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Genetic Testing Identifies High-Risk Subtype of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is less common in adults than in children, but adults are far less likely to survive. Adults make up about 40% of the estimated 6,590 new cases of ALL identified annually in the USA. More...
09 Dec 2016
Image: The UniCel DxH 800 Coulter Cellular Analysis System (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter).

Lab Tests Discriminate Bacterial from Nonbacterial COPD Exacerbations

The discrimination of bacterial from nonbacterial acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (AECOPD) is difficult, causing antibiotics overuse and bacterial resistance. Sputum cultures are of limited use because results take time. More...
08 Dec 2016
Image: The XE-2100 automated hematological parameters analyzer (Photo courtesy of Sysmex).

Plasma NT-ProBNP Levels Predict Severity of Enterovirus-71 Infection

Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is caused by a variety of human enteroviruses, mainly by enterovirus 71 (EV71) and coxsackievirus A16 (CA16), and is characterized by fever and vesicular exanthema on the hands, feet, and mouth. More...
08 Dec 2016
Image: The cryopreservation of red blood cells using novel molecules (Photo courtesy of the American Chemical Society).

Cryopreservation Improves Longer-Lasting Blood Supply

The development of highly efficient methods to cryopreserve cells, tissues, and organs is becoming exceedingly important to meet the increasing demands of emerging cellular therapies. Cryopreservation of blood and stem cells has had tremendous impact on regenerative and transfusion medicine. More...
01 Dec 2016
Image: A histopathology of a venous thrombus in a leg muscle (Photo courtesy of Nigel Lang).

Costly Blood Clot Test Has Few Benefits

It has been proposed that hospital patients, who have already been diagnosed with venous thromboembolisms or VTEs, do not need a positive genetic test to justify taking medication and making other changes to prevent future ones. More...
17 Nov 2016

Inflammatory Markers Correlated with SCA Pain Intensity

Sickle cell anemia (SCA) is a hereditary hemolytic anemia where the synthesis of hemoglobin (Hb) is abnormal and the inheritance can be heterozygous (HbS) or homozygous (HbSS). Homozygous patients with SCA often develop vaso-occlusive crises (VOCs) and recurrent episodes of hemolysis causing multi-organ infarction and dysfunction. More...
17 Nov 2016
Image: The STA-R automatic coagulation analyzer (Photo courtesy of Diagnostica Stago).

Preoperative In-Vitro Platelet Function Tests Investigated

It is essential to predict the bleeding risk in patients undergoing functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS) and to evaluate the adequacy of primary hemostasis, preoperative hemostatic screening tests are used. More...
11 Nov 2016

The Hematology channel at LabMedica covers the all aspect of plasma, coagulation, transfusion medicine, and blood banking, as well as related lab tools and techniques.
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