Pharmacogenomics is a relatively new field that combines pharmacology and genomics to determine the drugs and doses that would work best for each individual. When genetic information is available, family physician Dr. Rose Kenny determines the best course of treatment for her patients through pharmacogenomics.
What does Pharmacogenomics Mean For Patients?
Drugs have traditionally been developed with the understanding that they have the same effect on each individual. But the study of the structure of DNA, or genomics, has paved the path for a more personalized approach to drug development and use. Genetic makeup determines how well a drug will work for each individual, as some drugs may be effective for one person, while not offering great results for another. With pharmacogenomics, doctors can use the genetic makeup of a patient to determine the drugs most likely to work best, eliminating the prescribing of unnecessary drugs.
How Prevalent is Pharmacogenomic Testing?
Routine pharmacogenomic testing is currently only used for several health problems. But the field is on the rise and will most likely lead to more individualized treatment options and better drug management in cancer, asthma, heart disease, depression and other more commonplace disorders.
Dr. Rose Kenny practices Family Medicine in Redmond, Oregon the Family Care Clinic, which she has owned and operated since 2002. At her practice, Dr. Kenny aims to combine clinical practices along with informatics to provide the best course of treatment for each patient. She is working towards her Masters in Biomedical Informatics at Oregon Health and Science University.
Dr. Rose Kenny has been practicing Bikram yoga for several years in Redmond, Oregon. She is a physician at Family Care Center there and knows the benefits of regular stretching and exercise that Bikram yoga has for everyone. She recommends the practice to many of her patients, especially those who badly need to improve their circulation and muscle strength naturally. Here are three tips to get the most out of your next Bikram yoga session:
- Drink water. Bikram yoga differs from hot yoga only in the poses you typically do in the hot room. In a room over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and forty percent humidity, you’ll be sweating for the duration of the session. While sweating and stretching like this will do wonders for releasing endorphins and improving your circulation, it’s important to stay hydrated so that you don’t lose too many fluids.
- Don’t eat too much or too little before your session. You don’t want to be too full to constrict your movement, but you also don’t want to pass out in the middle of the session, either.
- Don’t overexert. Listen to your body during your session. You can cause yourself too much stress and pain if you overexert yourself in the hot room while doing all of the many poses in Bikram yoga.
Dr. Rose Kenny constantly preaches the benefits of hot yoga and Bikram yoga as a great way to release tension and toxins from your body. She looks forward to her next hot session.
Dr. Rose Kenny is a physician and Clinical Informatician for the Family Care Center in Redmond, California. She works with many different medical professionals to aid her in the primary and secondary care of families and all of their members in the area.
Dr. Kenny has learned many skills and practices to help her patients and colleagues, since she graduated from Tufts Medical School in 1995. She uses her many skills to assist in the presentation of medical files for medical professionals to use for all patients—information that is vital to the proper treatment of conditions and diseases.
When she can, Dr. Kenny also takes cooking classes. She recently discovered the wonder of culinary immersion classes that give her the full context of particular kinds of food from all over the world.
Dr. Rose Kenny loves culinary immersion classes because they usually tell the full story of how a particular dish gets to the table, in addition to learning how to cook in different styles and how to make specific dishes. These course often include a historical and cultural component in the classes, adding to the broader picture of flavors native and significant to certain parts of the world and in different cultures. Dr. Kenny wanted to get the full context of the food she eats and has learned how to make over time.
Dr. Rose Kenny continues to challenge herself to learn new cuisines and new skills in addition to her medical skills and education because she loves to learn and tries to grow in all areas she can outside of work.
Dr. Rose Kenny, as a physician for the Family Care Center in Redmond, Oregon, has had to deal with opioid overuse in many patients over the years. Throughout the country, more patients are getting addicted to the pain relief drugs prescribed to them by their doctors, leading to overdoses and other dangerous, unintended consequences.
Many treatment plans have been created to help people addicted to opioids throughout the country, but until 2016 there was no implant therapy on the market. That changed when the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first implant using bupreorphine for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.
Dr. Rose Kenny was very excited to see this new product get approved for use in the United States. She became certified in the use of Probuphine on patients struggling with addiction to pain pills. This new device, which was approved by the FDA in 2016, is designed to deliver a constant, low-dose of buprenorphine to the patient to help manage dependency.
In the past, buprenorphine, which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of opioid dependency, was only available to patients in pill form or as a thin film to be placed under the tongue. Now, with new buprenorphine implant technology, patients don’t have to remember to take their pills to be treated for opioid addiction. Dr. Kenny quickly moved to earn her certification in the use of these implants so she could help more patients.
Dr Rose Kenny has helped many patients manage their health and prevent health problems as a physician for many years.