Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism

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Expanded Carrier Screening: New Guidance on Universal Testing

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has recently issued an opinion on the use of expanded carrier screening for genetic disorders.1 Lisa Blazejewski, Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the rationale for expanded screening and discusses its advantages compared... Read more 

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Osteoporosis: Identifying Risk to Reduce the Incidence of Bone Fracture

It is estimated that over 50 million older adults in the United States are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density. Over half of those 50 years or older are affected—10% with osteoporosis and over 40% with low bone mass.1... Read more 

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)—Making Sense of a Misunderstood Condition

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)—Making Sense of a Misunderstood Condition Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a commonly misunderstood condition with a misleading name. Dr. Andrea Dunaif, Charles F. Kettering Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, explains... Read more 

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Management of Patients with Diabetes and Resistant Hypertension

Diabetic patients with hypertension have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), necropathy, and chronic kidney disease compared with non-diabetics.1 Resistant hypertension is particularly concerning among diabetics. Dr. Vivian Fonseca, Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology, Tulane University Health Sciences Center,... Read more 

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Mass Spectrometry—Applying the Gold Standard in Endocrinology

The availability of mass spectrometry is enabling higher levels of precision and reliability in laboratory diagnostics than has traditionally been possible. Dr. Michael J. McPhaul, Medical Director, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Quest Diagnostics discusses the growing application of mass spectrometry in... Read more 

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Big Data Analytics in Healthcare – How Laboratories Can Play a Leading Role

The capture and analysis of big data offers considerable potential to improve the quality of healthcare and gain insights into public health. Dr. Harvey Kaufman, Senior Medical Director, Quest Diagnostics, discusses this potential, and the important role laboratories can play... Read more 

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Vitamin D and Its Benefits Beyond Bone Health

The role of vitamin D in relation to bone health has been well established. There is also increasing evidence suggesting an association between vitamin D and a wide range of other health conditions, including cardiovascular disease, cancer and infectious disease.... 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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Why Following the ADA Standards of Care for Laboratory Testing Makes a Difference

The growing prevalence of diabetes in the United States is a significant public health concern. Over the last thirty years the number of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled - from 5.5... Read more 

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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