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Key Strategies for Reducing Turnaround Time in Your Clinical Lab

Category: Molecular & Serology

Posted by Eric Morreale, PhD on Mar 3, 2020 9:00:00 AM
 
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4 Best Practices for QC in a Clinical Testing Lab to Ensure Accurate Results

Category: Molecular & Serology

Posted by Eric Morreale, PhD on Feb 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM
  What is a clinical laboratory director’s worst nightmare? That’s an easy one. The thought that, somehow, an inaccurate testing result has escaped their lab and convinced an unsuspecting clinician to make a poor patient care decision. So much of modern medical care is grounded in treatment decisions based on diagnostic testing results. According to one review of the data, 98 percent of in-patient populations get lab tests. False negatives can delay life-saving and life-improving patient care. False positives can cause patients to undergo unnecessary treatment, which can result in needless psychological, physical, and financial distress. No wonder lab directors are troubled by the possibility, no matter how small, of reporting inaccurate results - critical patient care decisions hang in the balance. (Not to mention the professional reputations of lab directors, the reputations of their labs and hospitals, and the trust of patients and clinicians.) To prevent errors in testing and reporting, quality control is a must. You need to be confident every time you report a result that your assays are working the way they are intended. Here are four tips for optimizing quality control to ensure accurate results in your clinical lab:
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cccDNA and HBV:  New Testing Methods May Allow for Earlier, Non-Invasive Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Category: Accuplex, Molecular & Serology

Posted by Catherine Huang, PhD on Aug 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM
A recent study, published in the Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, describes a new, more sensitive Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) assay1.  This study, led by Song-Mei Liu, MD, PhD, of the Center for Gene Diagnosis, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University in China, is particularly exciting because the new assay can be used to diagnose hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) at an earlier stage and to manage antiviral HBV treatments more effectively. It also highlights the way innovative molecular diagnostics can play a synergistic role with the development of new pharmaceutical therapeutics.
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Ebola Outbreak 2018: Diagnostics Again are Essential to Minimize Spread and to Control Disease

Category: Accuplex, reference materials, ebola, Molecular & Serology

Posted by Catherine Huang, PhD on Jun 25, 2018 12:00:00 PM
On April 4th, 2018, a new outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) occurred in Equateur Province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As of June 10th, there have been a total of 55 EVD cases and 28 deaths with a case fatality rate of 50.9%. Although the outbreak remains active, public health authorities have expressed cautious optimism because there have been no new cases in two of the three affected areas (Bikoro and Wangata zones) since May 17th, 2018 and the rate of new cases in the third affected zone (Iboko) has slowed.1
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Rapid and Early detection of Listeria to prevent food poisoning

Category: Accuplex, listeria, Molecular & Serology

Posted by Vidya Murthy on Sep 12, 2017 12:00:00 PM
September is National Food Safety Education Month. This is also a time to return to school and learning, so it is a good time to learn about food safety in ready-to-eat and perishable foods often packed in school lunches. Listeria is one of the most common foodborne bacteria and is found in a wide range of foods; from ready-to-eat to produce and meat. The latest draft guidance released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, “Control of Listeria monocytogenes in Ready-To-Eat Foods,” supports ongoing efforts by industry and government agencies to reduce the risk of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods (1). The guidance includes recommendations for controls involving personnel, cleaning and maintenance of equipment, and sanitation, as well as for treatments that kill Listeria and prevent it from growing during storage of food between production and consumption. The guidance emphasizes the importance of routine testing for Listeria. Therefore, it is important to learn about the methods and reagents that can be used to detect Listeria to prevent foodborne outbreaks.
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SeraCare introduces AccuPlex™ Zika Reference Material

Category: Accuplex, zika virus, clinical genomics, Molecular & Serology

Posted by Dale Yuzuki on May 10, 2016 12:00:00 PM
Guest author: Han Joo Lee, Ph.D., SeraCare Technical Product Manager A cursory look at recent Zika Virus outbreak news headlines is alarming enough: “Zika Virus birth defects may be the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’, experts say”; “Brain damage in Zika babies is far worse than doctors expected”; and “Zika mutates extremely quickly, which is why it’s so scary”. In addition, for the United States the estimated range maps of the Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus have been recently updated, widening the range previously reported to all but 10 states within the US.
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