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December 2012 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Fountain of Youth
December 28, 2012 4:21 PM by Michael Jones
It turns out the gym rats were right – it’s all about the protein. Maybe not anything found in our energy bars, supplements or shakes, but rather the protein found in our biological makeup. A research team at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota hasn’t Read More...
Trojan Macrophages
December 26, 2012 2:11 PM by Michael Jones
For as long as there have been laboratories, researchers have been working towards the future. When it comes to fighting off disease and infection, the human body is capable of so much -- but sometimes it just needs a little help. The goal is to ensure Read More...
New Wave
December 21, 2012 1:16 PM by Michael Jones
In a time of transition in the field of medical research, focus is shifting towards big data analytics. While the notion of information so dense it can’t be processed using traditional applications is intimidating, a DarkDaily news release noted “at least Read More...
Change of Pace
December 19, 2012 10:15 AM by Michael Jones
If money makes the world go round, then technology determines the how fast it spins. Electronics have steadily become both more reliable and more relied upon – sometimes keeping us alive – but will our technology ever truly match the efficiency of our Read More...
Gun Control: A Matter of Health?
December 18, 2012 9:32 AM by Valerie Newitt
The unfathomable tragedy in Newtown, Conn., has made millions of Americans sick at heart. It has also brought a national gun control discussion back into the scope of conscience. So it seemed a great irony to me that just about 3 miles from my home there Read More...
Bridging the Gap
December 14, 2012 4:54 PM by Michael Jones
Teamwork and technology are quickly replacing the concept of the one-man show. A recent news briefing noted on the major differences between Baby Boomer Physicians and even the doctors of Generation “X” versus the new hires of Generation “Y,” but who Read More...
Detection of Fungi in Clinical Specimens
December 12, 2012 5:07 PM by Kerri Penno
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) has published M54-A-Principles and Procedures for Detection of Fungi in Clinical Specimens-Direct Examination and Culture; Approved Guideline. The new document addresses the protocols for detecting fungi Read More...
Heavy Eyelids and Heavier Feet
December 12, 2012 1:12 PM by Michael Jones
Are you lost without that morning cup of coffee before starting your first set of runs? Apparently athletes are too. The use of caffeine in day-of-the-race energy supplements is common and widely accepted as helpful for athletes during endurance competitions Read More...
Another Day, Another Miracle
December 11, 2012 8:14 AM by Valerie Newitt
Medical miracles are becoming daily realities. People who might have died from one disease or another 50 years ago - or last year -- are living to see another day, another decade, another half century and more, thanks to advances in research, diagnostics Read More...
Real Life Gattaca?
December 7, 2012 12:55 PM by Michael Jones
I remember studying genetics in high school biology and watching Gattaca (1997), which genuinely blew my mind. On its own, genome sequencing seemed like a concept that science ripped directly from the pages of fiction. I could barely wrap my mind around Read More...
Dear Labby
December 6, 2012 3:58 PM by Kerri Penno
We're launching a new column in 2013 and we need your help. Melissa Scott is a senior consultant at Altegra Health, who works with clinical laboratories, physician offices, hospitals, academic medical centers and health plans on their billing, compliance Read More...
Suitcase School
December 5, 2012 1:00 PM by Michael Jones
Every day, laboratory technology is getting faster and more precise, but what about smaller? According to a recent Dark Daily news briefing , Australian pathologist, Dr. Tim Inglis, researched mosquito-borne illnesses on the move with a molecular pathology Read More...
Health-Conscious Holiday Gift Ideas
December 4, 2012 8:49 AM by Valerie Newitt
The season of holiday gifts is upon us - and the pressure to think of an appropriate gift, shop, buy, spend can certainly be detrimental to your health. My Dutch teacher (yes, I am learning to speak Dutch) has planned a Netherlands-inspired "Pakjesavond" Read More...


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