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Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) Implements PNA FISH(R) Tests to Help Provide Better Care for Patients with Bloodstream Infections

WOBURN, Mass. and DURHAM, N.C., July 21 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvanDx and bioMerieux, Inc. today announced Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC), which is part of Orlando Health, has implemented the PNA FISH(R) tests from AdvanDx to identify bloodstream pathogens 1 to 2 days earlier to help t...

Most neuropsychological tests don't tell Alzheimer's disease from vascular dementia

WASHINGTON Most of the cognitive tests that have been used to decide whether someone has Alzheimer's disease or vascular dementia have not been very helpful when used alone. A new report published by the American Psychological Association concluded that when older people are confused and forgetfu...

Rare sheep could be key to better diagnostic tests in developing world, says Stanford study

STANFORD, Calif. The newest revolution in microbiology testing walks on four legs and says "baa." It's the hair sheep, a less-hirsute version of the familiar woolly barnyard resident. A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine, which is to be published July 3 in PLoS ONE , fin...

Newer Blood Tests May Not Improve Heart Risk Assessment

CRP, other disease-linked factors don't perform better than standard criteria, study finds TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Newer biomarkers of cardiac risk, such as inflammation-linked C-reactive protein (CRP), add little or no predictive power to older, established factors such ...

Frost & Sullivan: Self-Monitoring and POC Diabetes Tests Reveal Potential for Significant Growth, Boosting the European Diabetes Diagnostics Market

LONDON, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The European diabetes diagnostics market is poised for expansion with segments such as self-monitoring and point-of-care (POC) tests offering tremendous growth potential. Heightened efforts to generate awareness about diabetes and related diagnostic tests are a key ...

AMP urges inclusion of molecular diagnostic tests in comparative effectiveness research

Washington, DC June 12, 2009 -- The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) today released the text of a comment letter it has provided to the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in which AMP sets forth its recommendations for priority areas on which to foc...

Availability of diagnostic tests drive success in hospitalist-run short-stay units

Illinois, USA June 10, 2009 The most important factors for a successful stay in hospital short-stay units (SSUs) are the types of diagnostic tests performed and whether or not specialty consultations are needed. When hospitalists staff these units, they can ensure that only patients who need rea...

Interleukin Genetics Launches Inherent Health Brand of Genetic Tests Offering Clear and Personalized Insights to Wellness

Brand Includes New Weight Management Genetic Test that Provides Evidence-Based Guidance on Best Diet and Exercise Choices for Individuals WALTHAM, Mass., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ILI ) announced today the introduction of its new Inherent Healt...

Healthcarebluebook.com: DC Area Consumers Must Stop Overpaying for Tests and Treatments

WASHINGTON, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Why is the cash price for an MRI of the cervical spine without contrast $1056.00 at an imaging center in Rockville, MD and $2710.00 14 miles away in Chevy Chase, MD? How can two facilities located just outside of Washington, DC vary so much in their pricing for ...

New Tests Spot Tough-to-Detect Cancers Sooner

Researchers devise method for early confirmation of bile duct, pancreatic cancers,, WEDNESDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Mayo Clinic researchers say they have developed new tests that make it easier to diagnose cancers of the pancreas and bile ducts. In a study, the new tests more ...

Memorial University Medical Center (MUMC) Implements PNA FISH(R) Tests to Help Provide Best Care for Patients with Bloodstream Infections

First hospital in Georgia to use a new, cutting edge diagnostic technology to fight serious infections and improve patient care and outcomes. WOBURN, Mass., and VEDBAEK, Denmark, June 2 /PRNewswire/ -- AdvanDx today announced Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia has im...

Mayo Clinic finds new pathology tests double sensitivity to detect bile duct and pancreatic cancers

ROCHESTER, Minn. - Pancreatic cancer and bile duct cancer are difficult to diagnose and often fatal because they are discovered in the advanced stages of the disease. Researchers have developed new tests that double the ability to detect bile duct and pancreatic cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic...

Certified Lab Tests Confirm the Activeion Pro Is a Sanitizing Device

Chemical-Free Cleaning Process Offers Greater than 99.9 Percent Bacterial Reduction ROGERS, Minn., May 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Activeion Pro, a convenient hand-held device that offers a breakthrough in chemical-free cleaning by transforming tap water into a powerful general-purpose cleaner, ...

