Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - General Health and Wellness

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Vitamin D and Its Benefits Beyond Bone Health

The role of vitamin D in relation to bone health has been well established. There is also increasing evidence suggesting an association between vitamin D and a wide range of other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and infectious disease.... Read more 

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Poppy Seeds and the Interpretation of Opiates Drug Testing

The presence of morphine in urine can be due to illicit drug use or poppy seed ingestion, giving rise to the "poppy seed defense" among those receiving a positive drug test result. This presents a challenge for physicians reviewing drug... Read more 

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BRCA Mutation Testing — Identifying Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Compared to the general population, patients with a confirmed BRCA mutation have a significantly increased risk of developing cancer during their lifetime - up to an 85% risk of breast cancer, up to a 40% risk of ovarian cancer, and... Read more 

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Developmental Delay: Genetic Testing’s Role to Help Guide Diagnosis and Treatment

Causes of developmental delay are typically identified by a combination of observation, physical examination, assessment of family history and a range of diagnostic tests. For disorders of uncertain etiology, chromosomal microarray (CMA) testing provides clinicians with an additional diagnostic tool,... Read more 

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Clostridium Difficile Infection — Addressing a National Epidemic

In recent years infections caused by Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) have reached epidemic levels in the United States, accounting for 250,000 illnesses per year and 14,000 deaths.1 Recognizing its link to antibiotic use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read more 

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Advanced Lipid Testing: Enabling a More Accurate Assessment of Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S. accounting for one in three (approximately 800,000) deaths each year.1 Strategies to reduce the burden of CVD focus on the three leading risk... Read more