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Ion Mobility Diagnostic Test from Quest Diagnostics is First to Provide Direct Physical Measurement of Lipoprotein Particles, Cardiovascular Disease Indicators, Study Finds
Date:6/3/2008

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Cardiovascular disease refers to a group of diseases that involve the heart or blood vessels and which have similar causes. These include hypertension, atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke, among others. Approximately 81 million Americans, or one in three, have one or more cardiovascular diseases, according to the American Heart Association. In many patients, cardiovascular disease progresses over the course of years, even decades, before heart problems are detected. The National Cholesterol Education Program recommends a blood test at least once every five years in all adults to measure total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. If a patient's total and LDL cholesterol is too high, a physician may recommend lifestyle changes and medication to bring the levels within a healthy range.

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Research efforts at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland are coordinated through Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI). CHORI was founded in 1970. The Institute supports basic and clinical research to improve treatment and prevent illness in children and adults locally and globally. CHORI links science and patient care through shared goals, strategic planning, co-recruitment, and fostering translational and clinical research. Nationally, the Institute is ranked in the top ten percent of Children's Hospitals and the top 6 of Departments of Pediatrics based upon NIH funding. Its outstanding faculty benefit from the academic freedom, supportive environment, affiliations with the University of California and entrepreneurial
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