A first choice of renal function tests in hepatectomy patients

Although creatinine clearance (Ccr) has been measured clinically by a simple method as a preoperative renal function test, Ccr is not strictly equal to glomerular filtration rate (GFR). Recently, an equation for estimated GFR (eGFR) for Japanese individuals has been postulated, and eGFR has been a...

Blood tests and better communication skills could cut over-prescribing of antibiotics

Improving communications skills and the use of a simple blood test could help cut the growing number of inappropriate prescriptions of antibiotics, a joint Cardiff University trial has discovered. In a major new clinical trial, published in the British Medical Journal , a team of researchers ...

Study tests the effect of ending ambulance diversion

When a hospital's emergency department is overcrowded with seriously sick and injured patients, it may "go on diversion," re-routing ambulances to other emergency departments. But the benefits of "diversion" are largely unproven. Often those emergency departments are just as crowded, and the great...

Decision by Medicare's CMS to Deny Coverage for 'Virtual' Colon Cancer Tests Underscores Lack of Evidence on Cancer Prevention

BETHESDA, Md., May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to deny payment for CT colonography, also known as "virtual" colonoscopy, a radiographic examination of the abdomen, underscores the lack of sufficient evidence on the test...

More Cancer Tests Mean More False-Positive Results

Risk for incorrect but worrying findings rises 50 percent by the 14th test, study finds,,,, MONDAY, May 11 (HealthDay News) -- The more cancer screening tests you undergo, the higher your risk of having at least one false-positive result, researchers say. While that conclusion may ...

Group Urges Public to Take Free Asthma Tests in May

It's National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month SATURDAY, April 18 (HealthDay News) -- Free asthma screenings will be offered at more than 200 sites across the United States in May, which is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Adults and children with symptoms such as whee...

Blood tests reveal tobacco smoke residues in non-smoking New Yorkers

More than half of non-smoking New Yorkers have elevated levels of cotinine in their blood meaning that they were recently exposed to toxic second-hand smoke in concentrations high enough to leave residues in the body. Cotinine, a by-product of nicotine breakdown, is not harmful itself but signals...

Effort Could Lead to Blood Tests for Heart Problems

Framingham researchers and private sector biotech scientists will collaborate TUESDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- A new project to discover blood markers that could identify people at increased risk for heart disease and stroke has been launched by the Framingham Heart Study. Res...

New tests provide new insight into why patients are in heart failure

AUGUSTA, Ga. A failing heart makes a lot of a hormone needed to eliminate the excess salt and water bloating the body but not enough of the enzyme needed to activate it, researchers say. Using novel assays they developed, Medical College of Georgia researchers found people in heart failure ha...

Coalition for 21st Century Medicine Endorses 'Patient Access to Critical Lab Tests Act'

- Legislation Seeks to Ensure Medicare Beneficiaries Have Access to Life-Saving Diagnostic Tests, Encourage Continued Innovation of Personalized Medicine - WASHINGTON, March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition for 21st Century Medicine today announced its full endorsement for the Pat...

Cancer Screening Tests Could Do More Harm Than Good: Reader's Digest April Cover Story

Article Explores Overtreatment in America, Growing Group of Scientists Believe Time to Rethink Our Approach to Cancer Screening April Issue Hits Newsstands March 17th PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The April issue of Reader's Digest , which hits newsstands March 17th,...

Mercy Integrated Labs Implements PNA FISH(R) Tests to Help Clinicians Provide Best Care for Patients With Bloodstream Infections

St. Charles Mercy Hospital, St. Anne Mercy Hospital and St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center become first hospitals in the Toledo area to use a new, cutting edge diagnostic technology to fight serious infections and improve patient care and outcomes. WOBURN, Mass. and VEDBAEK, Denmark, March 17 /...

Combo of Tests Might Spot Ovarian Cancer Early

Preliminary findings offer hope against a silent killer,, TUESDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- Used together, a blood test and an ultrasound scan may be effective in detecting ovarian cancer in its early and more curable stages, British researchers report. The two-step detection m...

Upcoming World Kidney Day Underscores Role of Low-Cost Lab Tests in Combating High-Cost Kidney Disease

WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inexpensive, well-established lab tests may hold the key to combating the epidemic of chronic kidney disease (CKD), which is the focus of World Kidney Day, March 12. Kidney disease costs about $60 billion annually and often results in kidney fai...

