotype. Go to http://www.pharmgkb.org/guideline/PA166104948 to try the application.
Professor Altman’s talk was presented at a TEDx conference at Standford University in 2012. TED talks are academic conferences designed to highlight and spread scientific, technological, or sociological ideas. Presenters have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and Jane Goodall.