UK Researchers Believe Somatic Mutations Play Vital Role in Aging, Longevity, and Death

Understanding why some mutations impair normal bodily functions and contribute to cancer may lead to new clinical laboratory diagnostics New insight into the human genome may help explain the ageing process and provide clues to improving human longevity that can be useful to clinical laboratories and researchers developing cancer diagnostics. A recent study conducted at the Wellcome Sanger Institute in Cambridge, United Kingdom, suggests that the speed of DNA errors in genetic mutations may...

Researchers Develop ‘Smart’ Microneedle Adhesive Bandage System for Monitoring Sodium, Glucose, pH, and More

Platform could be next breakthrough in quest for painless technology to replace in-patient phlebotomy blood draws for many clinical laboratory tests In a proof-of-concept study, scientists from Israel and China have developed a “smart” microneedle adhesive bandage that measures and monitors in real time three critical biomarkers that currently require invasive blood draws for medical laboratory tests commonly performed on patients in hospitals. The “smart” microneedle system developed by...

King’s College London Researchers Discover Causal Link between Blood Type and COVID-19 Severity; May Provide Clinical Laboratories with a Useful Diagnostic Insight

Findings are ‘a vital first step in discovering potentially valuable targets for development of new [COVID-19] treatments,’ noted co-first author of the study Researchers at King’s College London (KCL) have determined that levels of certain blood proteins specific to each person’s blood type can be “causally linked” to an increased risk of hospitalization and death from a COVID-19 infection. The scientists also found that a person’s genetics play a key role in establishing the levels of those...

Adolescents with Specific Health Conditions Experience Accelerated Aging at Midlife, According to Published Study in New Zealand

Study shows that access to early childhood treatment could have lasting effects and prevent premature adult aging Researchers in New Zealand have found that people who experienced “daily smoking status, obesity, or a psychological disorder diagnosis” beginning early in life were “biologically older” at midlife than those who did not. The findings suggest that early access to treatments for these health concerns could decrease risk for “accelerated biological aging,” according to the study...

Australian Researchers Develop a Superior Genetic Blood or Saliva Test for Detecting Glaucoma in High-risk Individuals

Should the test prove clinically viable, it could lead to new biomarkers for eye disease diagnostics and a new assay for clinical laboratories Scientists at Flinders University in Australia have developed a genetic blood or saliva test that, they say, is 15 times more effective at identifying individuals at high risk of glaucoma than current medical laboratory tests. If so, this discovery could lead to new biomarkers for diagnostic blood tests that help medical professionals identify and treat...

Four Thousand New Zealand Medical Laboratory Scientists and Technicians Threatened to Strike over Low Pay and Poor Working Conditions

Last-minute court injunction stopped a mass walkout, but allied health workers continue to push country’s District Health Boards for improvements In New Zealand, the unprecedented surge in PCR COVID-19 testing due to the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant appears to have pushed the country’s 10,000 healthcare workers—including 4,000 medical laboratory scientists and technicians—to the breaking point. On March 3, just 24 hours before the first of two walkouts was scheduled to begin, New Zealand’s...
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