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Direct LDL Testing- Why should clinicians routinely request measured clinical laboratory values of LDL cholesterol?

This year on World Heart Day (September 29th), the World Heart Federation is asking for a simple promise: Eat more healthily, get more active, and say no to smoking. But as you know, it’s vitally important to recognize every day, not just on World Heart Day, that cardiovascular disease (CVD) isn’t simple,LDL Cholesterol Testing and is the world’s number one killer: over 17 million people die of cardiovascular disease every year. What many people don’t realize as they go about their day-to-day lives is that this disease is in fact 80% preventable. That’s right—80%! (more…)

AACC 2018 Preview: Three Things You Need to Know

The Can’t-Miss Show in the Clinical Laboratory Community

The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is holding its 70th Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo on July 29 – August 2, 2018 in Chicago! This is the largest global scientific conference and tradeshow in laboratory medicine, with ~20,000 attendees from around the world and offers The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) is holding its 70th Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo750 exhibitors.  AACC also provides Plenary Sessions featuring world-renowned scientists and scientific sessions covering a broad range of subjects at various experience levels,  and focused “Brown Bag” sessions that give attendees the opportunity to pose questions in small groups. So get those safety glasses ready for a conference that showcases “the cutting-edge science and technology shaping the future of clinical testing and patient care.” (more…)

Automating RPR Syphilis Testing: Workflow and Patient Care Benefits

Automating RPR Syphilis TestingSyphilis: From Near-Eradication to Resurgence

When it comes to syphilis, most everyone has the same first thought: Wait, didn’t we solve that a while ago?

Syphilis was almost eradicated in the U.S., but is now on the rise – and it’s reaching 20 year highs.

Europe has also seen a resurgence of syphilis. According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: “With the widespread use of penicillin, syphilis prevalence had significantly declined after World War II. However, in several industrialised countries a considerable resurgence occurred in the late 1980s.” In fact, the UK has recently reported ‘a 12% increase relative to the year prior and the largest number of diagnoses reported since 1949’ (more…)

Rheumatoid Arthritis & Vitamin D Deficiency: An Overview

What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body’s tissues. It predominantly impacts the lining of the joints, and affects up to 1% of adults worldwide.

What We Know About Vitamin D and Bone Health
Vitamin D (which isn’t actually a vitamin, but is instead considered a hormone) is essential to bone and muscle health. It helps our bodies absorb calcium and phosphorous – both of which are essential minerals for good bone health.

Is There a Link Between RA and Vitamin D Deficiency?
Over the last two decades, a number of studies have evaluated whether Vitamin D has an effect on rheumatoid arthritis – and what the correlation between the two may be. (more…)

From CLIA-Waived to Moderately Complex Testing: A POL Review

In a post on Using Point-of-Care Testing in the Physician’s Office, we discussed the advantages of performing routine lab testing in a Physician Office Lab (POL), rather than sending out samples to centralized laboratories.

Performing lab tests in your office helps avoid one of the few still-unaddressed-inefficiencies in patient healthcare: the sending out of samples and then waiting for results to come in.

But for many doctor’s offices there is concern and uncertainty surrounding the time, costs and process of making the switch to in-house moderately complex testing (more…)

Open Channel Clinical Chemistry Analyzers- Unleashing the Potential

clinical chemistry open analyzer reagent optionsDid you know you have the ability to unlock your instruments potential and add assays that are not offered by your instrument manufacturer? This open channel capability allows you to expand your test menu beyond your instrument manufacturers menu. This added benefit allows laboratories to enhance their test menu offerings by bringing in higher volume send out and niche testing. (more…)