Monthly Archives: August 2014

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29 08, 2014

Roche and InterMune Announce Definitive Merger

By |August 29th, 2014|Roche|Comments Off on Roche and InterMune Announce Definitive Merger

Roche has signed an agreement to purchase InterMune, a Brisbane, California-based biotechnology company focused on the research, development and commercialization of innovative therapies in pulmonology and orphan fibrotic diseases. At a price of US$ 74.00 per share, the total value of the all-cash transaction is $8.3 billion. This merger will allow Roche to expand its [...]

28 08, 2014

New Automated Lab Improves Efficiency at St. Francis Hospital

By |August 28th, 2014|Beckman Coulter, Laboratory Equipment|Comments Off on New Automated Lab Improves Efficiency at St. Francis Hospital

St. Francis Hospital and Heart Center in Flower Hill, New York on Long Island has got a fully automated clinical laboratory, the first of its kind in North America. According to a news report, chief operating officer for CLS Kathleen Luczyk said that this clinical lab is intended to replace older lab equipment, improve efficiency, [...]

27 08, 2014

Ensuring Reliability and Consistency with Water Baths

By |August 27th, 2014|Water Baths|Comments Off on Ensuring Reliability and Consistency with Water Baths

Widely used in the microbiological laboratory for incubations, water baths maintain water at constant temperature. These devices feature both temperature controls and safety controls. Shaking water baths come with additional controls for shaking, including those for setting the speed of shaking. It is critical to use quality water baths to ensure reliability and consistency. Here [...]

26 08, 2014

Factors Affecting Total Hemoglobin Measurement

By |August 26th, 2014|Alere HemoPoint H2 Microcuvettes|Comments Off on Factors Affecting Total Hemoglobin Measurement

A wide variety of factors impact Hb levels in the body and total hemoglobin measurement. Depending on the techniques used, Hb measurement can vary significantly in the same patient. Clinicians should be aware of these factors as HB testing plays an important role in treating anemia and other red blood cell disorders. Factors impacting Hb [...]

25 08, 2014

Siemens Showcases New Chemistry and Immunoassay Systems at AACC 2014

By |August 25th, 2014|Immunoassay System, Siemens|Comments Off on Siemens Showcases New Chemistry and Immunoassay Systems at AACC 2014

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, a global leader in in-vitro diagnostics, unveiled two of its newest products at the 2014 AACC Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo held in July - the ADVIA Chemistry XPT System and ADVIA Centaur XPT Immunoassay System. These instruments are designed to enhance workflow, support continuous operations and streamline processes to help [...]

22 08, 2014

Need for New Infant HIV-1 Prevention Methods Stressed

By |August 22nd, 2014|Abbott Laboratories, Alere|Comments Off on Need for New Infant HIV-1 Prevention Methods Stressed

The number of children infected with HIV has risen dramatically in developing countries. Symptoms of the infection in children include recurrent fungal infections, growth failure and behavioral abnormalities. Antibody testing is the most commonly used method to diagnose HIV infection. According to the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), an estimated 1,000 babies are [...]

21 08, 2014

Electrolyte Analyzers You Can Count On

By |August 21st, 2014|Awareness Technology, Electrolyte Analyzers|Comments Off on Electrolyte Analyzers You Can Count On

Electrolyte imbalances are common in many diseases. Conditions that can affect electrolyte balance include diet, kidney dysfunction, diarrhea, vomiting, polyurea, and cell damage throughout the body. Electrolyte analyzers are widely used in physician practice labs, clinics, testing centers, emergency rooms, ICUs, CCUs and operating theaters to measure electrolytes. Commonly measured electrolytes in clinical medicine include [...]

20 08, 2014

Cerner to Acquire Siemens Health Services

By |August 20th, 2014|Laboratory Equipment, Siemens|Comments Off on Cerner to Acquire Siemens Health Services

Cerner Corporation (CERN), a leading supplier of healthcare information technology solutions, services, devices and hardware and Siemens AG have recently announced that they signed a definitive agreement for Cerner to acquire the assets of Siemens' health information technology business unit, Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion. The deal is expected to close in early 2015. [...]

19 08, 2014

Global Sterilization Equipment and Disinfectant Market to Reach USD 9.15 Billion in 2019

By |August 19th, 2014|Disinfectants|Comments Off on Global Sterilization Equipment and Disinfectant Market to Reach USD 9.15 Billion in 2019

Disinfection and sterilization of patient-care items and equipment is key to infection control in hospitals, medical offices, laboratories, and pharmaceutical cleanrooms. A new report published by Transparency Market Research forecasts that the global sterilization equipment and disinfectants market that was valued at $5.13 billion in 2012, will grow at a CAGR of 8.5 percent during [...]

18 08, 2014

Lab Variables Affecting PT-INR Test Results

By |August 18th, 2014|Coagulation Reagents, Laboratory Equipment|Comments Off on Lab Variables Affecting PT-INR Test Results

Quick and accurate coagulation test results are vital to control excessive bleeding or bruising and assure adequate clotting time. Physicians need to constantly monitor patients on oral anticoagulant therapy (OAT) such as warfarin using advanced coagulation testing methods. OAT effects are monitored by performing two laboratory assays - the prothrombin time (PT), i.e., the time [...]