Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Physician assistants

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Innovations in Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment: Quantitation of Amyloid Beta 40 and 42

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is highly prevalent, and its incidence is expected to double by 2050.1 Understanding the disease through early assessment and differentiating it from other forms of dementia can be helpful for physicians and patients. New approaches to assess... 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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Autoimmune Neurology—Recent Advances in Disease Identification and Treatment

Autoimmune neurologic diseases are more common than traditionally believed. The recognition of antibodies associated with these conditions has grown significantly over recent years, leading to improvements in diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Steven Vernino, Professor and Vice Chair for Academic Affairs,... 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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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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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