Monthly Archives: October 2014

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31 10, 2014

Optum Buying Alere Health for $600 Million

By |October 31st, 2014|Alere, Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Optum Buying Alere Health for $600 Million

With dynamic shifts in the market, there has been a surge in integrated healthcare models. Optum, a unit of Minnesota-based UnitedHealth Group Inc., has made headlines with its decision to buy Alera Health in a $600 million all-cash transaction. Alere Health is a division of Alere Inc., a provider of rapid diagnostics for infectious disease, [...]

30 10, 2014

Hematology Analyzers and Reagents Market Looking Up in BRIC Countries

By |October 30th, 2014|Hematology Analyzers, Reagents|Comments Off on Hematology Analyzers and Reagents Market Looking Up in BRIC Countries

According to the "Hematology Analyzers & Reagents Market - Forecasts to 2019" report published by Research and Markets, the global hematology market will see high growth in three emerging BRIC countries - China, India, and Brazil - in the next five years, and a lower CAGR in developed countries. The report classifies the global hematology [...]

29 10, 2014

Addressing the Challenges of Water Contaminants in the Laboratory

By |October 29th, 2014|Lab Equipment, Laboratory Equipment|Comments Off on Addressing the Challenges of Water Contaminants in the Laboratory

In addition to quality laboratory equipment, reagents and consumables, it is necessary to ensure the quality of the water used in lab processes. The accuracy of laboratory tests would be compromised if the water used for clinical and research applications is not free of contaminants. The five major types of contaminants present in tap water [...]

28 10, 2014

Blood Test Developed to Diagnose Major Depressive Disorder

By |October 28th, 2014|Blood Testing|Comments Off on Blood Test Developed to Diagnose Major Depressive Disorder

Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States. According to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America), about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older have this condition. Undetected and untreated, it can lead to several emotional and physiological problems. However, researchers at Northwestern University in [...]

27 10, 2014

Ensuring Efficiency in Arterial Blood Gas Testing

By |October 27th, 2014|Blood Gas Analyzers|Comments Off on Ensuring Efficiency in Arterial Blood Gas Testing

Arterial blood gas (ABG) testing is carried out to determine gas exchange levels in the blood related to respiratory, metabolic, and renal function. ABG testing poses many challenges. The goal of every clinical laboratory is to deliver accurate results within minimal turnaround time (TAT) while minimizing testing costs and complying with regulatory requirements. According to [...]

24 10, 2014

Advantages of ELISA Tests

By |October 24th, 2014|Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Advantages of ELISA Tests

Plate-based assays designed for detecting and quantifying substances such as peptides, proteins, antibodies and hormones, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) are used to detect antibodies related to several infectious conditions. There is a wide range of infectious disease ELISA kits available for the detection of human IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies to bacterial, viral, fungal and [...]

23 10, 2014

National Health Education Week 2014

By |October 23rd, 2014|Lab Equipment, National Health Education|Comments Off on National Health Education Week 2014

The goal of health education is to improve the health behavior of individuals and communities including the living and working conditions that influence their health. By improving health, this learning experience can help reduce the costs (both financial and human) spent on medical treatment. Health education specialists work with health care providers, policy makers, human [...]

22 10, 2014

Drucker Diagnostics Products Helping in War Against Ebola

By |October 22nd, 2014|Drucker Diagnostics, Lab Equipment|Comments Off on Drucker Diagnostics Products Helping in War Against Ebola

The world is waging a war against Ebola, one of the most lethal enemies it has encountered in recent times. While the race to develop a vaccine is on, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are developing plans to monitor and treat patients at risk and protect their brave healthcare workers. Platelet count and the [...]

21 10, 2014

International Infection Prevention Week – October 19-25

By |October 21st, 2014|International Infection Prevention|Comments Off on International Infection Prevention Week – October 19-25

Every year, the 3rd week in October is observed as International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) by APIC, the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The aim is to raise awareness about the role that infection prevention plays in improving patient safety. This year, the week will be celebrated from October 19-25, 2014 and [...]

20 10, 2014

Protecting Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

By |October 20th, 2014|Ebola, Infectious Diseases|Comments Off on Protecting Health Care Workers Treating Ebola Patients

Minimizing exposure of health care workers treating Ebola patients has become a matter of great concern. Reports revealed that the workers at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient in the US who died on October 8, did not wear the hazmet suit till diagnostic tests confirmed [...]