Walking blood bank can save lives on the battlefield
The medics of 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division are learning a life-saving measure that was first used in the Korean War 69 years ago—whole blood transfusion on the battlefield.
Crackdown on home genetic testing kits called by senior doctors
Consumer genetic tests have always had bold claims when it comes to their effects and what they can do to our bodies. Most of the time, they’re harmless by simply providing health information and ancestry data. But when push comes to shove, some of these health claims can actually be very harmful.
DIY balloon pump takes microfluidics to the people
A simple pressure pump, made from balloons and nylon stockings, means more people in more places will be able to test water contaminants and blood samples.
Urinary tract infections don’t always respond to antibiotics anymore, thanks to drug resistance
It’s a very common medical complaint, said Dr. David Patrick, an infectious disease specialist and acting lead of the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. It’s even, he said, the second-most-frequent reason women are prescribed antibiotics, behind respiratory infections.
The problem is, those antibiotics don’t always work.
It’s in your hands: Choose the right gloves to safeguard your process and your workers
To avoid contamination in your lab or cleanroom, you have to look at its primary source: People. They are a major contributor to process contamination if personal protective equipment is not used or is inadequate. That’s why it’s crucial to ensure that the barrier protection you select safeguards your process from skin flakes, oils and other human contaminants.
Fecal immunochemical test may be as effective as a colonoscopy
Doctors may begin ordering FITs in greater numbers, increasing the demand on clinical laboratories to process these home tests
All clinical laboratory managers and pathologists know that timely screening for colon cancer is an effective way to detect cancer early, when it is easiest to treat. But, invasive diagnostic approaches such as colonoscopies are not popular with consumers.
‘Superlab’ cancellation creating delays for patients: lab staff
A group of medical professionals is expressing concern about the provincial government's decision to scrap plans for the Edmonton Laboratory Clinical Hub, known as the “Superlab.”
University of Virginia researchers lead effort to reduce unnecessary medical tests
Unnecessary medical tests can add to a patient’s costs, discomfort and anxiety as more and more tests cascade in an effort to chase the cause of a symptom.
A doctor may order those tests out of a worthy desire to take care of a patient, according to University of Virginia researchers, but when the tests are not needed, they don’t add much value.
First Canadian healthcare provider to benefit from Atellica Solution
The DynaLIFE installation is the first in Canada to connect the Atellica Solution analyzers to Aptio Automation with third party analyzers also running on the automation line, creating a customized offering to meet DynaLIFE’s testing needs.
Did you know donating umbilical cord blood could save a child’s life?
July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month, and many parents are not aware of the option they have to donate it and the benefits that public donation can bring.
Cord blood is the term used for the blood collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after birth when a healthy baby is born. We asked clinical cell therapy expert Fabio Triolo, DdR, PhD, to share about the benefits of donating cord blood, and what steps to take to do it.
McMaster researchers use friendly viruses to make a gel that can heal itself – and you
McMaster researchers have developed a novel new gel made entirely from bacteria-killing viruses.
The anti-bacterial gel, which can be targeted to attack specific forms of bacteria, holds promise for numerous beneficial applications in medicine and environmental protection.
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