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Get Back to Basics: Ebola and Other Things
October 22, 2014 5:46 PM by Glen McDaniel
It is extremely important to get back to basics in whatever we do. This simple edict is so often ignored because- well, because it is so basic. We tend to go for the complicated and glitzy. I thought about this truism when the CDC issued its new more Read More...
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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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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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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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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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Universal HIV Screening
June 16, 2008 10:52 AM by Glen McDaniel
In September 2006, the CDC issued new guidelines recommending a wider screening of the general public for HIV. This aggressive guideline resulted from the finding that of new HIV diagnosis, almost a half (over 40 percent) went on to develop AIDS in about Read More...
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MRSA-A Deadly Threat on the Rise
May 21, 2008 12:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA ) is increasing at an alarming rate. In fact, MRSA is now the No. 1 diagnosis in people presenting to U.S. emergency departments with skin and soft tissue infections. The infection is Read More...
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What's the Best Cardiac Marker?
January 28, 2008 2:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
The acute coronary syndromes (ACS) are a continuum of ischemic heart disease that spans the entire range from unstable angina, associated with reversible injury; to frank myocardial infarction with large areas of cardiac necrosis. Here are some facts: Read More...
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Offshore Clinical Lab Tests
December 18, 2007 10:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
Remember when outsourcing did not apply to healthcare? Businesses developed the concept of contracting or otherwise arranging for some services to be performed outside the main business if it made financial sense. Outsourcing is utilizing experts from Read More...
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