Expert Insights Newsletter by Medical Specialty - Women's Health/OB/GYN

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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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Osteoporosis: Identifying Risk to Reduce the Incidence of Bone Fracture

It is estimated that over 50 million older adults in the United States are affected by osteoporosis or low bone density. Over half of those 50 years or older are affected—10% with osteoporosis and over 40% with low bone mass.1... 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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Personalized Medicine in Women’s Health — How Molecular Diagnostics Enables Effective Intervention

Advances in molecular diagnostics have led to a more individualized approach to medicine in different clinical areas. Dr. Douglas Rabin, Medical Director, Women's Health, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the impact of molecular medicine on women's health and discusses how it is... Read more 

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Vaginitis — Molecular Testing To Address Diagnostic Challenges

Vaginitis is the most common gynecologic diagnosis in the primary care setting, affecting one in three women in their lifetime, but diagnosing its cause can be challenging.1 Dr. Dale Schwab, Senior Scientific Director, Infectious Disease, Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute and... Read more 

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Vitamin D Deficiency — Identifying and Managing At-Risk Patients

National data demonstrate a marked decrease in vitamin D levels in the U.S. population over recent decades, prompting the assessment that we are facing a growing epidemic of vitamin D insufficiency.1 With the onset of Fall, and hours of sunlight... Read more 

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HIV Management — The Evolving Role of the Primary Care Physician

The recommendation for universal screening of adolescents and adults aged 15 to 65 years for HIV infection, issued by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) in April 2013,1 highlights the growing role for primary care physicians (PCPs) in... Read more 

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Cell-free Fetal DNA Testing - The Benefits of Accurate Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing

The use of maternal serum screening has become standard practice to identify women at risk of having a fetus with chromosomal abnormalities. Screening identifies 80%-90% of affected pregnancies but its specificity is very low ' only 5% of those screened... Read more 

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HIV Testing — Genotypic Technology in Tropism and Drug Resistance Testing

HIV tropism is defined as the cell type that HIV is able to enter and infect. The identification that HIV frequently uses the CCR5 co-receptor for cell entry led to the introduction of a class of HIV drugs called the... Read more