People seem to like unknown cases! So I’ll continue adding to our little collection. You can find other cases here, here, here, here, here and here. In case you’re just joining us, these cases are kind of like the unknown cases you’d see in a pathology residency (or as a medical student rotating through pathology). Only minus the anxiety! Take a look at the photo and read the question…then scroll down for the answer.
I have been doing a ton of reading about Risk Management recently. I find the concept intriguing. Risk has been a mathematical study for hundreds of years. It is intimately tied to statistical analysis and mathematical concepts including Game and Chaos theory. Risk is not only for gamblers, bankers and insurance dealers, it is a useful tool for assisting Quality Management in the decision process.
Rear more: Making Medical Lab Quality Relevant: Calculating Risk
We assessed the acceptability and operational suitability of a rapid point-of-care syphilis test and identified barriers to testing among high-risk groups and healthcare professionals in a sexually transmitted infections clinic in Manaus, Brazil. Use of this test could considerably alleviate the impact of syphilis in hard-to-reach populations in the Amazon region of Brazil.
When isolated from a cell and stretched out, DNA looks like a
twisted ladder. This shape is called a double helix. The sides of the
DNA ladder are called the backbone and the steps (also called
rungs) of the ladder are pairs of small chemicals called bases. There
are four types of chemical bases in DNA: Adenine (A), Cytosine (C),
Guanine (G), and Thymine (T). They form pairs in very specifi c ways:
Adenine (A) always pairs with Thymine (T) and Cytosine (C) always
pairs with Guanine (G).
Your task is to use the following materials and procedure to construct
an edible model of DNA. When you are fi nished, use toothpicks
and tape to label one of each of the chemical bases.
Pregnant women should avoid taking vitamin D supplements, new research suggests. Substitution appears to raise the risk of children developing a food allergy after birth. This was the conclusion drawn from a new survey carried out by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research and the Martin Luther University in Halle-Wittenberg in Germany which was published in the February issue of the medical journal Allergy.
Source: ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals
Ergonomic Issues in the Clinical Laboratory
The term "ergonomics" often conjures up images of correct body positioning and poorly-constructed work spaces or improperly adjusted chairs. However, this is a limited view of a potentially dangerous issue.
Source: Advance for Medical Laboratory Professionals
In medicine, when a result is normal, the laboratory confirms that the patient is free of disease, infection, malformation or not abnormal. Coagulation results aid the clinician in determining if a patient is at a risk for thrombosis or bleeding.
But coagulation is not a perfect science. Coagulation result interpretation is based on the individual patient history relative to their clinical situation. Using all this information, the question can then be asked, "Is this result really normal?"