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Image: The cobas TaqScreen WNV test: a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to detect West Nile virus (WNV) RNA in plasma from blood, organ and tissue donor (Photo courtesy of Roche Diagnostics).

Routine Donor Screening Revealed Acute Usutu Virus

Usutu virus (USUV) an Old World flavivirus included in the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) antigenic complex is transmitted by mosquitoes to birds that act as the main amplifying hosts, while humans are considered incidental or dead-end hosts. More...
20 Apr 2017
Image: The Affinity monitor takes just a finger prick to carry out a blood test count that helps chemotherapy patients to manage their treatment (Photo courtesy of Entia).

Hand-Held Test Kit Developed for Chemotherapy Patients

Chemotherapy often reduces blood cell counts, exposing patients to infections, anemia and other problems. Low blood counts, when discovered, are also the major cause of delayed treatment or reduced treatment dosage. The normal procedure has been for a patient to turn up at the hospital and take a blood test before undergoing treatment, but in 20% of cases they were being sent home because their blood counts were too low. More...
19 Apr 2017
Image: A ribbon model of von Willebrand factor, mutations of which can cause the inherited blood disorder von Willebrand Disease (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia).

Innovative Von Willebrand Factor Test Launched in US

A center for blood diseases has launched a new test in the United States to more accurately measure activity of von Willebrand Factor (VWF), one of the blood-clotting proteins, for people with the inherited bleeding disorder von Willebrand disease (VWD). More...
18 Apr 2017
Image: A photomicrograph of lung tissue stained with Grocott-Gomori methenamine silver nitrate. Pneumocystis jirovecii organisms are highlighted as black, disc-like entities within the alveolar cast (Photo courtesy of SPL).

Lymphocyte Subtyping Proves Useful in Predicting Pneumonia

Pneumocystis jirovecii is an opportunistic fungus that can cause interstitial pneumonia in the immunocompromised host and is associated with a high mortality rate. Antimicrobial prophylaxis reduces the occurrence of P. jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) considerably in susceptible patients. More...
13 Apr 2017
Image: ABO grouping for A, B, AB, and O as indicated by the presence of teal color in the observation zone (red dashed box). Images of multiplexed assays testing (C) ABO/Rh and (D) rare blood systems (Photo courtesy of Third Military Medical University).

POC Assay Developed for Reliable Blood Grouping

Rapid and accurate blood grouping plays a critical role in multiple scientific disciplines, particularly in the biological and medical sciences and especially for pregnancy, blood transfusion, and bone marrow transplantation. More...
07 Apr 2017
Image: The Quo-Test analyzer (Photo courtesy of EKF Diagnostics).

Study Reaffirms HbA1c Analyzer Meets Performance Standards

In a newly published paper, a point-of-care (POC) hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) analyzer has again been confirmed to meet the performance criteria of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC). More...
10 Mar 2017
Image: Blood smear of a myeloproliferative neoplasia patient with a significant increase in the number of platelets (purple) as compared to the clearly larger red blood cells (Photo courtesy of Ed Uthman).

Increased Immune Reaction Associated with Myeloproliferative Neoplasia

Patients afflicted by myeloproliferative neoplasia, which are a group of chronic malignant bone marrow diseases, bear a mutation in their hematopoietic stem cells. The mutation leads to the bone marrow producing too many blood cells, which thickens the blood. More...
03 Mar 2017


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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