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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 

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Personalized Medicine in Women’s Health — How Molecular Diagnostics Enables Effective Intervention

Advances in molecular diagnostics have led to a more individualized approach to medicine in different clinical areas. Dr. Douglas Rabin, Medical Director, Women's Health, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the impact of molecular medicine on women's health and discusses how it is... Read more 

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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