Australia’s Severe Flu Season Could be a Harbinger of Increased Influenza Cases in US and Canada Straining Already Burdened Clinical Laboratories

End of social distancing, masking, and other COVID-19 pandemic mitigations may lead to more severe flu-like infections in northern hemisphere, experts say Clinical laboratory professionals in the United States and Canada should prepare now for a severe flu season. That is according to infectious disease experts at Johns Hopkin’s Center for Health Security who predict the rise in influenza (flu) cases in Australia signals what will likely be higher than normal numbers of flu-like infections...

Discovery of Antibody that Neutralizes All Known Variants of SARS-CoV-2 Could Lead to New Vaccines and Clinical Laboratory Treatments for COVID-19

Though only in early stages, findings could lead to a ‘therapeutic against current and newly-arising variants,’ say researchers As SARS-CoV-2 changes and mutates, some therapeutic antibodies that were once highly effective in fighting the virus have lost potency. But now, in a proof-of-concept study, researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital have identified one antibody that neutralizes all known variants of the coronavirus, including the omicron variant. Microbiologists and clinical...

Monkeypox Clinical Laboratory Testing Capacity in US Is Strong according to CDC Director. But Is It really?

Testing capacity has been boosted by inclusion of commercial laboratory companies and the fact that the virus spreads less easily than SARS-CoV-2 At the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, clinical laboratories were unprepared for unprecedented testing volumes. Fast forward to today, and the monkeypox outbreak has some clinical laboratory managers and pathologists wondering if they might again be faced with a surge in demand for monkeypox testing. The good news is that so far the supply of tests...

India’s Central Government Tasks 15 Viral Research and Clinical Laboratories to Perform Monkeypox Surveillance Testing

South Asian nation aims to do what US, UK, and Europe failed to do during start of COVID-19 pandemic and slow spread of disease while case counts are low With monkeypox quickly spreading around the world, India may be taking a lesson from western nations’ delayed response to COVID-19—including a sometimes slow availability of clinical lab testing for monkeypox—and preemptively increasing its national surveillance of the deadly social disease. On Aug. 29, the Hindustan Times reported that in an...

Nearly One Million Patient Records of Hospitals, Health Clinics, Medical Laboratories, and other Providers Stolen in Ransomware Attack on Medical Records Company

Clinical labs should proactively investigate how a vendor will respond to a data security incident and how quickly, says expert Clinical laboratory managers in New York and surrounding areas should be aware that  almost one million protected health information (PHI) records from as many as 28 healthcare providers appear to have been stolen from a medical records company that services these providers. Practice Resources LLC (PRL), a company that provides billing services for dozens of hospitals...

First It Was Health Monitoring Devices on Wrists, Now It’s Health Monitoring on Fingers

Will health monitoring with finger rings become more popular than wrist worn devices? One company hopes the answer is yes! Personal health monitoring devices continue to grow smaller. Now there is a company selling a smart ring that fits on an individual’s finger. Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists may find this an interesting development, particularly because it shows progress in miniaturizing diagnostic capabilities and putting them into ever-smaller devices. At the same time,...
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