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FDA approves first newborn screening test for intellectual disabilities

Federal drug regulators have granted approval for a first-of-its-kind blood test that can detect intellectual disabilities in infants by scanning variations in patients’ chromosomes that are linked to many developmental disorders. The laboratory test, known as CytoScan Dx Assay is made by medical technology company Affymetrix. It is the first FDA-approved test that analyzes the whole genome in a single procedure at very high resolutions. An intellectual disorder is a condition in which a person has limitations in mental functioning and skills such as communicating, taking care of him- or herself, and social skills. These limitations will cause a child ... Read More

VA hospital patients sought for intervention involving blood thinner Pradaxa


VA Hospital patients in the Denver, Colorado, area with a common heart condition who are taking the blood thinner Pradaxa (dabigatran) are eligible to participate in an intervention designed to determine why patients take and don’t take their medications. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality. It can cause blood clots, which can lead to stroke. Therefore, patients are treated with the blood thinner warfarin, which requires frequent lab monitoring and dose adjustment. The majority of veterans on warfarin are managed in anti-coagulation clinics staffed by pharmacists who routinely contact patients to remind them to get blood draws, to ... Read More