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March 1, 2011
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FDA approves first device for detecting norovirus
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first test available for detecting the presence of norovirus. Ridascreen Norovirus Third Generation (R-Biopharm AG) is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay test aimed at helping spot outbreaks early in situations where there is a clear avenue for virus transmission, such as sharing close quarters or food. More

Biomarker discovery may lead to reliable blood test for
ectopic pregnancy

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Scientists at The Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine report the discovery of protein markers that could provide physicians with the first reliable blood test to predict ectopic pregnancies. Their findings are presented in the Journal of Proteome Research. Ectopic pregnancies occur when a fertilized embryo fails to implant in the womb, often getting caught in the Fallopian tubes. More

Vaginitis diagnosis: An opportunity to improve patient care
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Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial diagnostic role in healthcare in the United States. That’s good news for pathologists, laboratory directors, and laboratory scientists. With the advancements in technology, laboratory test results are helping physicians make earlier and more accurate diagnoses. Numerous new diagnostic tests are available in the clinical marketplace. However, few of these assays possess the right combination of increased sensitivity, reasonable test cost, and the ability to significantly contribute to clinical care. More

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Fungus knocks out malaria in mosquitoes
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Scientists have come up with a new approach to controlling malaria. Instead of killing the mosquito that transmits the malaria parasite, the researchers have found a way to let the mosquito live, while killing the parasite inside it. More

CDC warns of possible measles exposure on several US flights
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U.S. public health officials warned people who have passed through a half-dozen airports over the past few days to be alert for symptoms of measles. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says a 27-year-old New Mexico woman flew from London Heathrow to Washington Dulles on Feb. 20. On Feb. 22, the unidentified woman flew from Baltimore/Washington to Albuquerque via Denver. The traveler became sick and was later confirmed to have measles, prompting concern for others passengers who might have crossed paths with the woman. More

Physicians to get relief from Medicare lab paperwork rule
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Responding to pressure from the American Medical Association and others, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has indicated that it will rescind a new Medicare rule requiring physicians to provide their signatures on requisitions for laboratory tests. Doctors had warned that the rule would have created paperwork headaches for medical professionals ordering and fulfilling lab test requests, ultimately having an adverse impact on patient care. More

PSA testing declines, a bit
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After the publication of interim results from two landmark prostate cancer screening trials, prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing declined "slightly" — but statistically significantly — in men 74 years and younger, according to the authors of a new study of Veterans Health Administration practice groups. More

Severe hemoglobin H subtype should be classed by itself
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A subtype of hemoglobin H disease distinguished by life-threatening anemia during infectious illnesses should be recognized as a clinical entity distinct from other thalassemias, all of which are becoming more common in the United States, according to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine. More

Controlling and preventing air- and waterborne infections
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Pathogenic microorganisms are transmitted in numerous ways in hospitals. One important consideration is the role that the environment plays in pathogen transmission, specifically leading to airborne and waterborne infections. More
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