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Handheld device for doing blood tests moves closer
to medical use

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From Feb. 7, 2012: Scientists are reporting a key advance in efforts to develop a handheld device that could revolutionize the complete blood cell count, one of the most frequently performed blood tests used to diagnose and treat disease. In a report in ACS' journal Analytical Chemistry, they describe adding a key feature to their "blood lab-on-a-chip" that allows it to count white blood cells more accurately. More

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Stubborn infection, spread by insects, is called 'The new AIDS
of the Americas'

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From May 29, 2012: Chagas disease, caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects, has been named "the new AIDS of the Americas" in a lengthy editorial published in PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The authors argue that the dangerous spread of Chagas through this hemisphere somewhat resembles the early spread of HIV. Chagas is also known as American trypanosomiasis, because the bugs carry single-celled parasites called trypanosomes. More

New 'Heartland' virus disovered in sick Missouri farmers
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From Sept. 4, 2012: Two men in Missouri who became severely ill after sustaining tick bites were found to be infected with a new type of virus, according to a study from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Both men were admitted to hospitals after experiencing high fevers, fatigue, diarrhea and loss of appetite. They were originally thought to be suffering from a bacterial infection, but doubts arose when they didn't improve after being treated with antibiotics. More

Study: Bacteria-immune system 'fight' can lead to chronic diseases
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From Aug. 8, 2012: Results from a study conducted at Georgia State University suggest that a "fight" between bacteria normally living in the intestines and the immune system, kicked off by another type of bacteria, may be linked to two types of chronic disease. The study suggests that the "fight" continues after the instigator bacteria have been cleared by the body, according to Andrew Gewirtz, professor of biology at the GSU Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection. That fight can result in metabolic syndrome, an important factor in obesity, or inflammatory bowel disease. More

Adiponectin level may influence dementia risk in women
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From Jan. 10, 2012: New data from the Framingham Heart Study hint that an elevation in adiponectin level may be an independent risk factor for all-cause dementia and Alzheimer's disease in women. Adiponectin, a hormone derived from visceral fat, sensitizes the body to insulin, has anti-inflammatory properties, and plays a role in the metabolism of glucose and lipids. More

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Scientists identify 2 new blood types
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From Feb. 28, 2012: Researchers at the University of Vermont have made a discovery that could save the lives of thousands of people. They've identified two new blood types called Langereis and Junior. A patient being able to know whether or not they have one of the two rare blood types could be the difference between life and death when it comes to organ transplants and blood transfusions. More

Supreme Court upholds healthcare reform law, including research-related provisions
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From July 7, 2012: In a 5-4 vote on the signature legislative achievement of Barack Obama's presidency, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the central, controversial provision requiring the uninsured to buy health insurance. ... With the law upheld in its entirety, provisions relevant to biomedical research and commercialization were preserved. More

Study: HIV undetectable in 2 men after bone marrow transplants
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From July 31, 2012: Following bone marrow transplants, two men infected with HIV no longer have any traces of the AIDS-causing virus in their lymphocytes, researchers report. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell and are a key part of the immune system. The U.S. researchers suspect that bone marrow transplantation along with continuation of antiretroviral therapy resulted in the dramatic effects evident eight months post-transplant. More

Absolute accuracy
Explore the value of reporting CBCs as absolutes instead of percentage differentials
ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
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From Jan. 24, 2012: A white cell differential performed with a complete blood count is a common test order. Doctors diagnose and track infections, leukemia and other conditions by interpreting cell lines reported as relative and/or absolute numbers. If your laboratory reports percentage numbers and your instrument reports absolutes, it may be time to upgrade your CBC to reflect your technology. More

When recruiting and training Generation Y to work in medical laboratories, US and UK face same challenges
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From Feb. 7, 2012: Workforce issues in medical laboratories received special attention at the 10th Annual Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine conference. Probably the major concern going forward is how to attract, train and sustain adequate numbers in the medical laboratory workforce. Two speakers addressed medical laboratory workforce issues at a strategic level, with an overview about developments in the United Kingdom and the United States. Executive Vice President Elissa Passiment, Ed.M., CLS, of American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, was one of the speakers. More

Scientists pinpoint antibody that may be specific to MS patients
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From July 17, 2012: Researchers have identified an antibody found in the blood of about half of patients with multiple sclerosis that is not found in people without the autoimmune disease. The implications of the antibody's presence aren't fully understood. But in rodents, the antibody binds to and damages brain cells that are known to be important to neurological function, according to the study. More

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