Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen: How to Address Dementia, Autism, and Other Chronic Diseases with Genomic Testing

The growing movement toward personalized medicine is changing how we approach diseases in general. Rather than a one-size-fits-all solution, personalized medicine takes into account the high variability in genetics, environment, and lifestyle to offer a more tailor-made solution for each individual.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen about her work in genomics and how she is helping to pave the way for more tailored and effective treatments for chronic diseases. There’s a common misconception out there that many of the diseases we’re experiencing are due to our genetics. We begin our conversation by explaining what our genes actually do, and I explain why being predisposed to certain health issues is not the same as being predestined. Dr. Hausman-Cohen then talks about the difference between genetics and genomics—a field that didn't even exist when I went to medical school—and we explore how advances in genomics can offer a greater and personalized understanding of how to prevent and manage disease.

There are 7 million people with dementia in the United States and 55 million worldwide. Dr. Hausman-Cohen and I share patient cases that illustrate the potential for reversing cognitive decline, and she explains why it’s not always about what genes you have but what genes you don’t. We also discuss the similar health profiles we’ve observed in children with autism and adults with Alzheimer’s disease. And Dr. Hausman-Cohen sheds light on how helpful the genomic revolution can be in addressing our mental health crisis. Before our conversation, and out of my own curiosity, I did the IntellxxDNA genomic testing. Dr. Hausman-Cohen talks about what my test revealed and how I can apply its findings to support my long-term health. Personalized information about our own biology is the future of medicine, which is why I am so excited to share my conversation with Dr. Sharon Hausman-Cohen with you today. I hope you’ll tune in.

 

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