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Sex Hormone Measurement: How Evolving Technology Has Improved Test Accuracy, Precision and Reproducibility

For endocrinologists, laboratory testing is critical for patient diagnosis and monitoring, and assays for sex hormone measurement are at the core of endocrine practice. While the limitations of traditional direct immunoassays have been widely documented, test methodologies based on mass... Read more 

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Clostridium Difficile Infection — Addressing a National Epidemic

In recent years infections caused by Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) have reached epidemic levels in the United States, accounting for 250,000 illnesses per year and 14,000 deaths.1 Recognizing its link to antibiotic use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention... Read more 

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Cardiovascular Disease — A Comprehensive Approach to Manage the Risks of Cardiac Events

Lowering low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is the primary target for cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk reduction and can significantly reduce the incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events.1 The latest guidelines, released November 2013, reiterate the need to continue to use evidence-based medicine... Read more 

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Hepatitis C — The Primary Care Physician’s Role in Reducing the Epidemic’s Impact

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is the most common chronic blood borne infection in the United States affecting approximately 3.2 million people. The majority are asymptomatic and remain undiagnosed for many years but 60%-70% develop chronic liver disease due to... Read more 

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Helicobacter pylori Infection — Testing Options for Accurate Diagnosis and Management

Helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection is extremely widespread, affecting approximately 50 percent of the world's population.1 While the overall prevalence in the United States is about 30%, prevalence in non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanic-Americans is 50% to 60%.2 Among immigrant groups... Read more 

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Vitamin D Deficiency — Identifying and Managing At-Risk Patients

National data demonstrate a marked decrease in vitamin D levels in the U.S. population over recent decades, prompting the assessment that we are facing a growing epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency.1 With the onset of Fall, and hours of sunlight... Read more