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American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, shows research

American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, shows research

Compared with women, American men have worse access to reproductive and sexual health care, research shows, a disparity fueled in part by the lack of standard clinical guidelines on the types and timing of exams, tests and treatments that should be offered to all men of reproductive age. [More]
Expert creates new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease

Expert creates new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease

An expert panel has created a new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease (SCD), with a strong recommendation for the use of the drug hydroxyurea and transfusion therapy for many individuals with SCD, although high-quality evidence is limited, with few randomized clinical trials conducted for this disease, according to an article in the September 10 issue of JAMA. [More]
CAP awards accreditation to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

CAP awards accreditation to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs. [More]
New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

New guideline recommends genetic testing of tumors for colorectal cancer patients

Of the 143,000 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer annually in the U.S., up to 25 percent have a familial risk of colorectal cancer. A new guideline from the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer recommends genetic testing of tumors for all newly diagnosed colorectal cancer patients. [More]
Beckman ranks among industry's highest performing Service providers in clinical diagnostics

Beckman ranks among industry's highest performing Service providers in clinical diagnostics

Committed to providing the solutions labs need to meet the challenges they face, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has been ranked among the industry's highest performing Service providers in the clinical diagnostics industry in the 2014 IMV ServiceTrak Executive Summary Report. [More]
Beckman announces national availability of Prostate Health Index

Beckman announces national availability of Prostate Health Index

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics, a global leader in prostate cancer diagnostics, announces national availability of the Prostate Health Index (phi)*, a simple, non‐invasive blood test that is three times more specific in detecting prostate cancer1 than PSA (prostate‐specific antigen). [More]
NIAID launches CRS3123 Phase I trial to treat C. difficile infection

NIAID launches CRS3123 Phase I trial to treat C. difficile infection

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an early-stage clinical trial of CRS3123, an investigational oral antibiotic intended to treat Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection. [More]
LUTS highly prevalent in western Turkish population

LUTS highly prevalent in western Turkish population

Researchers have published the first-ever estimate of the prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms, overactive bladder and urinary incontinence in the population of western Turkey. [More]
Beckman Coulter to feature scientific data on the VERIS MDx System at ECCMID 2014

Beckman Coulter to feature scientific data on the VERIS MDx System at ECCMID 2014

As part Beckman Coulter’s commitment to advancing the field of molecular diagnostics the company will feature scientific data on the VERIS MDx System at the 2014 European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) to be held on 10‐13 May in Barcelona, Spain. Researchers will present five studies on the VERIS system and the company will offer an educational symposium addressing issues in viral load monitoring. The VERIS MDx System and VERIS human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Assay received CE Marks earlier this year. [More]
VERIS MDx System from Beckman Coulter obtains CE Mark

VERIS MDx System from Beckman Coulter obtains CE Mark

Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has obtained CE Mark for the VERIS MDx System* and VERIS human Cytomegalovirus (CMV) assay*. Attaining CE Mark on the VERIS MDx System and the VERIS CMV assay are key milestones in the expansion of Beckman Coulter’s presence in molecular diagnostics. [More]
Researcher develops novel IBT to help opioid-dependent Vermonters

Researcher develops novel IBT to help opioid-dependent Vermonters

Opioid dependence - addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers - has reached epidemic levels across the country, with treatment waitlists also at an all-time high. [More]
Siemens, NKF form new alliance to improve screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals

Siemens, NKF form new alliance to improve screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals

Siemens Healthcare and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) announced today a new strategic alliance focusing on education, awareness and screening for kidney disease in high-risk individuals. This important collaboration will leverage the latest testing recommendations from the NKF to improve detection among the 73 million Americans at risk for kidney disease. [More]

Sysmex America, Henry Schein sign three-year distribution agreement

Sysmex America, Inc., a global leader in medical diagnostic testing equipment and information systems technology, and Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, today announced the signing of a three-year distribution agreement between the companies effective immediately. [More]
New Access Total βhCG (5th IS) assay from Beckman Coulter receives FDA clearance and is granted CE Mark for Europe

New Access Total βhCG (5th IS) assay from Beckman Coulter receives FDA clearance and is granted CE Mark for Europe

Aligned with its commitment to help move reproductive health management forward, Beckman Coulter Diagnostics has received clearance for its new Access Total βhCG (5th IS) assay from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k), as well as being granted the CE Mark specifically for Europe. [More]
Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Emergent BioSolutions enters into definitive agreement to acquire Cangene

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Cangene Corporation (TSX: CNJ) under which Emergent will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Cangene in an all-cash transaction valued at $3.24 per share on a fully diluted basis for an aggregate purchase price of $222 million. [More]
Diagnosing colonic polyps: an interview with Dr. Haili Wang, Metabolomic Technologies Inc. (MTI)

Diagnosing colonic polyps: an interview with Dr. Haili Wang, Metabolomic Technologies Inc. (MTI)

Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of death in North America, but it is preventable if found at the colonic polyp stage. Currently, only 39% of colorectal cancer cases in the US are diagnosed at an early and treatable stage. [More]
Diagnosing influenza with rapid tests leads to more efficient care

Diagnosing influenza with rapid tests leads to more efficient care

When patients in the emergency department (ED) are diagnosed with influenza by means of a rapid test, they get fewer unnecessary antibiotics, are prescribed antiviral medications more frequently, and have fewer additional lab tests compared to patients diagnosed with influenza without testing, according to a new study. Published online in the Journal of the Pediatrics Infectious Diseases Society, the findings suggest that diagnosing influenza with a rapid diagnostic test leads to more appropriate, specific, and efficient care. [More]
Vitamin D Total assay for use on Access 2 and UniCel DxI immunoassay systems receives CE Mark

Vitamin D Total assay for use on Access 2 and UniCel DxI immunoassay systems receives CE Mark

Beckman Coulter, Inc. announces the CE Mark approval of Access 25 (OH) Vitamin D Total assay for use on the Access 2 and UniCel DxI series of immunoassay systems. Offering enhanced performance, the new assay is an important addition to the company’s bone metabolism assay menu. [More]
Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

Research deals with important issues in the field of urolithiasi

A balance between the activation of the inflammatory macrophages and suppression of the anti-inflammatory macrophages in the kidney may play a pivotal role in kidney stone formation. These macrophage-derived mediators may have potential as biomarkers to reflect the urinary stone risk, according to a new study from Japan, which was recently presented at the recent 2nd Meeting of the EAU Section of Urolithiasis and received Clinical Research Award. [More]
More than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine, say researchers

More than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine, say researchers

Researchers at the University of Alberta announced today that they have determined the chemical composition of human urine. The study, which took more than seven years and involved a team of nearly 20 researchers, has revealed that more than 3,000 chemicals or "metabolites" can be detected in urine. [More]