PORTLAND, Ore., May 13 Dried blood spots are emerging as abreakthrough alternative to expensive serum collection and transport for bloodtests. In an article published in the March issue of Journal of DiabetesScience and Technology (2008; 2(2):242-3), Ramakrishnan Lakshmy, PhD, explainsthat the use of dried blood spots is a "powerful tool", for mass diseasescreening programs, especially in developing countries with limited healthbudgets.
The article highlights a paper written by scientists at ZRT Laboratory,LLC that reports the accuracy of dried blood spots in comparison with serumfor measuring risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, publishedin the same issue of the journal. The paper, "Cardiometabolic Risk FactorsAssessed by a Finger Stick Dried Blood Spot Method," by Sanjay Kapur, PhD,Sonia Kapur, PhD, and David Zava, PhD of ZRT Laboratory, Beaverton, Oregon,(J Diabetes Sci Technol 2008; 2(2):236-41), describes ZRT's methods formeasurement of insulin, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), andtriglycerides from dried blood spots and validates these methods by comparisonwith the same tests in serum. This research confirmed that dried blood spotsamples can be used as an alternative to serum for convenience of samplecollection and ease of transport, and in situations where conventional bloodcollection is simply not available.
ZRT's CardioMetabolic Profile tests key biomarkers includingtriglycerides, insulin, hemoglobin A1c and high-sensitivity CRP, an importantindicator of inflammation, giving test results that doctors can use toevaluate risk of developing type 2 diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease. Inaddition to this cardiometabolic risk testing, ZRT offers simple blood spottests for a wide range of hormones.CONTACT: Sanjay Kapur ZRT Laboratory 503-466-2445, ext. 212 ZRT Laboratory http://www.zrtlab.comAvailable Topic Expert(s): For information on the listed expert(s), clickappropriate link.Sanjay Kapurhttps://profnet.prnewswire.com/Subscriber/ExpertProfile.aspx?ei=66669
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