SpectraCell Blog

SpectraCell Receives Patent on its LPP™ Cardiovascular Test

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Jan 28, 2011 @ 01:59 PM

Lipoprotein Particle Profile TestingHouston, TX- January 28, 2011. SpectraCell Laboratories has recently been awarded a patent on their Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ (LPP™) test which is used to measure cardiovascular risk. The LPP™ has been commercially available since 2006, and is a type of advanced cholesterol test that measures lipoprotein subgroups. The LPP™ gives more accurate estimation of cardiovascular risk compared to a routine cholesterol test.

The patent was awarded for use of a “Method for Analyzing Blood for Lipoprotein Components.” Specifically, the LPP™ test utilizes a patented analytical ultracentrifugation method for separating lipoprotein subclasses. This separation method for LPP™ originated at Texas A & M University and was further developed by Dr. Jan Troup, the inventor of LPP™ technology, who is also a member of SpectraCell's scientific staff.

“The LPP™ generally doesn’t cost the patient any more than a standard cholesterol test, but it gives the doctor much more relevant and accurate information.” states Dr. Jan Troup, PhD, and Director of Lipid Science for SpectraCell Laboratories. “Different lipoproteins respond differently to therapy, whether it is statins, fish oils or niacin, for example. The LPP™ enables the doctor to treat appropriately.”

In recent years, the medical community has discovered that, beyond “standard” cholesterol tests, an independent factor for heart disease can be determined by measuring the density and number of lipoprotein particles, to which cholesterol is attached. Patients with a normal cholesterol value, but abnormal particle sizes or numbers, can be at serious risk for cardiovascular disease.

In fact, The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) acknowledges that 50% of people that have heart attacks have “normal” cholesterol – that is, cholesterol below 200 mg/dL. NCEP recognizes four risk factors that are not measured with routine cholesterol testing but are all measured by the LPP™ test:

1. RLP – (remnant lipoprotein) more easily converted into arterial plaque than other lipoproteins

2. Lp(a) – a dangerous lipoprotein that contributes to clot formation

3. HDL2b – a type of HDL that indicates how well cholesterol is being cleared from your system

4. Small, dense LDL – easily penetrates vascular wall, causing damage and plaque

The main reason to know NCEP risk factors are that specific lipoproteins respond to specific therapies very differently. The LPP™ is part of the trend toward more individualized medicine. The LPP™ test, which is done on a fasting blood sample, is usually covered by insurance. Results typically take 3-5 days.

For more information, go to www.spectracell.com

OR

contact Dr. Jan Troup, PhD – Director of Lipid Science  at 800-227-5227

Dr. Jan Troup, Ph.D.

Topics: SpectraCell, lipoprotein particle profile, LPP, Cholesterol, Cardiovascular Health, diagnostic tools, Heart Disease, Lp(a), Lipoprotein Particles, NCEP, RLP, LDL and HDL, Patent, Dr. Jan Troup

SpectraCell's 2011 Educational Webinar Series

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

2011 Webinar SeriesJoin SpectraCell's 2011 Educational Webinar Series Every 3rd Thursday of the Month

Topics:

  • February 17th - Using Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Cardiovascular Health by Peggy Watson, M.D.   REGISTER HERE...
  • March 17th - Case Study Review: Treating Your Most Common Patient Complaints by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...
  • April 21st - Using Advanced Diagnostic Testing in a Concierge Practice by Shelena C. Lalji, M.D.   REGISTER HERE...
  • May 19th - Nutritional Considerations of Hormone Balance by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...
  • June 16th - Clinical Implications of Vitamin D and Calcium Deficiencies by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...

Time:

8pm eastern - 7pm central - 6pm mountain - 5pm pacific

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www.SpectraCell.com/Webinars

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Vitamin D, Cardiovascular Health, diagnostic tools, Calcium, deficiencies, Case Study, Hormones, Concierge Practice

Forbes Says You Should Know Tim Ferriss in 2011 (and SpectraCell)

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Jan 05, 2011 @ 02:18 PM

The 4-Hour Body by Tim FerrissRecently, Forbes Magazine published an article on "Names You Need to Know in 2011: Tim Ferriss".

Why Should You Know Tim Ferriss?

He is an accomplished 33 year old author, entrepreneur and public speaker who recently published a #1 New York Time's Best Seller, "The 4-Hour Body". He is also the author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich. He believes in the power of health and wellness to enrich and prolong our lives.

What is "The 4-Hour Body" About?

According to Mr. Ferris, his book is more than just a diet and exercise guide.  It is a book which combines the expertise and advise of countless doctors, athletes and peers, as well as his own findings.  This book is for men and women to learn more about how they can improve all aspects of their daily lives.

Why Does He Believe in SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

Tim Ferriss "highly, highly recommends" SpectraCell's micronutrient testing which measures 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. He believes in the power of nutrition and its ability to provide better healthcare. There is also overwhelming evidence that vitamin deficiencies are associated with chronic disease processes and the overall condition of one's health. These deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

What is SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients. It measure the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, providing a powerful clinical assessment tool.

These tests are designed to provide patients and physicians with the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available. As the only lab that can offer a truly functional intracellular testing, SpectraCell also provides targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for those vitamins and minerals found to be deficient.

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Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Antioxidants, diagnostic tools, wellness, Nutrition, deficiencies, health, intracellular, Tim Ferriss

Why SpectraCell?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jul 01, 2010 @ 10:59 AM

Why SpectraCell photo resized 600As medicine progresses in the pursuit of health and wellness, patient care is taking on a broader and deeper perspective. Our understanding of the importance of biochemical individuality and the role of subclinical deficiencies in chronic disease conditions continues to grow rapidly. It is the mission of SpectraCell Laboratories to provide the medical community with the information it needs to understand these developments and provide the diagnostic tools it requires to take full advantage of them.

About SpectraCell

SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc., is a specialized clinical testing laboratory company. We were established in 1993 to commercialize a patented, groundbreaking technology for micronutrient testing. 

 

The technology was developed at the University of Texas, by the Clayton Foundation for Research, as a diagnostic blood test for helping clinicians assess the intracellular function of essential micronutrients.

 

Since acquiring the rights to the technology, SpectraCell has become the premier provider of tests for identifying subclinical nutritional deficiencies. Our corporate headquarters recently expanded its state-of-the-art facilities in Houston, TX to encompass 30,000 square feet of laboratory and administrative space. This expansion was undertaken in response to the growth in demand for nutritional and cardiovascular testing that you, our clients, have generated, for which we are sincerely appreciative.

 

Our expanded laboratory enables us to handle increasing volumes while also providing the framework in which we can continue to develop additional tests while continuously maintaining our standards of high scientific quality. In short, we expect to serve you even better in the future. We serve the entire United States and several foreign countries.

 

A Window on Intracellular Function

We are passionate about our business - and committed to our client practitioners and their patients. We believe that optimal individual nutritional status is vital for promoting general health and preventing many specific diseases.

 

 

Topics: SpectraCell, diagnostic tools, wellness, Chronic Disease, health