Advances in Gene Sequencing Technology Enable Scientists to Respond to the Novel Coronavirus Outbreak in Record Time with Medical Lab Tests, Therapies
Scientist described the speed at which SARS-CoV-2’s full sequence of genetic material was made public as ‘unprecedented’ and medical labs are rushing to validate tests for this new disease In the United States, headlines scream about the lack of testing for the novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). News reporters ask daily why it is taking […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 18, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment International Laboratory News Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operation Source Type: news

Image of the Day: Coronavirus Samples
The University of Washington department of laboratory medicine in Seattle processes a backlog of COVID-19 samples. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 18, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

FDA Guidance on Conduct of ClinicalTrials of Medical Products During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Published: 3/18/2020. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued this nine-page guidance to provide general considerations to assist sponsors in assuring the safety of trial participants in the conduct of clinical trials of medical products, maintaining compliance with good clinical practice (GCP), and minimizing risks to trial integrity during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. It addresses the challenges that may lead to difficulties in meeting protocol-specified procedures, including administering or using the investigational product or adhering to protocol-mand...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Association for Molecular Pathology commends Senator Rand Paul for introducing the Verified Innovative Testing in American Laboratories (VITAL) act of 2020
(Association for Molecular Pathology) AMP applauds US Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for introducing new legislation to allow molecular pathology professionals to continue advancing and offering laboratory developed testing procedures (LDPs) for patient care. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 18, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Another Study Finds COVID-19 Typically Mild for Kids
TUESDAY, March 17, 2020 -- New research adds to evidence that children infected with COVID-19 have less severe symptoms than adults with the coronavirus. Researchers analyzed the cases of 731 children in China with laboratory test-confirmed cases... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - March 17, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Population-Based Age-Stratified Seroepidemiological Investigation Protocol for COVID-19 Virus Infection
Source: World Health Organization (WHO). Published: 3/17/2020. This 19-page protocol has been designed to investigate the extent of infection, as determined by seropositivity in the general population, in any country in which COVID-19 (coronavirus) infection has been reported. Each country may need to tailor some aspects of this protocol to align with public health, laboratory, and clinical systems, according to capacity, availability of resources, and cultural appropriateness. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

AI-powered shoes unlock the secrets of your sole
(Stevens Institute of Technology) Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have developed an AI-powered, smart insole that instantly turns any shoe into a portable gait-analysis laboratory. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic has a natural origin, scientists say
(Scripps Research Institute) Scripps Research's analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise engineered. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 17, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

COVID-19 Puts the World Health Organization ’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) to Work
The World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (EUL) provides an approach for assessing medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics that could help address an outbreak classified by the WHO as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Robyn Meurant, executive director, regulatory services, IVDs and medical devices for NSF International, describes the EUL as “akin to the U.S. FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization” and says it could help countries that are “without great means to do testing.” ...
Source: MDDI - March 16, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

UPenn Research with Mesothelioma Blood Test Shows Promise
Scientist Ian Blair at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine believes his team is close to identifying the variant of a blood-based biomarker that could diagnose asbestos disease in its earliest stages. If successful, it could clear the path to a more treatable — and potentially curable — stage of malignant mesothelioma cancer. “This could be a big deal. We’re trying to become the first,” Blair told The Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com. “We hope to have it within the year.” The potential breakthrough involves the HMGB1 (High-Mobility Group Box 1) chromosomal protein...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - March 16, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Fran Mannino Source Type: news

CBD firm establishing laboratory in Buffalo
Charlotte's Web is leveraging existing partnership with the University at Buffalo. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dan Miner Source Type: news

