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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

Lowering LDL by machine vs. Vytorin and Zetia

Cholesterol-fighting medicine may fail some people, as the controversial and embattled drug Vytorin illustrates, but now medical technology provides a solution for those who just can’t lower their cholesterol any other way: a low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis machine. Think of it as a device that scrubs the blood clean, much like kidney dialysis, except that the machine targets and removes bad LDL cholesterol instead of the impurities removed by dialysis. The cholesterol machine draws the patient’s blood from one arm. It then breaks the blood down into red blood cells and plasma, sending the red cells back into the patient’s ... Read More