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Plavix Biomarker Test Can Improve Patient Outcomes

In January, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released “Outpatient Prescription Anticoagulants Utilization and Expenditures for the U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population Age 18 and Older 2007,” a study from its October 2009 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS). This report found that anticoagulant drugs were prescribed to more than 4.2 million Americans at a cost of $900 million and were paid for by patients and/or third-party payers.

GeneNews Expected to Debut ColonSentry in New York by Year’s End

GeneNews is expected to debut in its ColonSentry colorectal cancer screening LDT in New York State either by the end of the year or within the first three months of 2011, according to an equities analyst.

Reni Benjamin of Rodman & Renshaw on Tuesday said GeneNews’s R&D partner Enzo Biochem’s clinical lab division has finished validating the PCR-based test, and is about to submit the final data package to state regulators.

Aterovax and Biomnis Join to Offer sPLA2 Biomarker to Trial Sector

Aterovax has teamed up with Biomnis to target the clinical trial industry with a new atherosclerosis biomarker, sPLA2, designed to give researchers better insight into a candidate heart drug’s therapeutic potential.

Unlike related biomarkers markers, which generally measure only one isoform of the human secreted phospholipases A2 (sPLA2) enzyme, Aterovax claim their new activity test is capable of measuring the “full family”.

Spinal-Fluid Test Is Found to Predict Alzheimer’s

Researchers report that a spinal fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Although there has been increasing evidence of the value of this and other tests in finding signs of Alzheimer’s, the study, which will appear Tuesday in the Archives of Neurology, shows how accurate they can be. The new result is one of a number of remarkable recent findings about Alzheimer’s.

After decades when nothing much seemed to be happening, when this progressive brain disease seemed untreatable and when its diagnosis could be confirmed only at autopsy, the field has suddenly woken up.

USC Studies Nitric Oxide’s Link to Asthma

Children with elevated levels of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNO) are at increased risk for developing asthma, particularly among children without a parental history of the disease, a study by researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has found. The study is published in the European Respiratory Journal.