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8 04, 2016

Roche Initiates New Experimental Test to Screen for Zika Virus in Blood Donations

By |April 8th, 2016|Blood Testing|Comments Off on Roche Initiates New Experimental Test to Screen for Zika Virus in Blood Donations

The mosquito-borne Zika virus disease is linked to serious birth defects. It can cause temporary paralysis in adults and brain damage in infants born to infected mothers. The pathogen can also be sexually transmitted. It is important that blood donations are screened accurately to rule out infection by this dangerous virus. Roche Diagnostics recently announced [...]

30 11, 2015

December 1 – World AIDS Day

By |November 30th, 2015|Blood Testing, World AIDS Day|Comments Off on December 1 – World AIDS Day

December 1 has been observed as World AIDS Day since 1988. The day provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations across the globe to work actively and collaborate to raise awareness about HIV and move closer to the goal of an AIDS-free generation. The theme of World AIDS Day through 2015 is “Getting to Zero”. [...]

25 11, 2015

Blood Tests for Improved Cancer Screening

By |November 25th, 2015|Blood Testing, Cancer|Comments Off on Blood Tests for Improved Cancer Screening

Detecting cancer at an early stage is vital as it enables early treatment. The high quality, automated hematology analyzers available today allow laboratories to provide timely and accurate test results to help in quick cancer diagnosis. Commonly used blood tests for cancer include complete blood count (CBC) and blood protein tests and tumor marker tests. [...]

23 11, 2015

Study: Finger Prick Blood Test Results Vary From Drop To Drop

By |November 23rd, 2015|Blood Testing|Comments Off on Study: Finger Prick Blood Test Results Vary From Drop To Drop

In addition to being patient-friendly, fingerprick blood tests are an important tool for health care providers. They frequently used in point-of-care and low-resource settings. However, a Rice University study has found that fingerprick test results can vary significantly from drop to drop. The researchers say that at least six to nine drops of blood are [...]

20 11, 2015

New Blood Test to Detect Concussions in Children

By |November 20th, 2015|Blood Testing|Comments Off on New Blood Test to Detect Concussions in Children

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that affects the way the brain functions. Symptoms caused by this impaired brain function include headaches, problems with concentration, memory lapses and sleep disturbances. Concussion is a common sports-related childhood head injury, which if not resolved, can pose serious health risks. In new study published in Academic [...]

18 11, 2015

New Risk-free Blood Test for Accurate Prenatal Testing

By |November 18th, 2015|Blood Testing|Comments Off on New Risk-free Blood Test for Accurate Prenatal Testing

Prenatal screening and diagnostic tests provide valuable information about the unborn baby's health. They help detect problems that could affect the baby, such as abnormalities and genetic disorders, helping better health care decisions before and after the child is born. Scientists at Plymouth University have developed a non-invasive, low risk and accurate blood test that [...]

13 11, 2015

Global Point-Of-Care Diagnostics Market to Reach $18.7B By 2020

By |November 13th, 2015|Blood Testing, Point of Care Analyzers|Comments Off on Global Point-Of-Care Diagnostics Market to Reach $18.7B By 2020

Point-of-care testing (POCT) allows rapid diagnosis in the physician’s office, an ambulance, the home, the field, or in the hospital, and promotes timely patient care. With POCT, physicians as well as patients no longer have to wait hours to get results. Over the past few years, the popularity and demand of POCT has been growing [...]

26 10, 2015

A New Blood Test to Detect Very Low Risk of Heart Attack

By |October 26th, 2015|Blood Testing|Comments Off on A New Blood Test to Detect Very Low Risk of Heart Attack

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. have developed a new highly sensitive blood test that can safely rule out heart attacks in about two-thirds of patients who are evaluated in the emergency department (ED) for chest pain. Chest pain, one of the major symptoms of a heart attack, makes up a significant [...]

7 10, 2015

Cancer Diagnosis – Blood Test Could Replace Costly Biopsies

By |October 7th, 2015|Blood Testing, Cancer|Comments Off on Cancer Diagnosis – Blood Test Could Replace Costly Biopsies

In addition to lab tests of the blood, urine, or other body fluids and imaging procedures such as CT scan and ultrasound, physicians often recommend a biopsy to diagnose cancer. Though it is the most reliable way to detect cancerous cells, a biopsy is invasive, time-consuming, costly, and sometimes risky. In fact, a study presented [...]

5 10, 2015

October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

By |October 5th, 2015|Blood Testing, Breast Cancer|Comments Off on October – National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month in the United States. This annual campaign aims at raising awareness about the importance of the early detection of breast cancer. Though most women are aware about the disease, only few take the steps to have a plan in place to detect the disease in its early [...]