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Management of Patients with Diabetes and Resistant Hypertension

Diabetic patients with hypertension have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), necropathy, and chronic kidney disease compared with non-diabetics.1 Resistant hypertension is particularly concerning among diabetics. Dr. Vivian Fonseca, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Tulane University Health Sciences Center,... Read more 

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Mass Spectrometry—Applying the Gold Standard in Endocrinology

The availability of mass spectrometry is enabling higher levels of precision and reliability in laboratory diagnostics than has traditionally been possible. Dr. Michael J. McPhaul, Medical Director, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Quest Diagnostics discusses the growing application of mass spectrometry in... Read more 

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Big Data Analytics in Healthcare – How Laboratories Can Play a Leading Role

The capture and analysis of big data offers considerable potential to improve the quality of healthcare and gain insights into public health. Dr. Harvey Kaufman, Senior Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics, discusses this potential, and the important role laboratories can play... 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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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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Identifying CVD Risk in Women and Minorities: The Role of Advanced Lipid Testing

Standard risk assessment may underestimate cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in women and minorities, compounding the challenge of identifying risk in these populations. Dr. Karol Watson, Professor of Medicine/Division of Cardiology, Co-director, UCLA Program in Preventive Cardiology, discusses approaches to identifying... Read more