Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - PCPs

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The Role of Interferon-Gamma Release Assays (IGRAs) in the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis

World TB Day, taking place on March 24, 2013, is an annual reminder of the global burden of tuberculosis (TB), raising awareness of efforts to control and prevent the disease.1 While TB mortality has fallen over 40% worldwide since 1990,... Read more 

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH) — Meeting the Diagnostic Challenges

PCOS is one of the most common endocrine abnormalities of women, affecting between 5% and 15% of women in their fertile years.1, 2 it has significant clinical features, which may be attributed to other causes if PCOS is not considered... Read more 

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Pain Medication - The Role of Genetic Variation in Drug Metabolism

Despite the widespread use of pain medications in the United States, there is little understanding among both physicians and patients about the potential variability in response to drugs commonly used for pain management. Dr Leland McClure, Director of Pain Management,... Read more 

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Managing Chronic Pain - A Structured Approach for More Effective Patient Care

Chronic pain affects a significant proportion of adults in the United States ' over 100 million Americans according to recent estimates.1 This is more people than are affected by heart disease, diabetes, and cancer combined, yet chronic pain management and... Read more 

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Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs): Advances in Testing Technology

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are a significant public health concern in the United States - chlamydia and gonorrhea are the two most commonly reported notifiable diseases in the country.1 Edward (Ned) Hook, M.D., Director, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of... Read more 

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Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids

A growing body evidence demonstrates the beneficial effects of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (ω-3 PUFA), yet ω-3 PUFA intake among Americans remains well below recommended levels1. Dr. Carl Lavie, Medical Director, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Preventive Cardiology, Ochsner Health System, New... Read more 

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New Trends in Prescription Drug Monitoring

Physicians treating patients with chronic pain face numerous challenges. Pain assessment, therapy selection, patient compliance and drug abuse are all significant issues. Dr Bill McCarberg, Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego and Founder of the... Read more 

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Vitamin D New Recommendations For The Prevention And Treatment Of Vitamin D Deficiency

There has been growing evidence over recent years of the health benefits of Vitamin D. Yet there remains uncertainty, even confusion, about the appropriate level of dietary intake of Vitamin D. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) recently published by The... Read more 

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Pharmacogenomics & Cardiovascular Outcomes

The study of how an individual's genetic inheritance affects his or her body's response to drugs is an important advance in cardiology related to pharmacogenomics. Pharmacogenomic tools can be very useful, but knowing how these tools are best utilized, how... Read more