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New Device Can Extract Human DNA with Full Genetic Data in Minutes
Take a swab of saliva from your mouth and within minutes your DNA could be ready for analysis and genome sequencing with the help of a new device.University of Washington engineers and NanoFacture, a Bellevue, Wash., company, have created a device that can extract human DNA from fluid samples in a simpler, more efficient and environmentally friendly way than conventional methods.The device will give hospitals and research labs a much easier way to separate DNA from human fluid samples, which will help ...
Posted on: May 18, 2013
New Test for H7N9 Bird Flu in China May Help Slow Outbreak, Prevent Pandemic
Breaking research appearing online in Clinical Chemistry, the journal of AACC, demonstrates that a recently developed diagnostic test can detect the new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently causing an outbreak in China.Since the end of March, 31 people have died from H7N9 infection, and the number of confirmed cases has climbed to 129. Evidence suggests that most H7N9 infections have arisen from poultry-to-human transmission, and that passage of the virus between humans is limited. However, ...
Posted on: May 17, 2013
DiaSorin Gets FDA Clearance for LIAISON Aldosterone Assay
DiaSorin Inc. has received FDA clearance for their LIAISON Aldosterone immunoassay. It is intended for the quantitative determination of Aldosterone in human serum, EDTA plasma and urine samples.Aldosterone is a mineralocorticoid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex. Its function is to increase sodium reabsorption in the kidneys. The test is primarily used for the diagnosis of hypertension, one of the most common diseases in the world and the primary cause of many of the cardiac ischemic and ...
Posted on: May 16, 2013
Professional Societies Delineate Concerns, Offer Recommendations Regarding Interim Pricing for Molecular Tests
A coalition representing over 120,000 medical and laboratory professionals and institutions that perform the vast majority of clinical molecular pathology testing in the United States released a joint statement Monday regarding new Medicare prices for those tests.The groups include American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA), American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American ...
Posted on: May 15, 2013
Stronger Together: Advanced Interoperability of Aperio Epathology and Leica Biosystems Solutions
Following the acquisition of Aperio, Leica Biosystems announced two software releases facilitating interoperability throughout the combined Aperio ePathology portfolio.Digital pathology users can now utilize images created on any of the ScanScope, Ariol or SCN400 Capture devices with a full range of Network software and Precision software solutions, for advanced sharing, collaboration and quantitative image analysis. Leica Biosystems now offers a full range of products for each step in the pathology ...
Posted on: May 15, 2013
Targeted Screening for C. difficile Upon Hospital Admission Could Potentially Identify Most Colonized Patients
Testing patients with just three risk factors upon hospital admission has potential to identify nearly three out of four asymptomatic carriers of C. difficile, according to a new study published in the May issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., analyzed stool samples from 320 patients showing no symptoms of C. ...
Posted on: May 14, 2013
NovoPath Marks 20 Years of Anatomic Pathology Market Success
NovoPath this month marks its 20th year of delivering management and reporting software solutions to anatomic pathology (AP) providers, after experiencing double-digit growth in 2012, a year marked by far-reaching business challenges. Recognized for its broad-based functionality and customizable features, NovoPath's advanced solutions support AP reporting, image acquisition, electronic sign off, voice dictation, billing, referring physician communications and more. Each year more than 4 ...
Posted on: May 13, 2013
Blood Sample Predicts if Cancer Patients Respond to Therapy
Karolinska Institutet and University Hospital have shown that a simple blood test canpredict breast cancer patients' response to therapy, how long treatment will be effectiveand survival. The results were being presented at the recent IMPAKT scientific conference inBrussels. The analysis measures growth rate and this is the first time ever thatone test has documented this by analysing a blood sample.The study (called TEX) included 287 women with breast cancer who were treated with ...
Posted on: May 11, 2013
Researchers Pinpoint Upper Safe Limit of Vitamin D Blood Levels
Researchers claim to have calculated for the first time, the upper safe limit of vitamin D levels, above which the associated risk for cardiovascular events or death raises significantly, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism(JCEM).There is increasing evidence that vitamin D plays a pivotal role in human physiology. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to cardiovascular events and mortality, but previous ...
Posted on: May 10, 2013
Johns Hopkins Pathology Joins PathCentral Digital Pathology Network
PathCentral, a technology-enabled company dedicated to the success of the international pathology community, today announced that the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's department of pathology will participate as a client in the PathCentral Pathology Network, the specialty's most comprehensive online information exchange and digital consultation forum. The PathCentral Pathology Network enables physicians to upload case files using digital images for pathologists to review and render ...
Posted on: May 09, 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton to Keynote ASCP 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York will be the keynote speaker at the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2013 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Chicago.Secretary Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from Jan. 21, 2009 until Feb. 1, 2013. Her "smart power" approach to foreign policy repositioned American diplomacy and development for the 21st century. Secretary Clinton played a central ...
Posted on: May 08, 2013
ASPYRA Announces CyberLAB 7.2.11 with Features to Improve LIS Ordering and Results Delivery
ASPYRA, LLC (ASPYRA) announced that the newest release of their browser-based Laboratory Information System (LIS) CyberLAB provides an enhanced rapid-order entry workflow option that can streamline order processing. In addition, an e-mail results delivery enhancement has been added which gives CyberLAB users additional options for delivering reports to their clients. Numerous other workflow, reporting and security features have been added as well.For more details, ...
Posted on: May 07, 2013
Sunquest Laboratory Receives 2014 ONC HIT Certification
Sunquest Laboratory Receives 2014 ONC HIT Certification Sunquest Information Systems announced today that Sunquest Laboratory version 7.0.1003 is compliant with the ONC 2014 Edition criteria and was certified as an EHR Module on April 24 by the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT), an ONC-ACB, in accordance with the applicable hospital criteria adopted by the secretary of HHS. The ONC 2014 Edition criteria support both Stage 1 and 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify ...
Posted on: May 07, 2013
ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1 Named Best New Life Science Product of 2012
At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, DC, SelectScience announced that ZEISS Lightsheet Z.1 has been awarded with the Best New Life Science Product of 2012 honors by members of SelectScience - an independent online publisher providing access to product news, reviews, techniques and expert opinion about the best laboratory equipment and latest techniques. The winning product is recognized as ...
Posted on: May 04, 2013