Decisions, Decisions. Noninvasive Prenatal Testing OR Maternal Serum Screening OR both OR neither?

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When noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) first became a reality nearly a decade ago, many involved in the care of pregnant women (clinicians and laboratorians alike) saw it as a game-changer. They thought the standard screening option for chromosomal abnormalities, maternal serum screening (MSS), would soon be obsolete.  NIPT is a powerful test for Down syndrome […]

ourPeople Stories: Quest’s Yammer helps make a lifesaving match

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Neil Barbot has been a Cytotechnologist at Quest Diagnostics for more than 30 years. In 2019, he learned his 36-year-old son Steven needed an emergency kidney transplant. A renal cell carcinoma condition had severely damaged his kidneys. The Quest community wound up being his last chance at finding a donor to save his son’s life. “We […]

Thanks for the answer, but that wasn’t my question: The pros and cons of secondary findings.

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With the advent of exome and genome testing, laboratories began to identify changes in genes (variants) unrelated to the primary reason for genetic testing. These findings became known as “secondary findings.” There has been debate among providers since the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) published and then revised their recommendations for a […]

MTHFR: Insights to Action

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M-T-H-F-R, 5 letters that often cause confusion among many healthcare professionals that stems from a large amount of conflicting information in the literature, as well as misinformation from the internet. Patients requesting MTHFR testing often do so after hearing that a family member tested “positive,” or after reading internet claims. MTHFR has been blamed for […]

Maddy Boehme’s Journey with Autoimmune Encephalitis

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In the field of rare diseases, all too often patients can find themselves caught in a long, stress-invoking diagnostic odyssey. Finding a name for the condition that plagues them can take many years that are filled with seemingly endless tests, procedures, and physician visits. Here is Maddy Boehme’s story about her search for a diagnosis. […]

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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For most of us, our memories are the most precious thing in the world—an incredible collection of experiences that have shaped us into the people we are today. But what happens when those memories are gone? I’ve experienced this personally with friends and family members. I’ve watched with my own eyes as someone I loved […]

ourPeople Stories: Iram Chaudhary

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Iram Chaudhary, Molecular Supervisor, Marlborough, Massachusetts, tells her story: “I was promoted to Molecular Supervisor in mid-July and I’ve been in charge of training personnel in the department specifically for COVID-19 testing. This includes everything from acquiring and organizing samples, testing using 3 different platforms, and evaluating results. We’ve never seen the volume of work […]

A Pandemic Can’t Stop Our Pride

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Quest’s Pride Employee Business Network (Pride Network) had big plans to celebrate Pride this year. The all-inclusive group planned to hold several company-wide initiatives and events for LGBT History Month in June. Events included scavenger hunts, a capstone event featuring senior leaders, and a special in-person event with the Hetrick-Martin Institute (HMI). The Hetrick-Martin Institute […]