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Image: The Rotor-Gene real-time PCR system (Photo courtesy of Qiagen).

Early Detection Identified for Leukemia Patients' Resistance to Therapy

A world-first breakthrough in the early detection of patients' resistance to a common treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia has been made. The discovery offers some hope that the patients' treatment could be changed sooner to improve their chances of survival. More...
25 Aug 2016
Image: The QX100 Droplet digital PCR reader (Photo courtesy of Bio-Rad).

Droplet Digital PCR Rapidly Detects Alpha-Thalassemia Variants

Alpha (α)-thalassemia is a highly prevalent genetic disease worldwide and it is characterized by various degrees of alpha globin chain deficit caused by either deletional or non-deletional mutations although the former are more common. More...
24 Aug 2016
Abbott Diagnostics
Image: The new device emulates the interface between the endothelium and circulating blood, opening new doors to diagnosing blood clotting diseases caused by dysfunction or inflammation of endothelial cells, which line all blood vessels and influence the process of hemostasis (Image courtesy of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University).

Device Offers Potential for More Effective Blood Disorders Diagnostics

Researchers have developed a microfluidic device with fixed endothelial cells to mimic cellular and vascular flow conditions inside a patient’s body, which could help monitor blood clot formation, diagnose effectiveness of anti-platelet therapy, and prevent dysfunctional hemostasis. More...
23 Aug 2016

Next-Generation Systems Introduced for Clinical Laboratories

A harmonized family of next-generation systems across immunoassay, clinical chemistry, point of care, hematology, blood and plasma screening and molecular diagnostics has been unveiled. More...
17 Aug 2016

FDA Approves Use of New Zika Assay to Screen Blood Supply

The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of a new Zika virus assay to screen the USA blood supply under its Investigational New Drug (IND) study protocol. Blood banks will use the test on an automated nucleic acids technology (NAT) platform to screen donated blood in potential endemic areas. More...
16 Aug 2016
Image: By measuring plasma ceramides as biomarkers, the CERAM test improves identification and assessment of patients at risk of cardiovascular death (Photo courtesy of the Mayo Clinic).

Blood Test Uses Plasma Ceramides as Biomarkers to Assess Risk of Heart Attack

Researchers have found that measuring blood concentrations of plasma ceramides much improves prediction of cardiovascular (CV) death in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) and acute coronary syndromes beyond LDL-cholesterol. More...
16 Aug 2016
Image: Reduced chronic graft-versus-host disease with cord blood, compared with blood from unrelated matched donor, three years after bone marrow transplant (Photo courtesy of the University of Colorado Cancer Center).

Cord Blood Outperforms Matched Donor in Bone Marrow Transplants

A common treatment for blood cancers is to erase a patient's leukemic blood system and then regrow a new blood system using donor blood stem cells. The closer the match between donor cells and a patient's blood system, the less chance the new blood system will attack the patient's tissues which reduces the chance of graft - versus - host disease. More...
08 Aug 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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