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Feb. 7, 2012
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Feb. 7, 2012
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Handheld device for doing blood tests moves closer to medical use
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Scientists are reporting a key advance in efforts to develop a handheld device that could revolutionize the complete blood cell count, one of the most frequently performed blood tests used to diagnose and treat disease. In a report in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry, they describe adding a key feature to their "blood lab-on-a-chip" that allows it to count white blood cells more accurately. More



Variant H3N2 influenza virus: What you should know
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Dr. Michael Jhung, medical officer in the Epidemiology and Prevention Branch of CDC's Influenza Division, discusses human infection with a new influenza A H3N2 virus being called "variant H3N2," or "H3N2v," for short. In this video report, Jhung reviews what is know about this virus and cases reported as of the end of 2011.
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When recruiting and training Generation Y to work
in medical laboratories

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Workforce issues in medical laboratories received special attention here at the 10th Annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine (FiLM) conference. Probably the major concern going forward is how to attract, train, and sustain adequate numbers in the medical laboratory workforce. Two speakers addressed medical laboratory workforce issues at a strategic level, with an overview about Speaking about developments in the United Kingdom and the United States. Executive Vice President Elissa Passiment, Ed.M., CLS (NCA), of American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), was one of the speakers. More

The laboratory diagnosis of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria
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Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare acquired stem cell disorder associated with periodic hemolytic events. This benign clonal condition is caused by the abnormal X-linked phosphatidylinositol glycan class A gene and has been associated with cytopenias and thrombosis. Recent improvements in PNH diagnostics relate to technical advances in flow cytometry, which can detect PNH cells at about 0.01 percent of total cells. More



Clinical trial could prove white blood cells help curb cancer
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At 66-years-old, Rene O'Reilly is a mother and grandmother fighting throat and lung cancer. Chemotherapy is working, but doctors say it won't save her life. She's turning to Dr. Dipnarine Maharaj, who may be able to help through a clinical trial out of his Boynton Beach practice. "I believe our clinical study is the only one of its kind using this method in the U.S.," said Dr. Maharaj. The doctor would infuse patients with white blood cells to attack the cancer, but a host of blood donors are needed so Rene can participate.
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More use of whole gene sequencing poised to play important new roles in microbiology and medical laboratory testing
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In clinical laboratories across the nation, microbiology has greatly benefited from the introduction of molecular diagnostics in clinical practice. Now the field of microbiology is poised to undergo a more profound transformation of clinical practice, due to advances in whole genome sequencing. More

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Lyme disease ticks endemic in Northeast, Northern Midwest
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The eastern half of the United States contains two main foci with a high mean density of infected ticks that can cause Lyme disease. One focus is between southern Maine and northern Virginia, and the other is primarily in Wisconsin, northern Minnesota, and an area of northern Illinois. Concerned that human tick reports are unreliable for determining areas where Lyme disease is endemic, researchers assembled a field staff of 80 tick hunters who meticulously worked at 304 sites from Maine to Florida in the most extensive mapping project of Lyme disease to date. More

Stem cell injections may fix damaged heart muscle
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After more than a decade of study, Toronto scientists have begun injecting stem cells directly into a patient's heart with the hope of fixing muscle damaged by a serious heart attack. So far, two patients have had the experimental treatment while undergoing open-heart surgery. The process involves extracting bone marrow from a patient's hip, processing the marrow to retrieve stem cells and then injecting the powerful cells into the patient's heart. More



Laboratory outlook 2012 ... and beyond
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Medical laboratory science is used to periods of change; 2011 was no exception. While there were no singular "dramatic" developments this past year, various threats and possibilities were concerns that, fortunately, never quite materialized ... yet. 2012 is here and many are left wondering what the future holds. More

Stem cells could drive hepatitis research forward
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Hepatitis C, an infectious disease that can cause inflammation and organ failure, has different effects on different people. But no one is sure why some people are very susceptible to the infection, while others are resistant. Scientists believe that if they could study liver cells from different people in the lab, they could determine how genetic differences produce these varying responses. More



A question of freedom for chimpanzees who spend lives in labs
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Rosie and Ken are 30-year-old chimpanzees who've never known a day of freedom. They were born in research labs and have spent almost their entire lives being experimented on by scientists in search of cures for human diseases.
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Study: Anemia complicates recovery after a stroke
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Being anemic could triple an individual's chances of dying in the year following a stroke, researchers said. Both anemia, which is a lack of healthy red blood cells, and stroke are common conditions among the elderly. Anemia is known to worsen the outcomes of people who have heart attacks. But the new study shows stroke patients are at higher risk, too. More
CellaVision Automates and Standardizes the Manual Differential

CellaVision introduces CellAtlas®, the perfect way to learn the basics of hematology cell morphology. This App for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch compliments our digital cell morphology portfolio, and is an educational tool to assist in the recognition and classification of blood cells, by utilizing mini-lectures and cell quizzes. More
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Structured data capture for non-interfaced labs

Learn how Aurora Advanced Healthcare is using LabDE to improve lab data entry workflow and increase data interoperability. LabDE automatically recognizes and highlights blocks of crucial text, including test name, code, value units, reference range and flags, and incorporates these fields as structured data into the EHR/LIS. Watch the video.
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