Study tests reliability of more accurate measure of patient pain

Amsterdam, The Netherlands March 09, 2009 A new study appearing in Pain Practice successfully established the reliability a newly developed device for assessing pain. This device is called the continuous pain score meter (CPSM). It enables continuous real time pain score measurement, which is ...

Follow-Up Tests of Leading Personal Care and Household Cleaning Brands Reveal Improvements in Levels of Carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane

But New Study Indicates Some Products Mislabeled as "Natural" Should Have Cancer Warning ANAHEIM, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, a new follow-up study was released that assesses levels of the petrochemical carcinogen 1,4-dioxane in leading conventional as well as "natural" ...

Libyan Aid Tests 50-Bed BLU-MED Deployable Field Hospital

KIRKLAND, Wash., March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The Libyan Department of Relief and Humanitarian Assistance, also known as Libyan Aid, recently established a significant capability for medical disaster response in Benghazi, Libya. On the morning of February 16th, experts from the American-based company B...

Correction: Lawrence County Raw Milk Dairy Tests Negative for Campylobacter; Raw Milk Sales Resumed

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dean Farms in New Castle, Lawrence County, has tested negative for Campylobacter contamination and resumed sales of raw milk on Feb. 26, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteurized. Pennsy...

Follow-Up Tests of Leading Personal Care and Household Cleaning Brands Reveal Significant Improvements in Levels of Carcinogenic 1,4-dioxane

But New Study Indicates Many Products Mislabeled as 'Natural' and 'Organic' Should Still Have Cancer Warning ANAHEIM, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, March 6, 2009 a follow-up study on 1,4-dioxane contamination in consumer products commissioned by the Organic ...

Lawrence County Raw Milk Dairy Tests Negative For Campylobacter; Raw Milk Sales Resumed

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dean Farms in New Castle, Lawrence County, has tested negative for Campylobacter contamination and resumed sales of raw milk on Feb. 26, Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. Raw milk is milk that has not been pasteu...

Cascade of Studies, New Clinical Tests Build the Case for Genetic Testing in Pharmacy Care Says Medco Expert

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- With more powerful, expensive and potentially dangerous medicines reaching the market on a daily basis, the time has come to leverage genetic tests that provide physicians with the confidence that they have prescribed the precise drug and dos...

Dauphin County Raw Milk Dairy Tests Negative for Listeria; Raw Milk Sales Resumed

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Swiss Villa Dairy Farm in Lykens, Dauphin County, has tested negative for Listeria monocytogenes contamination and resumed sales of raw milk on Feb. 24, Agriculture Secretary Dennis Wolff said today. Raw milk is milk that has not been paste...

PSA Tests Not Race-Specific, Study Finds

Contrary to common belief, same threshold works well for black and white men, researchers say TUESDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Levels of a protein doctors examine to help determine the likelihood of a man developing prostate cancer predicts chances of the disease occurring in black...

Study finds that using wakefulness tests to detect daytime sleepiness in drivers may be unreliable

Westchester, Ill. A study in the Feb. 15 issue of the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that a 40 minute protocol for the Maintenance of Wakefulness Test (MWT40) is superior to a 20-minute protocol (MWT20) at detecting excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS) in adults who may be unable to main...

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center Implements PNA FISH(R) Tests to Help Provide Best Care for Patients with Bloodstream Infections

First hospital in northern Illinois to use a new, cutting edge diagnostic technology to fight serious infections and improve patient care and outcomes. WOBURN, Mass. and VEDBAEK, Denmark, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ --AdvanDx today announced OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, Illinois has...

Colorectal cancer: Immunological tests for more accurate detection of cancer precursors

A large portion of the almost 73,000 colorectal cancers diagnosed in Germany each year could be avoided. If precancerous lesions growths of the intestinal mucosa called adenomas are detected and removed at an early stage, there is a great chance that cancer will not develop at all. Therefore...

Stool-Based Colon Cancer Tests Vary Widely in Accuracy

Colonoscopy remains the best way of spotting trouble, experts say TUESDAY, Feb. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Newer versions of the stool-based colon cancer tests -- recommended annually for Americans over 50 -- vary widely in their ability to spot potential abnormalities, a German study finds...
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