Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Family medicine practitioners

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The Genetics of Hearing Loss

Since the sequencing of the human genome, we have made major advances in our understanding of auditory physiology. There have been state-of-the-art developments in the diagnosis of hearing loss, and research continues to advance the use of gene therapy as... Read more 

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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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LDL-C Assessment: A Novel, More Accurate Estimate to Inform Clinical Decision-Making

LDL-C Assessment: A Novel, More Accurate Estimate to Inform Clinical Decision-Making The commonly used value for low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is not derived from direct measurement, but from an estimate. This estimate can be inaccurate, especially in the setting of... 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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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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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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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