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Chronic Hepatitis B: The Role of HBsAg Quantitative Testing in Patient Management

In the United States, it is estimated that 850,000 to 2.2 million people are livingwith HBV infection1,2, with many unaware of their infection status.3 Those with chronic HBV infection may have no symptoms of liver disease, or they may have... Read more 

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Hepatitis C Virus – Identifying and Managing Resistance Associated Variants

The introduction of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs) has transformed hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment over the last 18 months. While the majority treated are effectively cured after a regimen of typically 12 weeks, there is a significant minority who are... Read more 

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Targeting Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among both men and women ' by far. In fact, more people die from lung cancer than from colon, breast and prostate cancer combined1. In considering the challenge of treating lung... Read more 

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Aspirin Resistance

Identifying Risk To Guide Patient Management Daily intake of low-dose aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) has been established as the standard of care in managing cardiovascular disease in the United States.1 While aspirin plays an important role in helping prevent cardiovascular events,... Read more 

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HIV Tropism - Genotypic Testing Methods As A Screen For Co-Receptor Antagonist Therapy

The identification of HIV tropism has led to the introduction of a new class of HIV drugs ' co-receptor antagonists. Dr. Richard Harrigan, Director of the Research Laboratories at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, discusses the nature... Read more 

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Neurome - Exome Sequencing for Neurological Disorders

Advances enabled by the human genome project have led to testing capabilities which generate vast amounts of genetic data. Identifying clinical useful information from within the mass of data has become a significant challenge. Dr. Joseph J. Higgins, Laboratory Director,... Read more 

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Vitamin D - Achieving and Maintaining 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Sufficiency

There has been growing evidence over recent years of the health benefits of vitamin D and the detrimental effects of vitamin D deficiency. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) published in 2011 by The Endocrine Society1, provides recommendations for the evaluation,... Read more 

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Vitamin D New Recommendations For The Prevention And Treatment Of Vitamin D Deficiency

There has been growing evidence over recent years of the health benefits of Vitamin D. Yet there remains uncertainty, even confusion, about the appropriate level of dietary intake of Vitamin D. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) recently published by The... Read more 

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Advances in Testing Technology

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a significant public health concern in the United States - chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most commonly reported notifiable diseases in the country.1 Edward (Ned) Hook, M.D., Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of... Read more 

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Infectious Disease Testing for Solid Organ Transplantation

What are the most important current issues and "hot topics" in the field of solid organ transplantation and associated screening for infectious diseases? One of the leading topics in solid organ transplantation (SOT) is the role of proper diagnosis of... Read more