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Group B Strep Awareness Month Blog

Group B Strep Awareness

The CDC and other health organizations recognize July as International Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep, GBS) month. In many ways, Group B Strep seems somewhat harmless, remaining asymptomatic for most healthy adults who carry the bacteria. Yet the same…
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The Public Health Crisis of Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

What if the latest tech device had all the bells and whistles everyone wanted and was far better than anything currently being sold, but the marketer was told he could not sell it until all the previous versions of his…
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The Sustained Increase in STIs

Women's Health and STI Awareness

Less than 20 years ago, STIs were at historic lows. Syphilis was close to elimination. In 2021, however, sexually transmitted infections are at an all-time high, yet the importance of prevention and screening seems to have fallen by the wayside….
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Celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2021

In a time when we have come to rely on medical laboratory professionals more and more, we also run the risk of taking their work for granted. Their work is so integral to our health and everyday life that most…
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The Crisis of Increasing Drug-Resistance in the Tuberculosis Pandemic

Drug-Resistant TB

About every 22 seconds, someone dies from Tuberculosis. As the deadliest bacterial infection worldwide, Tuberculosis causes or contributes to 1-1.5 million deaths per year, recently surpassing HIV as the deadliest single infectious agent. Around ten million people become sick with…
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The Challenges of Accurate Zika Virus Testing

Zika Virus

Although it is largely forgotten today, just five years before the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Zika virus was making headlines. In early 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika epidemic a public health emergency, as evidence mounted that the Zika…
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When COVID-19 Meets Flu Season: How One Clinical Laboratory is Preparing

A typical flu season presents significant challenges for medical laboratories with increased demand and pressure for providing quick and accurate diagnostic testing. But what happens when you combine this already demanding time with the global COVID-19 pandemic? No one can…
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What Happens When Laboratory Tests Fail?

The Critical Role of QC in Every Stage of Assay Development and Usage For anyone of us involved in medical laboratory or public health laboratory testing, we understand the critical importance of clinical quality control (QC). With the ongoing fallout…
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Uses and Advantages of Synthetic RNA Process Controls for SARS-CoV-2 Assays

SARS-CoV-2 Virus

For a highly infectious virus like SARS-CoV-2, an inactivated whole virus control is the gold standard for accuracy. For labs that opt for other control formats, synthetic RNA controls can provide many of the same qualities as inactivated whole virus…
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Advantages of Whole Virus Controls for SARS-CoV-2 Quality Control

SARS-CoV-2

The COVID-19 pandemic has put increasing pressure on front-line healthcare workers to deliver fast and accurate test results. For any clinical diagnostic testing, laboratory professionals need assurance that sample preparation methods, as well as the instrumentation used to complete testing,…
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