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Real-Time PCR: the Key to Rapid Detection of Infectious Agents

Real-Time PCR

Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (real-time PCR) has revolutionized the diagnosis and management of infectious diseases in acute care settings. Through the coupling of the amplification and direct detection of target microbial DNA in a single reaction vessel, real-time PCR drastically reduces the need for microbial culture methods, decreases wait times required for pathogen detection, and […]

HCV Infection Related to Opioid Epidemic

HCV Testing

Hepatitis C Virus Infection related to Growing Opioid Epidemic A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health finds that the national increase in acute Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) infection is strongly related to the nation’s opioid epidemic, specifically with increases in injections drug use (IDU). This study examined the incidence of HCV […]

Forensic Toxicology Moving Towards Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectometry (LCMS)

For many years, forensic toxicology labs have been using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) to conduct broad toxicological screening as well as routine confirmation for presumed positives in chemistry-based testing. GCMS has the capability to provide general unknown analysis -an extensive screen of over 4,000 substances- utilizing many varying sample types including oral fluid, urine, […]

CancerSEEK: A Shift in Research Focus

John Hopkin’s Testing of CancerSEEK shows Promising Results                         Imagine developing a test capable of not only screening for several common types of cancer, but also capable of determining the tumor location. Researchers at John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center did just this with the […]

Diabetic Status and Cognitive Decline

Diabetic Status and Cognitive Decline The journal of Diabetologia recently published a study showing a positive correlation between diabetes and cognitive decline. Diabetes has proven to have severe effects on a person’s physical health but researchers were interested at looking into possibility of the impact on mental health. The purpose of the study was to […]