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Rheumatoid Arthritis — Intervening Early to Improve Outcomes

An estimated 1.5 million adults suffer from rheumatoid arthritis in the United States, with the incidence two to three times higher in women than men.1 It is a condition that significantly compromises quality of life, and can increase the risk... Read more 

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Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia: Testing to Detect and Treat Imatinib Resistance

The introduction of imatinib (Gleevec®) in 2001 dramatically improved the prognosis of patients with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML). An important aspect of therapy is the regular monitoring of patient response to identify those patients who are resistant, or become resistant,... Read more 

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Meeting an Increased Demand for Laboratory Services as Healthcare Evolves

Increasing volumes, declining reimbursement and added cost pressures are just some of the challenges facing the hospital laboratory today. What strategies can laboratories pursue to meet these challenges and enhance the value they contribute to patient care and to their... Read more 

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Testosterone Measurement — Standardizing Testing to Increase Accuracy

Testosterone testing is utilized to diagnose and monitor a range of disorders in men, women and children but variability and inaccuracy often compromise testing reliability. Initiatives led by the Endocrine Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)... 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