Patient ’s $25,865 Bill for Throat Culture and Blood Tests Puts Spotlight on Hidden Costs of Clinical Laboratory Tests
As CMS price transparency rules go into effect, and demand grows for publishing provider charges, consumers are becoming aware of how widely healthcare prices can vary With the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic saturating the news, it is easy to forget that clinical laboratories regularly conduct medical tests for influenza, the common cold, and other illnesses, most […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Association for Molecular Pathology calls on Senate to close coverage gaps for clinical laboratory testing in Families First Coronavirus Response Act
(Association for Molecular Pathology) The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, molecular diagnostic professional society, today released a statement on H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, as passed by the House of Representatives on March 14, 2020. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 16, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

These Lab Animals Will Help Fight Coronavirus
Scientists are ramping up the breeding of lab mice as well as the testing of primates and other animals, but it all takes time. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - March 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: James Gorman Tags: Mice Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) Jackson Laboratory United States Vaccination and Immunization Research Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Mouse Hunt: Lab Races To Grow Mice For COVID-19 Research
Coronavirus researchers need the right genetically engineered mice to test potential vaccines. But most of these mice have been on ice. One lab is breeding a new generation of mice to meet the demand.(Image credit: Aaron Boothroyd/The Jackson Laboratory) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - March 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Martha Ann Overland Source Type: news

Medtech in a Minute: The Latest on How Coronavirus Is Impacting the Industry
FDA Halts Foreign Inspections In a rare action that is sure to impact medical device application reviews, FDA suspended inspections outside the United States through April in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was based on government travel advisories, access restrictions imposed on foreign visitors by certain countries, and the importance of the health and safety of agency employees.   Diagnostics Companies Leap into Action  Becton Dickinson and Company (BD), CerTest Biotech, Qiagen, Quest Diagnostics, Laboratory Corporatio...
Source: MDDI - March 14, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business IVD Source Type: news

Second Mar-a-Lago Guest Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Attending Fundraiser at Trump Resort
(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump said Friday he will likely be tested for the novel coronavirus “fairly soon,” as questions swirled about why the president, his top aides and his family weren’t doing more to protect themselves and others against COVID-19. Trump spent time last weekend with a top Brazilian official who tested positive for the virus after returning from a weekend at the president’s private club in Florida. And late Friday, news broke that a second person who was at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend had tested positive, according to a Republican official who spoke on condition of ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JILL COLVIN, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER / AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 News Desk wire Source Type: news

Chembio and Lumira to Develop POC Tests in the ‘Heat’ of COVID-19 Outbreak
Chembio Diagnostics has enlisted LumiraDx to develop point-of-care tests for the detection of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Demand for COVID-19 diagnostics is at a fever-pitch in the US as there is a huge struggle to get the tests into the healthcare system.   Gail Page, Chembio Diagnostics’s interim president and CEO went in more detail about working with Waltham, MA-based LumiraDx during a call with investors. Page said the diagnostics developed in the collaboration would be used on both the LumiraDx and Chembio DPP platforms.   “This expands and strengthens our e...
Source: MDDI - March 13, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Business Source Type: news

Statins starve cancer cells to death
More than 35 million Americans take statin drugs daily to lower their blood cholesterol levels. Now, in experiments with human cells in the laboratory, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have added to growing evidence that the ubiquitous drug may kill cancer cells and have uncovered clues to how they do it. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - March 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

CMS Considers Using Artificial Intelligence to Battle Fraud; Medical Laboratories Must Ensure Billing Practices Comply with New Federal Affiliation Regulations
Physicians and clinical laboratories that do business with other healthcare providers who have been denied enrollment in Medicare or had their enrollment revoked are under increased scrutiny Efforts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to crack down on fraud could soon be bolstered by artificial intelligence (AI) tools, placing new pressure on […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 13, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing affiliations rule AI anatomic pathology artificial intelligence centers for medicare and medicaid services clinical laboratory clinical pathology CMS Dark Daily dark i Source Type: news

