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Clinical Chemistry

Image: The complete extraction-free, fully automated Liaison XL 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D radioimmunoassay kit (Photo courtesy of DiaSorin).

Vitamin D Status Determined in Older Adults

Vitamin D has a known role in bone health, with growing evidence for beneficial effects on muscle strength and other non-skeletal outcomes. Vitamin D deficiency is often associated with adverse health outcomes in older adults. The circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) status predominately relies on UV exposure. More...
25 Jun 2019
Image: Lupus Erythematosus (LE) Cells are neutrophils that have engulfed lymphocyte nuclei coated with and denatured by antibody to nucleoprotein (Photo courtesy of Dr. Moustafa Abdou).

Cardiovascular Risk Biomarkers Found for JSLE Patients

Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease typically affecting women between the ages of 15 and 50, and symptoms flare up unpredictably. Approximately 20% of cases begin during childhood and in these patients the disease is suggested to be more severe. More...
25 Jun 2019
A new blood test promises near instant diagnosis of a heart attack using a newly discovered protein biomarker (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Novel Blood Test for Myocardial Infarction Tested

 The level cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyC) in the blood increase more rapidly after a myocardial infarction, and to a higher extent, than troponin. This means meaning that the new test can rule out a myocardial infarction in a higher proportion of patients straight away. More...
19 Jun 2019
Image: Research shows that trace metals concentrations in the blood may influence glucose regulation in pregnancy (Photo courtesy of bluehorizon).

Trace Metal Concentrations Influence Glucose Regulation in Pregnancy

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which a woman without diabetes develops high blood sugar levels during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes generally results in few symptoms; however, it does increase the risk of preeclampsia, depression, and requiring a Caesarean section. More...
12 Jun 2019
Image: The SEQPRO LIPO IS assay is for the genetic diagnosis of familial hypercholesterolemia (Photo courtesy of Progenika Biopharma).

Genetic Familial Hypercholesterolemia Prevalent in Premature CVD

Premature coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of mortality and morbidity. Increased low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) level is a major risk factor for CAD and thus the main target for its prevention. More...
12 Jun 2019
Image: The KRYPTOR compact PLUS fully automated random access immunoassay analyzer (Photo courtesy of BRAHMS).

Plasma Copeptin Reveals Presence and Severity of Liver Disease

Vasopressin (VP) is a hormone secreted by the pituitary gland in response to increased plasma osmolality, low plasma volume, and low blood pressure. Copeptin is a cleavage product of the C-terminal part of the VP precursor which correlates well with plasma VP concentrations and which is easier to measure reliably. More...
11 Jun 2019
Image: A molecule model of Apo E (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons).

Study Confirms Association of AD and High Levels of LDL Cholesterol

High LDL cholesterol levels have been linked to the risk of developing early-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). More...
10 Jun 2019


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