Online Buzz: Biomarkers Help Predict Illness
You may not be familiar with the term "biological markers," commonly known as "biomarkers," but they are routinely used to detect and diagnose medical conditions, and hold promise for the development of individualized treatments for a number of diseases. Biomarkers can be used to measure specific health processes or illnesses in the body, including blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index and fasting glucose levels. Biomarkers also include substances such as genes, cells, proteins, antibodies, hormones, enzymes and other compounds.
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