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Metametrix launches new vitamin K assay

Metametrix Clinical Laboratory : 07 October, 2008  (New Product)
Metametrix Clinical Laboratory has introduced the company’s new Vitamin K Assay, which is a testing profile that measures a functional marker of Vitamin K, undercarboxylated osteocalcin.
Metametrix is one of the first commercial laboratories to offer this type of vitamin K assessment.

Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that functions as a co-factor in the production of blood coagulation factors (in the liver), osteocalcin (in bone), and matrix Gla-protiens (in cartilage and vessel walls) each resulting in the deposition of ionic calcium. Vitamin K deficiency lengthens the time required for blood to clot, increases bone fracture risk, and may lead to calcification of the arteries. Individuals especially at risk for vitamin K deficiency include: those with bone loss or risk of bone loss, those on certain drug therapies, such as warfarin, and those with cardiovascular disease.

From a simple serum collection, vitamin K testing is the latest in a series of ‘Fat-Soluble Vitamin Profiles’ from Metametrix and is available as an add-on to its ION and Cardio/ION Profiles.
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