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BD’s Molly Broache, Associate Director of U.S. Medical Affairs, discusses the current state of STI testing in the U.S. with MLO editor in chief, Christina Wichmann

Molly Broache serves as Associate Director, US Region, Medical Affairs for BD Diagnostic Solutions and is also licensed as a women’s health nurse practitioner in both Maryland...

Working to advance pathology practices

In the Medscape Physician Burnout & Depression Report: “We Have Much Work to Do” released earlier this year, forty-nine percent of physicians told Medscape they...
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Next-generation sequencing in laboratory medicine

Advancements in sequencing techniques and the emergence of next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology have transformed laboratory medicine and clinical diagnosis. DNA sequencing...
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2024 lab management best practices trend back to the basics

The results of the 2024 Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO) State of the Industry (SOI) Survey on Lab Management Best Practices reveal how many lab professionals are turning to ...
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Understanding current and future uses of anti-Müllerian hormone in both clinical practice and research

As a woman ages, the consistency of ovulation and/or availability of viable oocytes (eggs) decreases, leading to difficulty in becoming pregnant. The current trend of women choosing...
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Molecular point-of-care testing offers hope to quell the STI epidemic

When expressing the breadth of the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), a colleague of mine often shares the stark perspective, “If you’re having sex, you...
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Dark Labs: Illuminating the future of fully automated diagnostic laboratories

In recent years, advancements in technology and workflow automation have been revolutionizing the landscape of medical diagnostics, giving rise to the concept of "Dark Labs." ...
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Dear API Abby

It’s back! Dear API Abby is here to answer a series of commonly asked questions about laboratory quality. This time, the American Proficiency Institute (API) is offering...

Lab best practices

In this issue of Medical Laboratory Observer, we are sharing the results of our State of the Industry survey on Lab Management Best Practices. The survey results provide insights...

Product Focus - Analyzers

Reliable, accurate chemistry testing The ACE Axcel Clinical Chemistry System boasts a small footprint and no external water system, waste drain, or analyzer cooling unit. Process...

Directing a winning lab

Avera McKennan’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine was MLO’s 2023 Lab of the Year. One thing that set your lab apart was your use of data analytics to...
Lab Safety

Product Focus - Lab Safety

Implement a laboratory safety program CLSI GP17 was written for laboratorians who are responsible for developing and implementing a safety program. Aspects of a safety program...
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Molecular testing supports early, effective use of ESR1-targeting therapies

A very important change in the breast cancer treatment landscape has made it necessary to expand access to routine testing for acquired genetic variants in patients: the availability...
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How addressing bullying in medical labs will improve overall retention

It is well established that medical laboratories continue to face an unprecedented staffing crisis that is putting a strain on patient care and healthcare systems across the country...
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The role of training in error prevention for clinical laboratory professionals

Every day, clinical laboratory professionals stand at the vanguard of patient safety by ensuring that errors in laboratory testing are either prevented or identified and managed...
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Transforming infection detection with the CBC-Diff

In a world overpopulated by pathogens, the human immune system has evolved to protect against pathogens that are, themselves, continually evolving. Host immune response to infection...
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2024 Lab of the Year Runner Up: Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories

Wisconsin Diagnostic Laboratories (WDL) is one of the recipients of MLO’s 2024 Lab of the Year Runner Up Awards! WDL is located in the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center ...

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Testing for inflammation

To take the test online go HERE. For more information, visit the Continuing Education tab. LEARNING OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this article, the reader will be able to: 1. ...

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CDC announces important advances in protecting Americans from heat

New Heat and Health Initiative, developed in response to increased health risks from heat exposure, aims to improve American’s ability to stay safe during heat events.