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Fentanyl Immunoassay is a Vital Tool in the Battle Against Opioid Crisis

Fentanyl Immunoassay

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. It is used to treat patients with severe pain after surgery, especially those who are physically tolerant to other opioids [1]. However, it is often abused illegally and mixed with other drugs, which can result in dangerous respiratory depression. The […]

BNP vs NT-proBNP

BNP vs NT-proBNP

Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome affecting 6.2 million people in the United States [1]. The diagnosis of heart failure is challenging as patients usually present non-specific symptoms, which are often shared by other diseases. Both B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the N-terminal pro BNP (NT-proBNP) are widely used as biomarkers to diagnose […]

Fentanyl Overdose Increase and the Opiate Epidemic in the USA

Fentanyl Overdose Increase

What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was first developed in 1959 and introduced in the 1960s as an intravenous anesthetic. Fentanyl was also used for pain management as a transdermal patch in cancer patients. It is 50-100 times stronger than morphine. As an illicit drug, fentanyl is added to heroin to increase potency. […]

Custom Panels for RT-PCR: Tailoring Your Diagnostic Needs

Custom Panels for RT-PCR

In the field of molecular diagnostics, custom panels have emerged as an essential tool for targeted detection of nucleic acids. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been widely used to detect and quantify viral, bacterial, and genetic targets. However, commercial panels may not always satisfy the specific testing requirements of a particular molecular laboratory. Therefore, […]

Toxicology: The Science and Its Applications


UPDATED: 7/17/2023 The science of toxicology combines biology, chemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and other related disciplines to study the effects of different substances on the body. Toxicologists work in varied fields such as forensics, environmental science, and medicine. The science is commonly utilized in law enforcement, disease identification, and assessments of ecological conditions. Poisons A popular […]

Quality Hematology Analyzers and Equipment for Researchers, Hospitals and Physicians’ Offices

Hematology Analyzers

Cellular and morphological analyses conducted during hematology testing involve several delicate steps that require accurate and efficient implementation. [1]  Often, these tests are time-sensitive as they are crucial for the screening, diagnosis, and monitoring of patient medical conditions. Utilizing the right equipment is, therefore, essential to optimizing hematology analysis workflows, which in turn will yield […]