Scientists use cheap plastic lenses to make solar-powered desalination systems more effective
(Natural News) As it turns out, the addition of cheap, plastic lenses can effectively boost the efficiency of solar-powered water desalination systems. This is according to researchers from Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics (LANP), who found that by concentrating sunlight into “hotspots” using lenses, they could boost the efficiency of solar-powered membrane distillation desalination systems... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Roche ’s cobas SARS-CoV-2 Test to detect novel coronavirus receives FDA Emergency Use Authorization and is available in markets accepting the CE mark
             Basel, 13 March 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the cobas ® SARS-CoV-2 Test. It is intended for the qualitative detection of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, in nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swab samples from patients who meet COVID-19 clinical and/or epidemiological criteria for testing. Hospitals and reference laboratories can run the test on Roche’s fully automated cobas® 6800 and co...
Source: Roche Media News - March 13, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Solving obesity: Could manipulating microbes offer an alternative to weight loss surgery?
(Arizona State University) In a new study, 'Temporospatial shifts in the human gut microbiome and metabolome after gastric bypass surgery,' recently published in npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, ASU researcher Zehra Esra Ilhan, ASU Biodesign professor Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown--and researchers from Mayo Clinic and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, have taken another step in understanding how the gut changes after gastric bypass surgery (also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery). (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 13, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Despite entry of large private labs, coronavirus tests remain scarce in U.S.
The entry of commercial lab companies Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings and Quest Diagnostics Inc to help identify cases of the new coronavirus does not seem to be easing the burden of testing in the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - March 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How New Mexico's national laboratories are preparing for coronavirus disruptions
For at least a week, businesses around the Albuquerque area have adapted their procedures as cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus have crept closer to New Mexico. Those efforts have extended to the region's national laboratories. And now that state health officials have identified five "presumptive positive cases" and temporarily banned gatherings of more than 100 people, Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory say they are prepared if more drastic actions are needed. Sandia… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 12, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Collin Krabbe Source Type: news

Illuminating Life: Fluorescence Microscopy
Download this poster from The Scientist to learn how the discovery of a “celestial light” led to one of today’s fundamental laboratory tools! (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 12, 2020 Category: Science Tags: Sponsored Infographics Source Type: news

Exclusive: Here ’s How Fast the Coronavirus Could Infect Over 1 Million Americans
As the novel coronavirus saturates the news, forcing colleges and sports leagues to shut down and infiltrating Hollywood, many Americans are understandably wondering when it will arrive at their doorstep. While the number of known cases in the U.S. appears to be comparatively low as of now, the figures are almost certain to spike very soon, as both testing and exposure increase. While COVID-19 has unquestionably spread further than officially known, it is poised to round the curve and spread widely across the U.S. by the end of April. To better understand outbreaks like this, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...
Source: TIME: Health - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Chris Wilson Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Facet-level analysis of the relations between personality and laboratory aggression - Hyatt CS, Chester DS, Zeichner A, Miller JD.
Multiple reviews and meta-analyses have identified the low pole of the Five-Factor Model (FFM) Agreeableness (also called Antagonism) as the primary domain-level personality correlates of aggression across self-report and behavioral methodologies. In the c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Research Methods, Surveillance and Codes, Models Source Type: news

Simulation and optimization of road deicing salt usage based on Water-Ice-Salt Model - Dan HC, Tan JW, Du YF, Cai JM.
This study aims at helping optimize the application and usage of deicing salts on the winter road surface. Laboratory experiments were conducted for observing how volume and temperature of salt solution change during the deicing process as well as for calc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2): Laboratory Testing Request Form
Source: United Kingdom Department of Health (DH). Published: 3/12/2020. This one-page document, updated on March 12, 2020, is Form (E28) for requesting testing for the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). It is to be sent to the United Kingdom Respiratory Virus Unit. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Statins starve cancer cells to death
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) More than 35 million Americans take statin drugs daily to lower their blood cholesterol levels. Now, in experiments with human cells in the laboratory, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have added to growing evidence that the ubiquitous drug may kill cancer cells and have uncovered clues to how they do it. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Shortage of key components hampers coronavirus testing
California health officials lack key components to run laboratory tests for the virus. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Soumya Karlamangla, Emily Baumgaertner Source Type: news

