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Vaginitis — Molecular Testing To Address Diagnostic Challenges

Vaginitis is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in the primary care setting, affecting one in three women in their lifetime, but diagnosing its cause can be challenging.1 Dr. Dale Schwab, Senior Scientific Director, Infectious Disease, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute and... Read more 

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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis: The Role of Laboratory Testing in Disease Management

The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is primarily based on clinical criteria, but laboratory testing plays an important role in helping define the disease and manage therapy. Dr. Martin Bergman, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, Drexel... Read more 

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Epilepsy: How Next-Generation Genetic Testing Can Direct Therapy and Enhance Patient Care

Many types of epilepsy are associated with a genetic mutation, but determining the etiology of certain epilepsies remains a challenge. Dr. Scott Perry, Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Cook Children's Health Care System, discusses how advances in genetic testing, including... 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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Vitamin D Testing — Increasing Accuracy, Improving Patient Management

The National Institutes of Health are in the process of establishing a standardized approach for vitamin D Testing. This promises to improve the detection, evaluation, and treatment of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency by making measurements of serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin... Read more