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    Negotiations in the lab

    Nov. 22, 2022
    Last month, MLO staff attended the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting and Expo in Phoenix, AZ. The in-person conference was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 and...
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    Observatory and Fast Facts

    Nov. 22, 2022
    Biomarkers that predict preeclampsia risk In a study of pregnant women in the United States, Cedars-Sinai investigators found that a specific imbalance of two placental proteins...
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    Drug of abuse testing and therapeutic drug monitoring

    In pharmacology, a drug is a chemical substance that produces a biological effect when administered to a living organism. Drugs are classified in various ways. One widely used...

    Molecular diagnostics in treating lower respiratory tract infections with consideration for antimicrobial resistance

    Nov. 22, 2022
    Despite global focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, the concern around antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has continued to grow, albeit a bit further in the background. In 2019, AMR was...
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    Hidden fentanyl: A harrowing holiday reminder

    Whether to accept and eat candy is a widely known quandary children face. It’s the predictable cautionary tale to avoid strangers. But what happens when every day, seemingly innocent...

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    Precision Medicine

    Understanding sepsis: The importance of biomarkers in early diagnosis

    It starts with a common infection leading to a chain reaction and deterioration of a person’s health. The symptoms are aggressive — including an accelerated heart rate, fever,...
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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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    December 2022 Q&A: Readers’ questions answered

    Nov. 22, 2022
    An issue that comes up for me again and again are questions from primary care physicians about interpreting positive drug screens and reflex confirmatory testing. Is there a table...
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    Guidance for choosing an LIS vendor

    Nov. 22, 2022
    Choosing a laboratory information system (LIS) vendor is an important process that will affect a laboratory for a long time. There are several factors and issues that laboratories...