Engaging student journalists to promote health awareness

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Information is power, helping people to make the right decisions. At Quest, our data reveals insights which empowers better health.  Quest for Health Equity (Q4HE) is also empowering better health by supporting a group of aspiring health journalists. Healthy NewsWorks (HNW) empowers elementary and middle school students in underserved communities to become researchers, writers, critical […]

Catch me if you can: Biochemical testing strategies for the porphyrias

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Case 1: A 25-year-old female patient presents in the emergency room with severe abdominal pain, tachycardia and hypertension. Her medical record reveals that she has presented with the same symptoms several times over the last few years. Abdominal imaging and routine blood work have been normal. Case 2: A 60-year-old man presents with history of […]

An Unexpected Way to Save a Cancer Patient’s Life: Genetic Testing Prior to Drug Prescription

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The existence of adverse reactions to medical drugs has been burned into our collective psyche, from the fine print on every drug bottle, to the long list of side effects muttered quickly at the end of drug commercials. Often, we accept that while taking a drug may help you, there is a small risk it […]

Comprehensive Tick-Borne Illness Testing Leads to Better Patient Outcomes

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Ticks are expanding their habitat across the United States, leading to an increase in the prevalence of tick-borne illness. Since there are multiple types which vary regionally1 and co-infection with similar symptoms can occur, it can be challenging to determine which illness—or combination of illnesses—afflicts the infected person. In addition, patients are often unfamiliar with […]

Modified Two-Tier Testing (MTTT) Can Identify Early Lyme Disease in the First 30 Days

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Tick-borne disease is a growing problem across the country: According to the CDC, each year approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported, but recent estimates show the number of people who may get Lyme disease each year in the United States is closer to 476,000.1 While some patients show symptoms such as fever, rash, […]

Closing the Gap on a Decade Long Journey to Mental Health

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It is said that taking the first step is usually winning half the battle- and I would agree. However, sometimes that step is just the start of a long road ahead. As we celebrate Mental Health Awareness month this May, we need to recognize that diagnosing and treating these illnesses can be a complicated journey. […]

Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Over the last year, the COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every American, either directly or indirectly. The effects of COVID-19 can be felt in many ways. Whether through direct infection with COVID-19, caring for a loved one with COVID-19, the isolation due to lockdowns, unemployment, or being constantly reminded of the pandemic in […]

What’s in a Name? Classifying Variants in Our Genetic Code

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The question: What does this report mean? You are treating a patient you think has cystic fibrosis. You order full genetic sequencing for the gene that causes cystic fibrosis (CFTR), and the report reads: two variants identified, one “pathogenic” and one “variant of uncertain significance.”  What does this mean? Does your patient have cystic fibrosis? […]