Expert Insights Newsletter

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Personalized Medicine — How Genetics and Genomics are Transforming Healthcare

Personalized medicine has gained much attention following the announcement of a national initiative to fund "a new model of patient-powered research…to accelerate biomedical discoveries and provide clinicians with new tools, knowledge, and therapies to select which treatments will work best... Read more 

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Hemoglobinopathy — Navigating the Complexities of Patient Evaluation and Test Selection

The detection and proper identification of hemoglobinopathies and thalassemias is an important aspect of the evaluation of patients with anemia, microcytosis and erythrocytosis. Cathi Franklin, Genetic Counselor, Quest Diagnostics, reviews the complex nature of hemoglobinopathies and discusses factors to consider... 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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Familial Hypercholesterolemia — Managing a Potentially Devastating Disorder

Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a genetic disorder, which causes premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and can lead to serious cardiac events in young patients, even those under 10 years of age. Dr. Seth Baum, Medical Director, Women's Preventive Cardiology, Boca Raton... Read more 

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Why Following the ADA Standards of Care for Laboratory Testing Makes a Difference

The growing prevalence of diabetes in the United States is a significant public health concern. Over the last thirty years the number of U.S. adults aged 18 years or older diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled - from 5.5... Read more 

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Reducing Cardiac Risk in Patients with Elevated Triglycerides

The primary objective in managing patients with high triglycerides is to reduce long-term cardiac risk. Dr. Douglas Jacoby, Director, Penn Cardiology Preventative Care discusses the importance of identifying metabolic syndrome in these patients and the role of advanced testing to... Read more 

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Latent Tuberculosis — Strategies for Early Intervention

About one-third of the world's population has latent tuberculosis (LTBI).1 Those infected with LTBI have a lifetime risk of 10% of developing active TB.1 In the United States it is estimated that there are 10 to 15 million with LTBI.2... Read more 

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Cardiovascular Risk — Identifying Outliers to the Guideline

The 2013 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Treatment of Blood Cholesterol provides a basis for assessing and reducing the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events in adults.1 The guideline identifies groups of patients most likely to benefit from statin therapy,... Read more 

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Epilepsy: How Genetic Testing Enables More Precise Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy

About a third of epilepsy patients do not respond to therapy, despite a thorough work-up and extensive testing.1 Genetic testing of these patients can identify specific syndromes and provide a basis for more effective treatment. Dr. Juliann Paolicchi, Professor,Clinical Pediatrics... Read more 

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Chikungunya: A Growing Public Health Concern for the United States

Last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had warned that the number of chikungunya cases among travelers from affected areas was increasing and these imported cases could result in local spread of the virus in the continental... Read more