NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Alison Woodworth, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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Sepsis is systemic inflammation due to infection.  It is the most common cause of death in intensive care units (1), with a mortality rate up to 50% depending on severity.  Sepsis can be considered in individuals with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) manifested by alterations in at le...(Read More)
By James H. Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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The need for rapid estimates of renal function is leading to greater demand for point-of-care creatinine testing in a variety of patient settings including Radiology, to determine patient ability to clear contrast dyes, and Hematology/Oncology, for dosing chemotherapeutic agents.  This demand h...(Read More)
By Stanley F. Lo, PhD, DABCC, FACB
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Why do we measure bilirubin in neonates?  As most of you know, the natural physiological process of neonatal jaundice can be harmful to the newborn if the bilirubin concentration is too high.  In the case of neonatal hyperbilirubinemia, the increase is primarily due to an immature liver which is ...(Read More)
By Donald L. Frederick, PhD, DABFT, FACB
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Although K2 has been known since 1856 as the second highest mountain (to Everest) in the Karakorum Range, more recently K2 has been known for another type of high;  the high that is achieved by smoking synthetic cannabinoids.  Although the origin of these compounds can be traced to synthetic pr...(Read More)
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