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Reporting Hemoglobin A1c – SI or per cent?
September 30, 2014 9:59 AM by David Plaut
There was a point-counterpoint “debate” in a recent issue of Clinical Lab News. Arguing for reporting A1c as SI was Ian Young from Ireland; for keeping A1c as percentage -- at least in the United States -- was David Sacks from the NIH in Bethesda, MD. Read More...
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Going Beyond Lab on a Chip
April 1, 2014 2:30 PM by David Plaut
In my last blog, I touched on some ideas and tools that are being used to build “labs on chips.” The word “nano” (1.10-9) operates significantly in this area. If you were as excited and intrigued with that blog, read on! For now, we are going to discuss Read More...
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Lab on a Chip
March 25, 2014 11:54 AM by David Plaut
This is such a fascinating and significant area of our work that I am going to devote both this and the next blog to some recent articles that discuss Lab on a Chip. [There is a journal (Lab Chip) devoted to this. In the last 6 months at PubMed, there Read More...
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Book Offers Opposing Views of Stem Cell Use
May 25, 2012 10:46 AM by David Plaut
For a number of years, there has been a heated discussion about the uses of both adult and embryonic stem cells. I am not going to take a position on that question here at this time. But since it is a heated and often argued question, I want to make you Read More...
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Losing Weight--And Not Finding It Again, Part II
August 3, 2009 12:35 PM by David Plaut
Obesity is recognized as a serious chronic disease, but there is pessimism about how successful treatment can be. One pessimistic view is that almost no one succeeds in long-term maintenance of weight loss. For this blog, I will define success as "individuals Read More...
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Losing Weight--And Not Finding It Again
June 17, 2009 2:28 PM by David Plaut
The February 26, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine published an article comparing four diets: 1) 20 percent fat, 15 percent protein and 65 percent carbohydrates (low-fat, average-protein); 2) 20 percent fat, 25 percent protein and 55 percent Read More...
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Blood Substitutes
May 27, 2009 2:59 PM by David Plaut
Blood substitutes have been studied for at least 70 years; the search continues. All of the first and second generations of these replacements for human blood have been discontinued. Some of the third generation products have also been discontinued. There Read More...
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