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Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine which proponents say focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems. Practitioners attempt to develop individual treatment plans for people they treat. Functional medicine encompasses a number of unproven and disproven methods and treatments, and has been criticized for being pseudoscientific. The discipline of functional medicine is vaguely defined by its proponents. Oncologist David Gorski has written that the vagueness is a deliberate tactic which facilitates the discipline's promotion, but that in general it centers around unnecessary and expensive testing procedures performed in the name of "holistic" health care. Personalized Medicine in Animal Models, Gene sequencing that entails predicting the probability of disease and instituting preventive measures in order to either prevent the disease altogether or significantly decrease its impact upon the patient (such as by preventing mortality or limiting morbidity.
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Scope and Importance:
Functional medicine addresses the underlying causes of disease, using a systems-oriented approach and engaging both patient and practitioner in a therapeutic partnership. It is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of medical practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.
Functional medicine is a form of alternative medicine which proponents say focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems. Practitioners attempt to develop individual treatment plans for people they treat. Functional medicine encompasses a number of unproven and disproven methods and treatments. Functional medicine significantly departs from mainstream medicine in its emphasis on treatments and concepts of health and disease which are not currently known to be effective or which have been shown to be ineffective by clinical research. Functional medicine typically seeks to provide chronic care management based on the assumption that "diet, nutrition, and exposure to environmental toxins play central roles in a predisposition to illness" and "provoke symptoms, and modulate the activity of biochemical mediators through a complex and diverse set of mechanisms. Functional Medicine is patient-centered medical healing at its best.
Overall sales U.S. market for new preventive healthcare technologies and serviceswere worth nearly $9 billion in 2008, which further increased to $11 billion in 2009. By 2014, sales are projected to increase to nearly $16 billion, for a 5-year CAGR of 8.2%. The sales in products were valued at $7 billion in 2008. It increased to $8.5 billion in 2009, and projected to reach $12 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 7.4%. Sales in the preventive healthcare technologies services were worth $2 billion in 2008, and increased to nearly $2.4 billion in 2009. By 2014, they are projected to increase to $4 billion, for a 5-year CAGR of 10.8%.
International symposium and workshops:
1. Genomics and Personalized Medicine
February 7-11, 2016, Canada
2. Genomics in Medicine
February 19-20, 2015, USA
3. Symposium: Personalized Cancer Medicine
June 29 - 30, 2015, France
4. JIM Symposium in Personalized Medicine
August 5, Sweden
September 22-24, 2016 Berlin, Germany
November 28-30, 2016 Chicago, USA
November 17-19, 2016 San Francisco, USA
April 25-27, 2016 Valencia, Spain
October 31- November 02, 2016 Valencia, Spain
September 12-14, 2016 Berlin, Germany
July 18-20, 2016 Berlin, Germany
October 13-15, 2016 Dubai, UAE
9. 10th Biotech Congress
July 25-27, 2016 Bangkok, Thailand
October 10-12, 2016 Dubai, UAE
11. 4th Plant Genomics Conference
July 14-15, 2016 Brisbane, Australia
12. Personalized Medicine World Congress
January 24-27, Silicon Valley
13. Realizing Personalized Medicine through Integrative Medicine, Science and Technology
July 10-15, 2016
Relevant Society and Associations
1. The European Personalized Medicine Association
3. European Alliance for Personalized Medicine
4. Biotechnology Industry Organization
5. American Medical Association
6. Society of general Internal medicine
7. International society of internal medicine
8. Canadian society of internal medicine
9. Internal medicine professional societies
10. Cornell internal medicine associates
11. Wake internal medicine associates
1. Fierce Biotech
3. PM coalition
5. Chapel Hill Internal Medicine
6. Erland Internal medicine
7. Comprehensive internal medicine
8. Dillon internal medicine
9. Annapolis internal medicine
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