Ebola virus disease – Democratic Republic of the Congo
It has been over 21 days since the last confirmed case of Ebola virus disease (EVD) has been reported (Figure 1). On 9 March, the last 46 contacts finished their follow-up. These are important milestones in the outbreak as over one maximum incubation period has passed without any confirmed cases of EVD. However, there is still a high risk of re-emergence of EVD, and a critical need to maintain response operations – as outlined in theWHO recommended criteria for declaring the end of the EVD outbreak. Extensive surveillance, pathogen detection, clinical management and other response activities are currently ongoing. Th...
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) – Qatar
On 18 February 2020, the National IHR Focal Point for Qatar reported one laboratory-confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus infection (MERS-CoV) to WHO. (Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks)
Source: WHO Disease Outbreaks - March 12, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: news Source Type: news

Ammonium salts are a reservoir of nitrogen on a cometary nucleus and possibly on some asteroids
The measured nitrogen-to-carbon ratio in comets is lower than for the Sun, a discrepancy which could be alleviated if there is an unknown reservoir of nitrogen in comets. The nucleus of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko exhibits an unidentified broad spectral reflectance feature around 3.2 micrometers, which is ubiquitous across its surface. On the basis of laboratory experiments, we attribute this absorption band to ammonium salts mixed with dust on the surface. The depth of the band indicates that semivolatile ammonium salts are a substantial reservoir of nitrogen in the comet, potentially dominating over refractory organi...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 12, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Poch, O., Istiqomah, I., Quirico, E., Beck, P., Schmitt, B., Theule, P., Faure, A., Hily-Blant, P., Bonal, L., Raponi, A., Ciarniello, M., Rousseau, B., Potin, S., Brissaud, O., Flandinet, L., Filacchione, G., Pommerol, A., Thomas, N., Kappel, D., Mennell Tags: Astronomy, Geochemistry, Geophysics, Online Only, Planetary Science r-articles Source Type: news

FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Critical Factors for Launching a Clinical Decision Support System in the Hospital Laboratory
This white paper—part 2 of a three-part series— provides practical pearls on how a proven decision support solution and one that is a good fit for your lab can be the foundation of an effective laboratory stewardship program, and can greatly assist in controlling utilization and meeting the challenges of value-based care. As well, the paper also clearly explains the points for “buy versus build” laboratory decision support. Choosing the right decision support solution will empower your lab and hospital leaders, clinicians, and staff with more time to focus their core competencies on the provision ...
Source: Dark Daily - March 11, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology White Papers Source Type: news

New Financing Could Help BillionToOne Expand Product Offerings
BillionToOne wants to expand its diagnostic offerings and its most recent financing could give it a push in that direction. The Menlo Park, CA-based company has raised $15 million in a follow-on to its series A round. With this financing, the company BillionToOne has brought in more than $32.5 million. The private company noted previous investors, Hummingbird Ventures and NeoTribe Ventures led the investment round with participation from Y Combinator, Libertus Capital, Pacific 8 Ventures, Civilization Ventures, 500 Startups Istanbul, and HOF Capital. BillionToOne said it will use the proceeds to support the commercial expa...
Source: MDDI - March 11, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Business Source Type: news

Florida Hospital Utilizes Machine Learning Artificial Intelligence Platform to Reduce Clinical Variation in Its Healthcare, with Implications for Medical Laboratories
Pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists may find one hospital’s use of a machine-learning platform to help improve utilization of lab tests both an opportunity and a threat Variation in how individual physicians order, interpret, and act upon clinical laboratory test results is regularly shown by studies in peer-reviewed medical journals to be one reason why […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 11, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Precision Medicine AI American Medical Informatics Association AMIA Source Type: news

