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Ebola Outbreak: What Do You Tell Friends?
July 29, 2014 2:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
The most recent Ebola Virus outbreak has made the national news. This highly contagious virus of the family Filoviridae , genus Ebolavirus causes a hemorrhagic illness that approaches 90 percent mortality. This latest episode in West Africa has claimed Read More...
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Here's Another Opportunity to Help Physicians and Patients
October 19, 2013 7:20 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a recent article , Dr. Diane Shannon talked very poignantly of the reason she left the practice of medicine. Shannon said she was burnt out and wanted to be another addition to the statistic that suicide is higher among female physicians than among Read More...
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Speed Kills
December 9, 2012 10:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
As clinical laboratorians we are taught the importance of the information we provide for clinical decision making. Technology has made it possible to use small sample sizes to generate "numbers" in a very short period of time. Sometimes physicians (and Read More...
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World AIDS Day Recap
December 1, 2012 5:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day . This is the 25 th annual observance of the day originally organized under the auspices of the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise the awareness of HIV/AIDS and garner support for research, understanding, education Read More...
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Why Doctors Abuse Lab Tests
September 16, 2012 2:37 PM by Glen McDaniel
One of the most frustrating issues for clinical laboratorians is that clinicians continue to misuse laboratory testing. Laboratory utilization is a hot potato because of increased concerns with cost (to the laboratory and payer), extended length of stay Read More...
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Explaining Normal Blood Sugar Isn't Always Easy
May 13, 2012 8:05 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the dubious honor of being the medical go to person for friends and family when it comes to medical questions. Over the years I have taken the responsibility more seriously and regarded it as less of a burden. Being in healthcare administration Read More...
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No Diabetes Educator Role for Laboratorians
February 19, 2012 12:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
A certified diabetes educator (CDE) is a professional who is board certified to deliver education about diabetes-to the public, and especially to diabetics and their family. A CDE is supposed to be an expert on the basics of diabetes as well as the latest Read More...
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Second Opinion from the Laboratory
November 19, 2011 3:47 PM by Glen McDaniel
My friends and relatives ask me for medical advice all the time. I am sure other laboratorians have the same experience. I have had a diverse experience in healthcare including being an American Red Cross trained first responder. I have also spent a great Read More...
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Contagion: A Nice Nod to the Lab Community
September 14, 2011 1:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
I just saw the blockbuster movie Contagion and must say I was pretty impressed. When I watch a medical-themed movie, I always look at it with a critical eye. How factual is it? Is it authentic in terms of scenarios, equipment, procedures and vocabulary? Read More...
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APHL Asks For Help With HIV Algorithms
September 16, 2009 5:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
Back in 1989, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) issued a firm algorithm for diagnosing HIV; an algorithm that is still in use today as the gold standard. The patient is tested Read More...
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Keeping up With the Swine Flu Pandemic
April 27, 2009 5:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
You cannot turn on the TV or log onto any popular website like AOL without being greeted by the latest update on the swine flu pandemic. Over the weekend, I spoke with friends who were planning a vacation to Mexico next week and are now concerned about Read More...
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New Role for Old Test
March 17, 2009 9:47 AM by Glen McDaniel
Over the years, tests like CRP and ESR have fallen into the category of pretty useless tests when ordered by themselves. After all, they indicate an inflammatory process somewhere without being correlated to location, cause or degree. Cardiologists, for Read More...
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CEO Issues Infection Challenge
February 13, 2009 8:39 AM by Glen McDaniel
Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, in his recent blog "Running a Hospital," proudly published his hospital's nosocomial infection rate and boldly challenged other hospitals to do the same. He also threw down Read More...
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Spit Happens
November 3, 2008 10:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a lady at a party recently and she mentioned her sister had "a bunch of saliva tests" done, and one of them indicated she was at risk for Sjögren's syndrome , an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system cells attack the saliva- Read More...
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Americans Use Internet for Health Information
September 24, 2008 8:48 AM by Glen McDaniel
According to a recent study by the Center for Studying Health System Change , Americans are increasingly using the Internet to get health information. In 2007, almost 58 percent of the U.S. population--or more than 122 million people--sought health information Read More...
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