Medical Laboratories Respond to Monkeypox Outbreak Using CDC-Developed Diagnostic Test

The federal agency shipped tests to five commercial clinical laboratory companies, augmenting efforts by public health labs Medical laboratories in the US are ramping up their efforts to respond to an outbreak of monkeypox that has been spreading around the globe. Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists will be interested to learn that this infectious agent—which is new to the US—may be establishing itself in the wild rodent population in this country. If proved to be true, it means...

New Report Reveals That Medicare Part A Fund May Be Tapped Out By 2028, Triggering Calls for Congress to Address This Problem

Experts say it is time to change Medicare financing, even as large numbers of baby boomers continue to enroll in the program each year Medicare’s fund for payment of inpatient hospital care is expected to be tapped out in 2028. That’s according to a new report from Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds (2022 Medicare Trustees Report). That’s somewhat better than running out of money for inpatient care in 2026, which was what Medicare...

Disease Investigators Track a Growing Number of Pediatric Hepatitis Cases Appearing Around the World

CDC asks physicians and clinical laboratories to be on the lookout and report symptoms of hepatitis to state health departments Growing incidences of hepatitis in children are perplexing medical professionals and researchers in several countries around the world. The mysterious outbreak is occurring in otherwise healthy children and, to date, is of unknown origin, though an adenovirus may be involved. Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists who perform virology testing may want to...

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...

UCF Researchers Develop an Optical Sensor That Identifies Viruses in Blood Samples in Seconds with 95% Accuracy

New nanotechnology device is significantly faster than typical rapid detection clinical laboratory tests and can be manufactured to identify not just COVID-19 at point of care, but other viruses as well Researchers at the University of Central Florida (UCF) announced the development of an optical sensor that uses nanotechnology to identify viruses in blood samples in seconds with an impressive 95% accuracy. This breakthrough underscores the value of continued research into technologies that...
;