Using Blood Tests To Diagnose And Treat Disease

A researcher analyzes children's blood platelets to test the effectiveness of the experimental vaccine against malaria at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. - CELIA LEBUR/AFP/Getty Images

A researcher analyzes children's blood platelets to test the effectiveness of the experimental vaccine against malaria at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon.

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Using Blood Tests To Diagnose And Treat Disease

Advances in blood tests are giving doctors easier and faster ways to detect genetic defects, cancer and other illnesses. Please join us to discuss what we can learn from what's in our blood.

Blood tests have long been a routine part of medicine; complete blood counts,red and white cell counts, blood chemistry and a number of other tests give doctors valuable information about a patient’s health. But researchers are discovering blood tests may also offer critical information about an even wider variety of illnesses and conditions, including the early detection of some cancers and the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease. For patients, the chance to avoid invasive procedures such as biopsies and the prospects for earlier intervention are clear benefits, but there are ethical questions as well. Please join us to discuss what we can learn from blood tests in the future.

Guests

Dr. Luis Diaz

oncologist and researcher,Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center

Dr. Ash Alizadeh

assistant professor of medicine (oncology)
Stanford School of Medicine

Dr. Mark Mapstone

neuropsychologist and researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Nichole Pardo

practicing physician, Foxhall OB/GYN Associates

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