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Image: Research suggests healthcare professionals should consider a person\'s blood group when assessing their cardiovascular risk (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Blood Group May Affect Heart Attack Risk

Healthcare professionals should consider a person's blood group when assessing their cardiovascular risk as people with A, B, and AB blood types may be at greater risk of cardiovascular events, particularly heart attacks, than individuals with O blood types. More...
18 May 2017
Image: The low-cost manual “paperfuge” was inspired by the whirligig toy, in which a loop of twine is thread through two holes in a button or disk. The loop ends are grabbed then rhythmically pulled. As the twine coils and uncoils, the button spins at a high speed. Bioengineers designed the paperfuge to concentrate parasites like malaria in blood (Photo courtesy of Stanford University).

Manually Powered Device Separates Blood for Diagnosis

Inspired by a whirligig toy, researchers have used its mechanical principles to develop an ultra-low-cost, hand-powered blood centrifuge out of paper, no electricity required. The tool could improve diagnosis of diseases like malaria, African sleeping sickness, and tuberculosis in resource-poor, off-the-grid regions where these diseases are prevalent. More...
16 May 2017
Image: The Biacore T200 used for single-cycle kinetic surface plasmon resonance (Photo courtesy of GE Healthcare).

Link Discovered Between Strep Infections and Blood Type

There are many different types of Streptococcal infection, from mild sore throats to deadly infections of the blood or organs and repeated infections can lead to chronic conditions, such as rheumatic heart disease. More...
27 Apr 2017
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

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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