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Zika linked to hearing and vision complications in adults

In a new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases, Brazilian researchers detailed three cases of acute, transient hearing loss in...

Last Zika zone On Miami Beach to be lifted

Miami-Dade County is Zika free. The last remaining zone, the areas between 8th and 28th Street on Miami Beach, are expected to...

Surgeon general calls youth e-cigarette smoking ‘a major public health concern’

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy released a report saying that while more research is needed on the health effects of...

Wearable device to detect alcohol levels in real-time

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is once again challenging the...

WHO prequalifies HCV rapid diagnostic test

WHO has just prequalified its first hepatitis C virus (HCV) rapid diagnostic test, a tool that will aid diagnosis of HCV in...

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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...

December Magazine Articles

Rediscovering urine chemistry—and understanding its limitations

Routine urinalysis is a cost-effective, non-invasive test used as an indicator of health or disease for metabolic and renal disorders, infection, drug abuse, pregnancy, and nutrition...

Urinalysis: Are we done spinning yet?

There are two laboratory tests that have remained basically unchanged for 100 years: manual blood smear differential and  urine microscopic analysis. The basic method...

A blood test for early detection of lung cancer

An immune response can reveal cancer. As a normal cell undergoes tumorigenesis, it expresses aberrant protein antigens, known as tumor-associated antigens (TAAs). They are...

MicroRNA: A tiny molecule yields big insights into disease states

Regular readers of this column will know that there are two main categories of nucleic acids—DNA and RNA. They’ll also know that while for...

MALDI-ToF is poised to speed diagnosis for bacterial and fungal infections

Helping clinicians quickly and effectively address the medical concerns of their patients should be the ultimate goal of any clinical laboratory. Delivering on this...

New testing options for Trichomonas vaginalis respond to growing awareness

Despite decades of epidemiologic research demonstrating that Trichomonas vaginalis remains the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States1 and globally,2...

Managing Mycoplasma genitalium infections during a rapid upsurge in antibiotic resistance

Mycoplasma genitalium is now an established cause of urethritis in men and pelvic inflammatory disease and cervicitis in women.1 While M. genitalium may not...

Neisseria gonorrhoeae susceptibility to ciprofloxacin

Neisseria gonorrhoeae has developed resistance to all antimicrobials currently available,1,2 and there are only a few novel antibiotics in development.3-5 New approaches for combating...

As ACOs evolve, the clinical lab’s role grows

There is now general agreement that a value-based model (quality of health outcomes per dollar expended), measured at the patient level, is the only...

Microfluidics in the clinical lab

There has been a great deal of hype for the last 20 years that microfluidics will revolutionize the use of the clinical lab by...

Microbiology enters the Age of Automation

Norman Sharples CEO, COPAN Diagnostics, Inc. Professional: Twenty-two years in the present position as Co-Founder and CEO of COPAN. Education: ...

A supplement for empathy?

In his 1972 novel Breakfast of Champions, the American writer Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007), wrote, “I tend to think of human beings as huge,...

The Observatory

Immunization CDC recommends only two HPV shots for younger adolescents. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that 11-12 year olds receive two doses...

Medicare’s local coverage decision process needs legislative fix

In recent years, the pathologist’s ability to make medical decisions in the best interests of patients has been adversely affected by faulty decisions in...

December 2016 Product Focus – POCT (plus New Products)

Wireless point-of-care system The new wireless BD Veritor Plus System gives healthcare providers and laboratorians objective, lab-quality immunoassay test results within minutes. This fast and...

MLO December 9, 2016 LABline: Adult-onset complications of Zika, Miami-Dade County Zika free, health implications of vaping youth, wearable device detects alcohol levels, HCV rapid diagnostic test

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MLO December 8, 2016 LABline: Zika viremia and fetal infections, 21st Century Cures Act, genetics and antimicrobial susceptibility, Streck receives European patent, the FADS1 gene

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