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Atherotech to roll out new cholesterol test

BY Michael Johnsen

ATLANTA Atherotech and specialty retailer Any Lab Test Now last week announced the roll out of Atherotech’s VAP Cholesterol Test direct to consumers.

“We are excited to bring the VAP Test directly to consumers at such an attractive price point because it empowers them to manage their own health, gain more insight in their cardiovascular health and provide their health care provider with more information to accurately treat and manage their health,” stated Joe Neely, CEO Any Lab Test Now.

The VAP Cholesterol Test is an expanded cholesterol profile that identifies people at risk and is the first cholesterol test to directly measure LDL.

“Any Lab Test Now is a good fit for the VAP Test as it allows a growing population more access at an affordable price,” added Atherotech president Michael Mullen. “Our test gives people an opportunity to mitigate their risks that might have otherwise gone undetected.”

As part of the partnership, Any Lab Test Now will offer the VAP test individually for $79 and also include it as part of two value panels — the Metabolic Syndrome Panel ($229) and the Heart Health Panel ($279).

Founded in 1992, Any Lab Test Now is a franchise lab testing facility that provides medical lab tests to consumers and employers in a retail setting.

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Obama names NYC health commissioner new CDC director

BY Allison Cerra

ATLANTA President Barack Obama has chosen a new director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New York City health commissioner Thomas R. Frieden, an infectious disease specialist, is expected to take office next month, according to reports.

Pres. Obama has eyed to shift Frieden to the post for quite some time, reports said Friday. The health official led such crusades as banning smoking in restaurants and bars, and made the city the country’s first to ban the use of trans fats, which clog arteries and raise the risk of heart disease, from food prepared in restaurants, Reuters reported.

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Three N.Y. schools close for H1N1 outbreak, assistant principal in critical condition

BY Allison Cerra

NEW YORK Just when it seemed fear of the H1N1 influenza outbreak had subsided, three New York City schools closed Friday, with one school official in critical condition.

Education Department spokeswoman Margie Feinberg said maintenance crews were thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting two middle schools and one elementary school in Queens County where hundreds of students were sent home sick this week, the Associated Press said.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the school closures Thursday evening, saying four students and the assistant principal at the Susan B. Anthony middle school in Hollis have documented cases of swine flu. The assistant principal is said to be on a ventilator and in critical condition.

Meanwhile, the New York City Department of Education has developed a Web page to assure parents that the situation has been recognized and is being taken care of.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have reported over 4,700 cases of H1N1 across 47 states, including four deaths.

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