Health DisparitiesTraditionally, the practice of Medicine has been predicated on our identification of DNA differences between healthy people and patients. These differences have been guiding medical decisions. We have now generated strong evidence that “who we are” is just as important as any DNA differences.
Dimensions that can affect health outcomes
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Improving our Understanding of Disease
Our findings highlight the important need for a paradigm shift: research into understanding what sets disease in motion and shapes its progression needs to take into account previously unknown molecules as well as variables that up to now had been considered inconsequential. We discovered that personal attributes such as sex, race/ethnicity, population origin and age determine one’s propensity for a given disease, how the disease will progress, how severe the disease will be, what therapeutic options are available, etc. Our research aims at improving our understanding of these dependencies.Read More