InterGenetics Collects DNA Evidence from Thousands of Women, Seeks More

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InterGenetics has collected DNA data from 750 breast cancer survivors and more than 2,000 healthy women to validate its new genetic breast cancer predictive test OncoVue-BRE.

The Oklahoma City company is seeking 200 genetic samples from women diagnosed with breast cancer in the area to complete the final research phase of the test.

"OncoVue-BRE can predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer years before the cancer appears, giving her the opportunity to aggressively pursue options for combating the disease on a preventative front," said Craig Shimasaki, president and CEO of InterGenetics.

He said additional samples are needed to finalize the test. The company's scientists have discovered that analyzing algorithms of multiple genes is the best way to assess the risk of developing breast cancer.

InterGenetics is seeking women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to answer a questionnaire and provide a DNA sample using a mouthwash.

"The data gathered from these Oklahoma breast cancer survivors will be the final validation for the OncoVue-BRE test before it goes to the beta test phase on its way to the commercial market," Shimasaki said.

Smoking Web site

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has established a Web site to offer resources to employers, workers, policy-makers and the general public on secondhand tobacco smoke.

The site, www.breatheeasyok.com, includes information on health effects of secondhand tobacco smoke, smoking restrictions and Oklahoma laws on smoking in public places and workplaces.

Workers compensation seminar

Orthopedic Associates will present a workers compensation seminar from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 7 at Integris Baptist Medical Center.

Topics for the seminar, "Progressing the Workers Compensation Patient to Maximum Medical Improvement and Optimal Functional Capacity," include common foot and ankle injuries, treatment of common fractures in the workplace and hip and ankle arthroscopy.

Reservations are required. To register, call Susie Johnston at (405) 947-0911, Ext. 284, by Feb. 24.

HIPAA conference

A conference on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 21 at Silhouette, 3601 S. Broadway, in Edmond.

The conference, "HIPAA: Visible and Vulnerable -- Where to Focus Attention in the Next 51 Days," will provide information needed for compliance by the April 14 deadline.

"The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act contains many provisions that affect health care providers and employer health plans concerning the protection of the privacy of individual health information," said William G. Denison, featured speaker for the conference.

The conference is sponsored by Mid-Con Data Services Inc., a data management and storage company in Edmond. …