Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Pathology, Laboratory Medicine

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Precision Medicine—An Evolving Role in Oncology

Recent advances in therapeutics and diagnostics are enabling a more targeted approach to treat an increasing number of cancers. Dr. Frederick Racke, Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology and Coagulation,Quest Diagnostics, reviews the evolution of cancer treatment and the increasing role played by... 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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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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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 

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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