According to a press release researchers feel that anemia could be used to evaluate the burden and control of neglected tropical diseases (NTD) such as such as schistosomiasis and intestinal worms.
The study conducted by Imelda Bates (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK) and colleagues suggest since the incidence of anemia is objective and quantifiable it is easy to ascertain if the community is plagued with anemia. In many cases of NTD anemia is a major complication. Anemia can detected even in the most remote of places and it changes in a predictable fashion with alterations in the burden of NTDs).
Translating pharmacogenomics: challenges on the road to the clinic In a research in translation paper, Jesse J. Swen and colleagues review the limited successes of pharmacogenomics (individualized drug dosing based on hereditary factors) and discuss the remaining challenges to its widespread clinical use.