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Optimizing STI testing with vaginal swab sampling

Nov. 20, 2023
Sexually transmitted infection (STI) rates are continuing to increase, especially among young people in their teens and early twenties. From 2020 to 2021, we have seen rates rise...
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Metagenomic surveillance for emerging diseases: An idea whose time has come?

Dec. 21, 2022
At their root, human beings seem an eternally optimistic lot. While historians, epidemiologists, and to some extent the rest of us are at least vaguely aware of such things as...
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Shining renewed light on a tried-and-true test: The critical role of osmolality in improving health outcomes in patients with hyponatremia

Nov. 22, 2022
Hyponatremia, defined as a serum sodium concentration of ≤135 mEq/L, is the most common electrolyte disorder encountered in clinical practice, occurring in up to 30% of hospitalized...
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Specimen collection and handling best practices and pitfalls

Sept. 21, 2022
More than seven billion clinical lab tests are performed in the United States each year, according to the American Clinical Laboratory Association.1 While most tests are effectively...
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Product Focus - Specimen Collection

April 20, 2022
Safety lancet for heelsticks MiniCollect PIXIE is a safety lancet designed for capillary blood collection by heelstick. There are three options available with varying incision...
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Thermo Fisher specimen collection device granted FDA EUA

Oct. 20, 2021
Thermo Fisher Scientific received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to run COVID-19 tests from saliva samples collected with ...
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Labcorp earns FDA EUA for COVID-19/flu home collection kit

Oct. 4, 2021
Labcorp received emergency use authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a combined home collection kit for a test that detects COVID-19 and influenza...
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Home blood collection device works for COVID antibody test

Sept. 8, 2021
A device that could make it possible for patients to draw their own blood at home was successfully used to collect blood samples for measuring antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, ...
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Study suggests testing saliva for COVID-19 comparable to nasal swab

Sept. 3, 2021
A team of clinician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) have demonstrated that tests of self-collected saliva provided comparable results to tests performed...
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Genesis HealthCare mandates COVID-19 vaccination

Aug. 6, 2021
Genesis HealthCare, a national post-acute care provider, announced that it is adopting a universal COVID-19 vaccination requirement for employees, care partners, and onsite vendors...
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FDA issues EUA for BD sodium-citrate blood-specimen collection tubes

July 27, 2021
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) for its BD Vacutainer Plus Citrate Plasma Tubes...