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Cardiovascular Risk — Identifying Outliers to the Guideline

The 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol provides a basis for assessing and reducing the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events in adults.1 The guideline identifies groups of patients most likely to benefit from statin therapy,... Read more 

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Epilepsy: How Genetic Testing Enables More Precise Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy

About a third of epilepsy patients do not respond to therapy, despite a thorough work-up and extensive testing.1 Genetic testing of these patients can identify specific syndromes and provide a basis for more effective treatment. Dr. Juliann Paolicchi, Professor,Clinical Pediatrics... Read more 

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Chikungunya: A Growing Public Health Concern for the United States

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had warned that the number of chikungunya cases among travelers from affected areas was increasing and these imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the continental... Read more 

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Hepatitis C: How Broad Screening and New Therapies Can Transform the Disease Burden

Approximately 3.2 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, with infection most prevalent among those born during 1945'1965. Less than half of those with HCV have been diagnosed.1-3 To address the impact of this... Read more 

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Proton-pump Inhibitors - A Strategy For Reducing Inappropriate Use

Proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are the leading therapy for upper gastrointestinal disorders, but their overutilization and inappropriate use is exposing patients to a range of potential risks.1 Dr. Aamir Ali, Assistant Professor of Medicine, George Washington University, discusses the growing concern... Read more 

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Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids — Measuring Blood Levels To Help Manage Cardiovascular Risk

While recommendations for dietary intake of omega-3 fatty acids to reduce cardiovascular disease risk are well established, debate continues about the benefits of omega-3 supplementation.1-4 Dr. Robert Superko, Chief Medical Officer, Celera, reviews the evidence relating to omega-3 intake and... Read more