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New Target for Heart Disease Screening in Middle-Aged Black Women
September 30, 2016 3:59 PM by Michael Jones
[ Editor’s Note: This article was contributed by Allison Hydzik at UPMC. ] According to a recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and School of Medicine, middle-aged African American women have higher levels Read More...
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MLP Workforce Report
October 29, 2015 6:09 PM by Chelsea Lacey-Mabe
The attrition of lab professionals due to aging and retirement will open ample opportunities for new technicians and technologists. The need for diagnostic lab services will continue to increase with the aging population. Donning gloves, a protective Read More...
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New NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy
December 11, 2014 5:23 PM by Michael Jones
In the age of readily available genetic sequencing, the overabundance of data has been noted around the globe. As big data solutions become more common and diverse, the concept of data sharing has been a focal point of discussions regarding the future Read More...
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Unsung Heroes
August 29, 2014 1:53 PM by Michael Jones
I’ve discussed the spread of the Zaire ebolavirus before , but as it continues to overwhelm countries in West Africa, scientists have been able to track the virus in real time. A recent article from NPR followed a team of researchers as they collected Read More...
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Bears and 'Betes
August 14, 2014 3:47 PM by Michael Jones
Lately, I find myself becoming a little jealous of bears. That’s right, bears – but not for the reasons you might think. Sure, it’d be great to hang out in creeks during the summer months, eating nothing but fresh salmon and berries all day, every day. Read More...
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Smart Contacts
July 24, 2014 5:04 PM by Michael Jones
We’ve discussed mobile medicine and hand-held technology before, but a recent partnership between drug manufacturer Novartis and internet juggernaut Google takes the theory to a whole new level. The two companies announced their collaboration to develop Read More...
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A Pivotal First Step
July 10, 2014 3:01 PM by Michael Jones
Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Harvard Medical School recently discovered a connection between a form of liver cancer and two mutations in the IDH gene. Intrahepatic cholangiocarinoma (iCCA) is the second most common Read More...
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The Genetic ABC’s
May 16, 2014 2:00 PM by Michael Jones
Imagine adding letters to the alphabet. Suddenly after centuries of working with 26 letters, there are just whole new possibilities for different words and phrases that had never been explored before. How would we use the new letters? As it turns out, Read More...
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COLA Give Back Day
April 23, 2014 12:16 PM by Michael Jones
Not only does Medical Laboratory Professional’s Week (MLPW) celebrate the services provided by laboratorians throughout the year, but now it provides a platform from which to educate the public about the roles of these professionals and the potential Read More...
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"Missing Link"
April 7, 2014 1:36 PM by Michael Jones
Type 2 diabetes has been a growing concern in the United States for several years. While the established research has pointed to two specific hormones, glucagon and insulin, as the primary factors leading to the development of the disorder in patients, Read More...
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Crowdsourcing: Funding Vs. Information
February 13, 2014 2:22 PM by Michael Jones
In a recent post , I covered some unique opportunities presented by crowdfunding for technological advances in areas like molecular diagnostics. While the crowdsourcing mentality can work well in gathering funds for equipment producers, crowdsourcing Read More...
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Crowdfunding MDx
February 5, 2014 4:38 PM by Michael Jones
We’re all familiar with the popularity of crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter for both the largely successful and also the somewhat misguided attempts to gather funding for movies and music videos, but lately a much more serious group has turned to Read More...
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Geisinger Partners with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
January 21, 2014 11:49 AM by Michael Jones
The influence of genetic sequencing has left its mark across the healthcare industry. In a recent partnership with Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System, Regeneron Pharmiceuticals, who recently came out with Eylea for age-related macular degeneration, Read More...
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Multiple Genomes
January 3, 2014 5:34 PM by Michael Jones
The concept of genetic mosaics and chimeras in terms of our individual genomes has come up before , but continued research seems to be confirming the suspicion that there is no one individual genome lately. As I discussed in the last article, “chimera” Read More...
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Emerging PCR trends
December 27, 2013 2:50 PM by Michael Jones
Digital technology is a factor that affects almost every field across the country. Specifically, the implementation of digital counterparts to traditional tests and assays in the clinical testing industry has already started to leave a mark on the field. Read More...
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