A graphene innovation that is music to your ears
(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) A California-based company called GraphAudio is moving toward commercializing graphene-based audio technology developed by researchers at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley in an effort to stimulate an audio revolution. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

€ 2.45 m to investigate leukaemia causes and therapies
(European Molecular Biology Laboratory) The Heidelberg-based LeukoSyStem consortium investigates leukemia stem cells in acute myeloid leukemia. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research financially supports this collaboration between Heidelberg University Hospital, HI-STEM gGmbH, the German Cancer Research Center   and EMBL. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 11, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Popular painkiller ibuprofen affects liver enzymes in mice
(University of California - Davis) The popular painkiller ibuprofen may have more significant effects on the liver than previously thought, according to new research from UC Davis. The study in laboratory mice also shows marked differences between males and females. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 11, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

NHS to ramp up coronavirus testing labs
Public Health England (PHE) is expanding laboratory capacity to help the health service carry out 10,000 coronavirus tests a day. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 11, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More Tests on the Way as Coronavirus Spreads
As the coronavirus continues to spread, companies are ramping up efforts to develop diagnostics. The latest diagnostic comes from CerTest Biotec and Franklin Lakes, NJ-based Becton Dickinson and Company (BD). The duo announced Tuesday the VIASURE SARS-CoV-2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Detection Kit had been adapted for the BD Max System and won CE mark for use in Europe. In a release, the companies said the VIASURE SARS-CoV-2 Real-Time PCR Detection Kit is a real-time reverse transcriptase PCR assay for use on the fully automated BD Max System. It detects SARS-CoV-2 in clinical samples by amplification of a f...
Source: MDDI - March 10, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: IVD Business Source Type: news

Angola: National Laboratory Gets 'Green Light' for Covid-19 Test
[ANGOP] Luanda -The National Molecular Biology Laboratory, installed in Luanda, more than three years ago, was authorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) to carry out tests on the new Coronavirus (Covid-19), to face epidemic hitting the world. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Hair Relaxers Tested By UCT Lab Found to Be Corrosive to Skin
[UCT] Scientists from the Hair and Skin Research (HSR) Laboratory at the University of Cape Town (UCT) have published a study in the South African Medical Journal. According to the paper, all commercially sold hair relaxers they tested, including those advertised for children, were found to be at pH levels that are corrosive to skin. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 10, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Roswell Park will serve as coronavirus laboratory testing site
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday that six medical facilities state-wide will do rapid laboratory testing for COVID-19 or coronavirus. One of those facilities is Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We're delighted to provide that service," Roswell Park President and CEO Dr. Candace Johnson said. WGRZ-TV has more on the story here. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 9, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Leanne Stuck Source Type: news

New Value-Based Payment Model for Oncology Care Could Affect How Pathologists and Medical Laboratories Get Paid for Their Services
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is considering adding clinical laboratory services to bundled payments in its proposed Oncology Care First model Anatomic pathologists, surgical pathologists, and medical laboratories could find some of their services shifted to a bundled payment scheme as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) considers a new value-based alternative […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 9, 2020 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Alternative Payment Model Amy Bassano anatomic pathology APM bundled payments Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation clinical laborato Source Type: news

A prospective transcranial Doppler ultrasound-based evaluation of the effects of repetitive subconcussive head trauma on neurovascular coupling dynamics - Wright AD, Smirl JD, Bryk K, Jakovac M, van Donkelaar P.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of repetitive subconcussive head trauma on neurovascular coupling (NVC) responses. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study collected between September 2013 and December 2016. SETTING: University laboratory. PARTICIPANTS... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Chemical frost protection of road surfaces: a laboratory investigation - Fj ærestad JS, Klein-Paste A, Wåhlin J.
Anti-icing chemicals are commonly used to protect against hoar frost formation on roadways and bridges. Because of their negative impact on both environment and infrastructure, their use should be optimized. During conditions for hoar frost formation, this... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news