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Viruses make the rounds during the winter months, and here in northern Maine with Spring finally here we’re still seeing coughing, stuffy heads, and wheezing. Allergy season is fast on the heels of a winter season that never seemed to end.
I’ve not been sick, but coworkers have not been so fortunate. Some call in sick, others work out of guilt ...
April is a busy month. It is Alcohol, Foot Health, Autism, Hepatitis, Child Abuse, Humor, Facial Protection, Minority Health, Occupational Therapy, Sexually Transmitted Diseases,
Sport’s Eye Safety, and Woman’s Health and Safety Awareness Month, according to one 2014 marketing brochure. During the month there is a Healthcare Access Personnel, ...
goes without saying that we live in the world of social media. I am not ashamed
to say (maybe I should be) that this not-so-young guy spends way too much time
online. Among friends of my generation, I am the go-to guru for interpretation
of social media terms and recommendation for the latest technology or app. I get lots
of news on ...
It's time of year again we celebrate and acknowledge Medical Laboratory professionals (technicians, scientists, specialists, pathologists and others).
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) website has a very concise history of this celebration which, like the profession it highlights, has experienced many changes. It was ...
When I took High School physics, we were not allowed to use calculators. This was just as well, since they were bulky and expensive. The Texas Instruments SR-50 sold for $170 in 1974, which is over $860 today. Slide rules were cheap. Pen and paper was cheaper.
Point is it’s always tempting to use a computer. Write a program, spreadsheet function, ...
Critical access hospitals should be just that for communities. But USA Today reported last November in a story called “Rural hospitals in critical condition,” “Since the beginning of 2010,
43 rural hospitals — with a total of more than 1,500 beds — have closed, according to data from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program.” Patients ...
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.
Q-Probe is certainly not the first of its kind or scope, but is the latest. The study’s ...
This is the time of
year when the major medical laboratory organizations hold their national meetings.
These gatherings are a great opportunity for laboratorians to get together with
their professional colleagues from around the country and also to listen to
major players in the profession and on the cutting edge of ...
Your laboratory is probably a mix of old and new technology. You may have refrigerators decades old, small centrifuges that were purchased used and still run strong, a coagulation analyzer at the end of its five year contract, and a chemistry analyzer you just installed a month ago. Ideally, each new piece of hardware represents a new service, ...
disease is one of the most significant chronic ailments affecting Americans. Renal
disease is often a sequela of one of several maladies that plague Americans:
diabetes, hypertension, glomerulonephritis, autoimmune disease, polycystic
kidney disease and others.
estimated 20 million Americans have chronic ...