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Penn study identifies potent inhibitor of Zika entry into human cells

A panel of small molecules that inhibit Zika virus infection, including one that stands out as a potent inhibitor of...

NIH scientists identify early impact of Ebola virus on immune system

A new mouse model of early Ebola virus (EBOV) infection has shown National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists and...

Quest Diagnostics launches HBV test to help assess response to antiviral therapy

Quest Diagnostics announced the launch of a new test service that helps physicians evaluate a patient’s response to...

Malaria infection depends on number of parasites, not number of mosquito bites

For the first time, researchers have shown that the number of parasites each mosquito carries influences the chance of successful malaria infection. The finding has implications for vaccine development and...

Last week of MLO’s “Lab of the Year” nominations

Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO) is gearing up to honor three outstanding clinical laboratories. A first-prize...

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You’re doing WHAT??

So my father informed me this past weekend that he was participating in a research study that involves an infusion a week for 40...

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Reclaiming the clinical conversation: A challenge for the laboratory

Let’s start with some questions from the famous marketer Seth Godin: What would happen to your customers and to your prospects if you stopped...

January Magazine Articles

The role of next generation rapid diagnostics in combating HAIs and...

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, with the latest figures estimating that one in 25 patients suffer from at least one HAI

Back to basics: nucleic acid amplification in the clinical lab

Before we begin—a note from the author and editor: As “The Primer” enters its fifth year of publication, we thought that it might be...

The growing impact of cardiac biomarkers in clinical chemistry

Clinical chemistry measurements and calculations take into account an expansive set of analytes that reflect cardiac, liver, kidney, and other biological functions. Several of...

What have we learned about vitamin D?

Despite multiple studies and thousands of articles in peer-reviewed journals, there remains no consensus regarding benefits provided by vitamin D, beyond maintaining calcium homeostasis...

Proper patient preparation, specimen collection, and sample handling are critical to...

Garbage In, Garbage Out (GIGO), as the saying goes. This adage has been applied in a universal manner in addressing human errors. It certainly...

Liquid biopsy testing in monitoring TNBC

Of all the subtypes of breast cancer, the one patients and physicians fear most is triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). This cancer does not...

What’s the buzz in drugs of abuse?

Synthetic drug testing Forensic toxicology laboratories are seeing an increase in the number of first-time identified psychoactive substances. Illegal drug manufacturers modify the chemical composition...

How laboratories can drive a hospital’s strategic priorities

Laboratory directors report that the majority of their facilities test negative for strategic influence. This needs to change, and the good news is, it...

Helping clinical laboratories meet proficiency testing needs

Daniel C. Edson President, American Proficiency Institute Professional: American Proficiency Institute (API) President: 1991—presentSurveys (Proficiency Testing) Manager, College of American Pathologists:...

Good news: FDA backs off on LDT regulation

In August 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that within 60 days it would publish a draft guidance on the regulation...

The Observatory

Blood Lead Levels in Children 5 µg/dL(micrograms per deciliter) of lead in blood is cause for concern. 45 µg/dLof lead in blood recommends chelation...

Identifying and managing hemolysis interference with CBC specimens

Editor’s note: Anthony Kurec, MS, H(ASCP)DLM, is Clinical Associate Professor, Emeritus, at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. He is also a member...

January 2017 Product Focus – Microscopes

Reference guide Physician’s Office Laboratory Microscopy ATLAS, 4th edition, from American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP-PT) is a reference guide that focuses exclusively on the...

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