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Mistakes at U.S. lab force hundreds of Zika tests to be repeated

Officials in Washington, D.C.'s public health laboratory had to repeat Zika tests for nearly 300 pregnant women, including two women who were...

Single mutation may impact infectivity of West Nile and similar viruses

A mutation that impacts changes in the shape of an essential viral protein may influence the infectivity of...

Harvard and M.I.T. scientists win gene-editing patent fight

The Broad Institute in Cambridge, MA, will retain potentially lucrative rights to a powerful gene-editing technique that could lead to...

AUDIT MicroControls announces new system specific kits for Abbott Architect i Series

AUDIT MicroControls, Inc. announced the following new additions to their complete line of calibration verification/linearity and...

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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...

February Magazine Articles

The value of the chromogenic activity assay in diagnosis and therapeutic...

Hemophilia A and B are X-linked disorders characterized by decreased functional factor VIII (FVIII) and factor IX (FIX) levels, respectively.

Insulin, insulin antibodies and insulin autoantibodies

Recently we have been queried about the relationship of insulin antibodies (IA) and the development of either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia in various persons with...

Complications resulting from uncontrolled diabetes

The rate of new cases of diagnosed diabetes in the United States has begun to fall, but the numbers are still very high. More...

Integration in digital pathology

As we approach the juncture when each patient will possess a universal electronic health record (EHR), the true importance of digital pathology is emerging....

Digital pathology enhances cancer diagnostics

New technology is transforming digital pathology and has the potential to enhance cancer diagnostics in several ways. These include improving the integration of data,...

The role of clinical informatics in patient care and resource management

The clinical laboratory today is under increasing pressure to perform more efficiently in light of growing healthcare demands. Encumbered by heavier workloads, increased documentation...

Better bioinformatics will help labs manage genetic testing

With the increasing complexity of genomic tests, clinical labs are under pressure to expand their bioinformatics capabilities and pipelines while scaling their operations for...

What’s new in today’s LIS?

The laboratory’s effectiveness in meeting patient care needs is closely supported by a laboratory information system (LIS) focused on laboratory workflow and the requirements...

The LIS in our patient-centric time

The laboratory’s role in patient care has been evolving and morphing for decades, but never more so than in the last three to five...

Physician office labs leverage information systems to prepare for more fee...

Physicians and their laboratories are adaptable folks, and the technology that they employ must also be adaptable. In recent years, physicians and physician office...

Special sample types for urine MDx

Thanks to their readily non-invasive availability, urine samples are among the oldest known diagnostic specimen types. Egyptian papyri from ~1350 BC describe a urine-based...

900 MHz wireless hospital temperature monitoring: an alternative to WiFi

Wireless temperature monitoring is becoming an increasingly attractive option for hospitals across the United States—and for the clinical labs within the larger institutions. The...

MLO February 17, 2017 LABline: ZIKV lab errors, Mutation may impact flavivirus infectivity, Fighting for gene-editing inventions, New additions from AUDIT MicroControls

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MLO February 14, 2017 LABline: Progress against C. diff, rapid Ebola test, septic shock surveillance

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