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Testosterone Deficiency — Understanding a Complex Condition

Testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for adult men has increased dramatically in recent years.1, 2 Reflecting an increased awareness among physicians and patients about testosterone deficiency, as well as the impact of an ageing population, this trend has given rise to... 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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Knowing the score: Identifying patients at high risk of liver fibrosis from Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) affects up to a third of the general population. Patients with its more severe form, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), are at significant risk for developing end-stage liver disease. Strongly associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes,... Read more 

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Personalized Medicine — How Genetics and Genomics are Transforming Healthcare

Personalized medicine has gained much attention following the announcement of a national initiative to fund "a new model of patient-powered research…to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best... Read more 

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Hemoglobinopathy — Navigating the Complexities of Patient Evaluation and Test Selection

The detection and proper identification of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias is an important aspect of the evaluation of patients with anemia, microcytosis and erythrocytosis. Cathi Franklin, Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the complex nature of hemoglobinopathies and discusses factors to consider... 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