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Submitting to the science of prevention

Wall Street Journal (subscription required), November 26, 2008

Emory University's Center for Health Discovery and Well Being is part of an effort to answer one of the most pressing questions for healthcare: how to reverse the growing burden of chronic disease. Many experts believe the answer is to shift the focus from diagnosing and treating disease to maintaining good health and prevention, and one way to do that is to tailor healthcare to each individual based on his or her unique characteristics. But the challenge is finding a way to do so that benefits the largest number of people and that doesn't waste healthcare dollars. Now researchers from Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Duke University, and elsewhere are convening at Emory to explore possibilities for predictive health and personalized medicine.