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Point-of-Care Testing: Do the Benefits Outweigh the Challenges?

Efficiency in any workplace is vital—inefficiency costs money, wastes time, can affect quality, and can be very frustrating for employees and customers alike. In the healthcarePoint of care testing environment however, inefficiency can negatively affect patients’ lives by delaying diagnosis and treatment. Point-of-care testing (POCT) can provide a faster turnaround time than testing performed in the central laboratory, which leads to cost/time savings as well as improving outcomes. (more…)

Mononucleosis: The Forgotten Respiratory Condition

For patients and physicians alike, it may feel like we’re bombarded with flu warnings from all sides, especially after the brutal 2017-2018 flu season. Walk into almost any drug store or grocery store and you’ll see signs advertising that flu shots are available. Clinicians likely have signs in the waiting room reminding you to get your vaccination, and once the season starts, cable news will certainly report on the severity of the virus this year. (more…)

Flu Virus Transmission and Mutation: What does it mean to clinicians and patients?

2018 marks several interesting, historical anniversaries: the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote in Great Britain and Ireland, the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and the 100th anniversary of the Spanish Flu (H1N1) pandemic.  And while everyone loves a good monster story, it’s the CDC statistics from the 1918 pandemic that should truly scare you—approximately 500 million people worldwide were infected. That was one-third of the world’s population at the time! The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million across the globe, including about 675,000 in the U.S. The numbers are staggering, though the uniqueness of the time helped to create this disaster: WWI meant that many people were living in close quarters together, and the movement of huge numbers of troops helped to spread the disease across the country and then overseas.

According to the World Health Organization, the next pandemic is most likely to be caused by influenza. What does this mean for physicians and patients, and what can all of us to do prepare? (more…)

Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnostics and Treatment: What You Need To Know

The mention of STIs (sexually transmitted infections, also called STDs or sexually transmitted diseases) may make some flashback to junior high health class. Good news—this isn’t the 8th grade anymore! You’re Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnostics and Treatment: What You Need To Knownot stuck in a windowless classroom with 20 of your blushing peers and a teacher who, quite frankly, would rather be anywhere else. Now, you know the reality which is that STIs are a significant global public health issue. (more…)