Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Pediatrics

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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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Neurome - Exome Sequencing for Neurological Disorders

Advances enabled by the human genome project have led to testing capabilities which generate vast amounts of genetic data. Identifying clinical useful information from within the mass of data has become a significant challenge. Dr. Joseph J. Higgins, Laboratory Director,... Read more 

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Epilepsy: How Next-Generation Genetic Testing Can Direct Therapy and Enhance Patient Care

Many types of epilepsy are associated with a genetic mutation, but determining the etiology of certain epilepsies remains a challenge. Dr. Scott Perry, Medical Director, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Cook Children's Health Care System, discusses how advances in genetic testing, including... 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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Vitamin D - Achieving and Maintaining 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Sufficiency

There has been growing evidence over recent years of the health benefits of vitamin D and the detrimental effects of vitamin D deficiency. A clinical practice guideline (CPG) published in 2011 by The Endocrine Society1, provides recommendations for the evaluation,... Read more 

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Tuberculosis Remains a Serious Global Health Issue

Saturday, March 24 is World Tuberculosis Day, a day dedicated to raising public awareness that tuberculosis remains a serious global health issue, causing the deaths of several million people each year, and one that is becoming increasingly significant in the... Read more 

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Pediatric Diagnostics

Strategies for a Challenging Field Among the specific challenges of caring for pediatric patients are those related to diagnostic testing, in particular establishing accurate reference ranges (reference intervals) and the need to work with small sample volumes.1, 2 Dr Jon... Read more