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NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Corinne Fantz, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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The use of bar codes for identification purposes has made many health care processes more reliable and efficient. However, while the current laboratory standard is Code 128, it is certainly not the safest and most reliable symbology in use today.  Malfunctioning bar code printers, improperly size...(Read More)
By Roger Bertholf, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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If one were to compile a list of terms that ought to be eliminated from the laboratory medicine lexicon, “pseudohyponatremia” (PHN) would certainly be on it (and, by the way, such a list would be very long!). The problem with the term PHN is that it is used in reference to two completely differen...(Read More)
By Stephen Kahn, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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It has been roughly 10 years since the first published studies reported that controlling a hospitalized inpatient’s blood glucose level within a narrow range could impact clinical outcomes to potentially have a significant and beneficial effect on the risk of illness or death (1-3). These early...(Read More)
By William E. Winter, MD, FACB
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A recent article in Diabetes Care (1) found that hemoglobin A1c did not perform as well for the detection of risk for diabetes as fasting plasma glucose or the 2-h glucose on an OGTT. Do you agree or disagree? Is this the only interpretation of the data? What else might be studied?   My comme...(Read More)