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Urinary casts: Indicators of underlying clinical pathology

To take the January CE test online go HERE. For more information, visit the Continuing Education tab.      LEARNING OBJECTIVES Upon completion of this...
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Blood glucose monitoring

March 27, 2023
Blood glucose monitoring looks at patterns in the fluctuation of blood glucose (sugar) levels that occur in response to diet, exercise, medications, and or pathological processes...
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A decade lost to the drug crisis: Toxicology testing magnifies America’s misuse

Jan. 23, 2023
Ten years ago, drug overdoses claimed nearly 42,000 lives annually in the United States.1 By the end of 2021, that number climbed to nearly 108,000.2 Today, the drug crisis shows...
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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 a...
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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, researchers...
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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...