Gastrointestinal infections can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Most of these infections are due to viruses and are self-limited. However, some infections can cause severe and even life-threatening infections, therefore laboratory testing is warranted. Mayo Medical Laboratories offers a new gastrointestinal pathogen panel that detects 22 viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens in only one hour. Bobbi Pritt, M.D., explains the testing algorithm to ensure appropriate use of this new test.
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Laboratory diagnosis of hereditary platelet disorders requires a systematic approach. It begins with elucidating a complete personal and family bleeding history, then effectively utilizing both routine and esoteric laboratory tests. Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., describes how flow cytometry, electron micrographic study, and molecular testing are used to diagnose platelet function disorders.
In September, we brought together some of the leading voices in the laboratory industry at the Utilization Management 2015 and Leveraging the Laboratory conferences to discuss utilization management, health care reform, the role of laboratory outreach, and what laboratories need to do to thrive in the years to come. Over the next several months, we will be sharing interviews we conducted in Denver. First up, Robert Michel, the editor of The Dark Report who spoke at both conferences. Watch the video now.
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