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February 2009 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

In Lieu of Medical Advice
February 20, 2009 3:04 PM by Lynn Nace
Have you heard about the Web site, PatientsLikeMe ? It’s a forum for patients to share information about themselves on a variety of diseases--neurological and neuroendocrine conditions, mood disorders and immune illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. Also included Read More...
Newborn Screening Is a Big Win for Babies
February 19, 2009 1:33 PM by Kelly Graham
The times have caught up with the technology for newborns: All states now have laws and rules mandating the screening of all babies for a panel of serious genetic or functional disorders. All 50 states and the District of Columbia require every newborn Read More...
Tech Giants Team Up for Online Health Records
February 6, 2009 1:45 PM by Todd Smith
Google and IBM have collaborated on a system designed to allow patients to stream data from medical devices--such as glucose meters--directly to Google Health or other online personal health record services. Google Health, which was launched last year, Read More...
Clinical Diagnostics' Magnetic Attraction
February 5, 2009 1:30 PM by Kelly Graham
An interesting technology may some day change the way many enzymes, hormones and proteins are measured and at-home blood glucose monitoring is performed. Micromem Applied Sensor Technologies Inc. (MASTInc), a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Micromem Technologies Read More...
Blue Light Destroys Common MRSA Strains In Vitro
February 3, 2009 1:35 PM by Kelly Graham
Two common strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) were destroyed in the lab when exposed to a wavelength of blue light in a process known as photo-irradiation. Using varying dosages of 470-nm blue light, the US-300 strain of community-acquired Read More...
Blood Tests and Food Allergy Misdiagnosis
February 3, 2009 12:07 PM by Todd Smith
An interesting article in today’s New York Times cites simple blood tests as the culprit in the rise in food allergy misdiagnoses. The blood tests were introduced as an alternative to skin testing and the time-consuming “food challenge” test, which measures Read More...


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