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NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Patti Jones, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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Last Friday was a typical Friday – random odd issues arose which needed immediate responses.  Both of the technologists who are trained and competent to perform a very low volume, but rapidly needed specialized test were out of the laboratory, one on vacation and one sick.   Of course, a sample wit...(Read More)
By William E. Winter, MD and Roger L. Bertholf, PhD
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On the electrophoresis service, you observe the following tracing. The urine protein concentration was 8 mg/dL (reference interval: =<10 mg/dL). What is your next action?           Answer: Look at the gel (see below, middle lane). The band-of-restricted mobility is not an M-spike but is...(Read More)
By Doug Dix, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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No professionals care more about quality than clinical chemists. We monitor the precision of every assay, the relevance of every test, and the accuracy of every laboratory. But we let institutional, grant, and editorial review boards operate behind the scenes and without oversight (1). No one has e...(Read More)
By Steve Cotten, PhD and Catherine Hammett-Stabler, PhD
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Our lab recently used some nifty sleuthing to discover that soaps used in our newborn nursery were generating false positive THC urine drug screening results.  Newborn drug testing has far-reaching impacts not only in healthcare, but also in the legal domain.  Prenatal drug exposure is considered c...(Read More)
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