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Study ‘opens the door’ to troponin, diabetes link

May 2017—Clinicians and laboratories have only begun to wade into the depths of the FDA’s long-awaited clearance of a new-generation, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) assay for rapid diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Roche’s Elecsys TnT Gen 5 STAT assay received just such clearance in January. Yet researchers are already deep into investigations that may float new opportunities for high-sensitivity troponin T testing to the surface of medical diagnostics.

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HbA1c in CVD treatment: farewell to one size fits all

March 2017—Anchor. Central pillar. Cornerstone. It would be hard to find a weighty synonym for “linchpin” that hasn’t been used to describe HbA1c’s role in diabetes diagnosis and management since 2010, when the assay was recognized by key standard-setting organizations as the equal of fasting glucose and oral glucose tolerance testing in diabetes and prediabetes testing.

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More clarity over time for heart failure biomarkers

June 2016—Robert Christenson, PhD, a professor of pathology and of medical and research technology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, likens the U.S. mortality rate for myocardial infarction to three or four jumbo jets crashing daily. For heart failure, it’s about half that many deaths, “so maybe one and one-half jumbo jets,” Dr. Christenson said in a session on cardiac biomarkers at the CAP annual meeting last year.

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Heart biopsy the first step on a complex path

May 2016—The stories are haunting: a young, seemingly healthy athlete collapses on the playing field and dies. For Joseph Maleszewski, MD, section head of cardiovascular pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., these deaths also seem sadly familiar, especially given his work with the NCAA on such cases. “Every community, it seems, has a story,” says Dr. Maleszewski, who is also associate professor, laboratory medicine and pathology, and associate professor, medicine. “A child died on the basketball court, on the football field, while running track. These young athlete deaths are not uncommon at all—or even young nonathlete deaths.”

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