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New USB Stick Measures HIV
November 18, 2016 4:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
Science never stands still. I am particularly interested in the merging of technologies in the new era of the logarithmic growth of technology. For many decades science was fairly plodding and sometimes even static as research followed certain set rules Read More...
CAP Q-Probe Looks at Physician Satisfaction with the Laboratory
March 29, 2015 4:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception. This Q-Probe is certainly not Read More...
Imagine Printing Inventory on Demand
May 25, 2013 8:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
Technology has changed exponentially in recent years. Just consider the apps available on your smart phone today compared to what was available just 5 or ten short years ago. In fact the term disruptive technology was coined to describe any new technology Read More...
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...
Women Are More Intelligent Than Men
September 3, 2012 6:30 PM by Glen McDaniel
Did you know that women are more intelligent than men? OK, so the claim is a little controversial and needs some explanation. Several recent studies have claimed that women now tend to have higher intelligence quotient (IQ) than men. It seems that for Read More...
Lay Off the PSA, USA Medical Panel Advises
May 21, 2012 10:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men should not be routinely screened with the PSA test. There has been a buzz that this decision was in the offing for several years now, so the final ruling is not a surprise to many. Read More...
The Sky Is Falling ... Or Is It?
January 8, 2011 9:10 PM by Glen McDaniel
The news has been rife with reports of dead birds suddenly falling from the sky in several states. Now, it’s fish washing up on shore. It’s interesting to hear theories being floated: the birds were hit by lightning, traumatized by New Year’s fireworks. Read More...
Clinical Practice Guidelines: Good for Everyone
September 11, 2010 7:42 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is lots of talk these days about best practices. In medicine these refer to procedures, guidelines or protocols that yield the best outcomes at the best cost. For example it is generally accepted that chest pain patients presenting to the emergency Read More...
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...
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...
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...
Early Stroke Diagnosis
July 21, 2008 9:35 AM by Glen McDaniel
Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or stroke is one of the major causes of impairment and morbidity in this country. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and costs billions of dollars in care and disability. Both the American Heart Association Read More...
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...
The Night Shift May Be Dangerous to Your Health
December 11, 2007 9:55 AM by Glen McDaniel
Hospitals never close and most clinical laboratories operate 24/7 to provide essential diagnostic services. Most laboratorians have a shift preference; with a minority preferring third, or so called "graveyard" shift. Whether it's a personal preference Read More...


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